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

Top 10 Trends: Spring 2012

I had difficulty paring the list of trends down to a mere ten this spring, as there are so many trends, but here are my top picks for the season. As with any season, you need not embrace all the trends, but I hope you enjoy incorporating a few into your wardrobe and have some fun with fashion.

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1. Bold Floral Prints
 
These are not shrinking violate prints, but are big, bold florals on sheaths, tops, and pants, and even head to toe for quite a statement.
J Crew

J Crew

 

2. Little White Dress

As seen on the Red Carpet at this year’s Oscars, white was the color for some of the most winning gowns. So give black a rest and embrace white for a fresh spring look.
Jason Wu

Jason Wu

 

3. Structured colored handbag or clutch

A color in a structured handbag or clutch can add just the right amount of punctuation to an outfit.
Prada

Prada

Lanvin

Lanvin

 

4. Sandals with Wedge Heels 

The wedge heel gives stability, height, and chic to a summer sandal.
Marni Suede Wedge

Marni Suede Wedge

 

5. Pleated skirt

Accordion and knife pleated skirts soften the silhouette and add volume without bulk for a feminine appeal.
Prada

Prada

 

6. Peplum

The flare of the peplum, if proportioned correctly, gives the appearance of a wasp waist, with a retro nod to a 1950’s style. But it can also give an architectural look of modernity if kept minimal.
Vera Wang

Vera Wang

 

7. Patterned and colored pants 

The colored jean is a carryover from last spring, and this season we see the ubiquity of patterned jeans as well as pants.

Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe

 

8. Something in Tangerine 

Tangerine or orange is the color of the season, and if you are shy about doing it head to toe, look for an accent of color in a detail or a pattern, or go bright with an accessory. Yellows and the full spectrum of blues are other choices. Brights seek a natural complement in navy and other neutrals.
Derek Lam

Derek Lam

 

9. Global Prints 

Earthtones, batik prints, geometrics and patterns display an ethnic edge in many of the global prints this season.
Donna Karan

Donna Karan

 

10. Dangly earrings

Big, dangly earrings are staging a comeback this season. Embellished with diamonds, crystals, beads, horns, chains and tassels, these are bold, look-at-me pieces.
Marni

Marni

Top Ten Trends: Fall 2011

There are some carryover trends from spring as well as last fall, but of updated to reflect the change of season and cooling temperatures.

 

1. Colored pants

Bright pants can punch up any outfit and banish the gloom of dark days, but keep the top simple. Skinny jeans are still popular so choose a color to enliven your denim collection.

colored jeans 2

 

2. Color blocking and Geometrics

Mix unexpected hues for maximum impact. Color blocking can also be achieved by pairing unexpected colors in tops and bottoms, like purple and saffron, fuchsia and red. Black and white always makes a strong graphic statement.

Geometric

 

3. Maxi skirt

Hemlines fall to the ground, but this fall eschews the bohemian look in favor of the more tailored and urban, or in the case of Dries van Noten, tribal and patterned. But with volume on the bottom, keep the top half simple and fitted.
Dries van Noten long skirt

4. Lace

Lace continues to be a fall favorite, in all incarnations— sheer, layered onto sweaters, and a heavy version called “guipure”. If wearing lace head to toe, stay monochromatic as in these luxe versions in black and in the deep red of the season.

Lace

 

5. High heeled Loafers

Loafers have lasting appeal, but they are going to new heights with high-heeled ones this fall.

Coach

Coach

High heeled loafer J Crew (1)

 

6. Structured handbags

On the heels of the cross body handbag, the structured handheld handbag is having its moment of popularity and is the perfect accompaniment to ladylike dresses and sleek menswear suits.

Jason Wu red satchel Marc Jacobs handheld satchel with polka dot gloves

 

7. Polka Dots

Polka dots offer a touch of whimsy. Marc Jacobs could not get enough of polka dots, going overboard with dots on everything. Stella McCartney layered white sequin like discs as well as black polka dots over sheer tulle for a very sophisticated effect.

Marc Jacobs polka dot suit

 

 

8. Red and Bordeaux colors

Red and Bordeaux are but two of the myriad choices of rich colors this fall, a welcome relief from the omnipresent black. Look for jade green, cobalt blue, saffron and deep purples. Metallics are always in fashion. If wearing color feels too risky, try a punch of color in accessories with your blacks or neutrals.

Elie Tahari

Elie Tahari

 

9. Leather skirts

Leather skirts are stealing the limelight from the must have leather jacket, and some styles have an ease about them, thus avoiding the sausage casing look.

leather skirt 2 metallic leather skirt

 

10. Poncho

The poncho is an easy throw on piece available in many guises, from wool to knits. Keep it simple and more tailored to avoid the flower child look of the 1960s. This poncho works more like a top.

yellow poncho

 

These are but a few of the many choices that await you for a stylish fall! Enjoy!