Top 10 Trends: Fall 2012

Fall 2012 offers so many choices to update your wardrobe. Runway looks will be re-interpreted for reality but serve as inspiration for you to create your own signature style. Have fun with the mix! Here are some ideas to inspire you!

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emerald and bamboo earrings

1. Something in Green

Tired of red and black? Green is a welcome alternative to add a punch of freshness to outfits, as well as to accessories.

Philip Lim Overcoat

Philip Lim Overcoat

2. Cropped printed pants

Some designers featured head to toe pants suits in bold graphic prints for a big fashion statement. As an alternative, opt for printed pants with a simple top with some volume to off set the skinny cropped look of the pants.

J. Crew

J. Crew

Celine

Celine

3. Statement handbag 

This trend appears each season, emphasizing the importance of a great handbag. Top handled totes come in textures and wonderful hues. Clutches are always chic, especially in a color or embellished.

Dior

Dior

4. Coat with volume

Coats for the fall fell away from the body. Some recalled menswear in their over sized cocoon shapes. Others had a Victorian appeal. Strong lines, structure and volume were shared qualities for the silhouette.

Philip Lim coat

Philip Lim


5. Brocade

Opulence is on display with luxe fabrications in brocade for jackets, skirts and dresses.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

6. The Peplum Dress

The popularity of the peplum is proving enduring from season to season. Perhaps it’s because it gives the appearance of a waspish waist for a flattering effect.

Lanvin

Lanvin

7. Smoking Slipper Shoes

Borrowing from menswear, the smoking slipper shoes are a versatile choice for fall. Paired with leggings, jeans, and slacks, they can update a casual outfit. With a tuxedo jacket or suit, they can finish an elegant evening look.

Aspinal of London

Aspinal of London

8. Anything in Leather

The motorcycle jacket has become a classic, but leather in all guises is the big news for fall. Look for leggings, blouses, dresses, skirts, and entire ensembles in leather. To subdue the rocker look, combine with denim or lace. An alternative to leather leggings is coated denim that looks like leather with easier care.

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

9. Baroque embellishment

There was nothing understated in the Renaissance richness of brocade fabrics and baroque embellishments on classic silhouettes. Perhaps designers were influenced by Downton Abbey and Anna Karenina.

Baroque Embellishment

Baroque Embellishment

10. Asian Motif

The year of the dragon was an obvious influence, as designers gazed to the east for inspiration for Asian motifs.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler