Did I ever mention that I am obsessed with Fall! Fall brings crisp air and beautiful foliage to the season, but its best bounty may be its fashion offerings. There’s no better time of year for designers to showcase their talent than during fall fashion week. And this year is no exception.Sure the hotter months are always nice & you can sport those cute & light blouses and summer dresses but Fall is when you can really play out your inner fashionista.
The Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear collections are exhibiting some trends that you won’t be able to wait to incorporate into your wardrobe. While there isn’t one solid takeaway trend to come out of the collections, there are many enviable looks and styles you’ll want to wear. Not to mention, color is key this season. Highly pigmented, bold hues such as jade green, cobalt blue, crimson red and mustard yellow are of the moment. A great thing about this season in particular is that they use a lot of the spring/summer fashion and transition them into the Fall. So don’t let go of your flower prints and lace yet!
To give you a head start on your fall shopping, here is a sampling of our favorite wearable trends to look for.
I’m super ecstatic for this year’s trends!
Designers such as Tory Burch, Adam and DKNY featured looks with allover tartans, including pant suits, skirts and tops and dresses. While these styles made a bold statement, you can still capture the trend by paring down the look and wearing just one element of plaid in your ensemble.
Capes and Ponchos
As a chic alternative to the traditional overcoat, designers included a cape or poncho in their coat collection. Everything from sporty and preppy to sleek and sexy styles made their debut.
Long Skirts and Sweaters
Effortless gauzy skirts paired with cozy sweaters just might be the new weekend chic attire for fall. Pair chunky sweaters over summery maxi skirts to make an easy transition from summer to fall.
Mid calf-length skirts in cool metallics, graphic mixed prints and even leathers were worn with feminine blouses featuring billowy sleeves. More structured blazers and tailored vests with whittled waistlines and peplum details made a sophisticated statement all over the catwalk.
Fashion icons Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, and Stella McCartney sent a variety of playful dot prints down the runway, from head to toe dots to touches of the whimsical pattern on scarves and other accent pieces.
This is the 2011 version of 90’s grunge, but so much more sophisticated. No stringy hair or thrift store frocks in these styles. Designers such as Chanel, Altuzarra, Haider Ackermann, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang featured long, loose silhouettes and layers of luxe fabrics.
Home on the range was a central theme with prairie-based styles. Proenza Schouler featured jacquard prints and American Indian-inspired macramé skirts. Rodarte cast images of wheat fields on their prairie dresses.
Trendy for the past few seasons, menswear-driven looks are still reigning supreme. Jason Wu and Céline showcased stiff coats while other designers featured dusters, boyfriend sweaters paired with flowy skirts and pin-straight pants. DKNY had a standout camel pants suit, while Ralph Lauren showcased a striped cocktail suit.
Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch and Jill Stuart fashioned knee-length fur vests, Oscar de le Renta showed a lavish mink coat, while Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone and Pamela Rowland featured puffy fur sleeves. Fur accents are also big for fall. For example, Wang featured mink wrapped sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim had a fur belt, while Michael Kors showcased a fur cross-body bag.
Silhouettes of the ’50s and ’60s, including padded dresses and coats, hooded ski sweaters and cigarette pants made a bold statement in several designers’ collections. Ralph Lauren in particular took a cue from the 1920s with beaded gowns and a jade green charmuese sheath.
Vicroia Beckham and Daryl K were among the designers taking fashion editors and insiders on a safari by way of camouflage-printed dresses, tops and pants. The army-chic look seems to be a new way to do neutrals in a way that’s more interesting.
This season, lacy designs made their way down several runways, including Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung. But what made these looks unique was the designers’ use of lace as an accent rather than an allover pattern.
Mix & Match
Clashing patterns seemed to go together at many shows this season, like Proenza Schouler, Libertine and Thakoon. The key to making this look work is keeping the patterns in the same color palette or style.
When you think of floral prints, spring comes to mind rather than fall, but designers took the traditional designs and gave them a more wintry flare. Miu Miu showcased dandelions; Jil Sander featured daisies, while Mary Katrantzou incorporated Ming vase-like prints.
This year’s long dress doesn’t just graze the floor, it sweeps it. Prabal Gurung, Peter Som and Carolina Herera perfectly executed this trend in the way of skirts and dresses that took maxi to the extreme.
One great designer that I’m excited for this year is Gucci. Check out their 2011 Fall-Winter Line. Beautiful!