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Trends to Look for This Fall

Updated on December 30, 2011
 Fur, real or faux, is a hot trend this fall, but don't look for it in neutral colors. Fur has taken on new hues this season as evidenced on the runways.   Diane von Furstenberg Mongolian Lamb fur vest in Aloe.
Fur, real or faux, is a hot trend this fall, but don't look for it in neutral colors. Fur has taken on new hues this season as evidenced on the runways. Diane von Furstenberg Mongolian Lamb fur vest in Aloe. | Source

The Fall Season is Quickly Approaching

Fifteen more days of summer left and the days are getting shorter and shorter, while the night air keeps getting cooler. At times I wish summer could last forever, but, if it did, then I wouldn’t be able to wear my favorite chunky sweater or my beloved distressed leather slouchy motorcycle boots – although, I have seen some of you ladies still rocking those boots with your cut-offs and your ditsy print minis, and I think to myself “cute, but your feet have got to be hot in those things”. Back to my point – the fall season is quickly upon us, whether we like it or not, however, fashion does not disappoint. Then again, she rarely does. Fall has always been fashion’s biggest and busiest season with so much to love; whether it’s sumptuous color in the form of solids or prints, cozy knits, or kick-ass boots, shoes or bags in rich suede and leather; studded up, blinged out, or with fringed benefits. Oh, and don't forget those exciting outerwear pieces that make a statements all their own; this season the outerwear ensemble is just as important as what's underneath! Now let’s talk about the trends, shall we?

A Few Stand-out Fall Collections...

BCBG Max Azaria: Minimal, but never boring. Beautiful, sometimes sheer silk, flowing dresses over a staple, slightly sheer white turtleneck bodysuit with black cuffs. Color blocked tunics add a 70's vibe with stacked knee-high boots.

Haider Ackermann: Rich, sumptuous jewel toned satin, silk, leather and suede fabrics with exquisite draping and wrapping with a focus on belted waists and necklines; whether plunging or up to there, nestled in layers of silk, rolled and pushed up sleeves and long lean legs. The look is romantic with more than enough edginess to be taken seriously.

Michael Kors: One of the masters of the monochromatic look. This collection is a mix of exquisite tailoring and beautiful drape. Clean jackets over straight-leg pants paired with easy charmeuse blouses, body suits, tunics and jumpsuits, layers of draped jersey over easy pants topped with dyed to match furs, and a shimmer and sparkle in the way of clingy dresses for evening.

Diane Von Furstenberg: She calls this collection "American Legends", with looks that lend themselves to the wild west; wide brimmed hats with adjustable straps, fringed suede boots and gauchos with bright gold snaps up the sides. However, the collection is much more than that. It's sexy and luxurious with those signature bold prints that we've come to love from DVF, vivid colors in furs and charmeuse, and a little glitz and sparkle thrown in for good measure.

Gucci by Frida Giannini: uber sexy 70's glamor with Anjelica Huston & Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) as influences. Pussy bow blouses, which are all the rage this season as we go back to very feminine dressing, fedoras with feathers, gorgeous silks and sheers, maxi dresses with up to there slits, plunging necklines with pussy bows and let's not forget those gorgeous colors!

Lace gets a color makeover this season in bright hues.
Lace gets a color makeover this season in bright hues. | Source
Cocoon style maxi coat from KaufmanFranco Fall Collection, 76; a collaboration between Ken Kaufman & Isaac Franco
Cocoon style maxi coat from KaufmanFranco Fall Collection, 76; a collaboration between Ken Kaufman & Isaac Franco | Source

The Fashion Trends

The Key Trends:

  • 70's; trouser pants in denim and corduroy, higher waistlines, pussy bow blouses, color-blocking, stacked-heel knee-high boots, brimmed felt hats, leathers, suedes, feathers and furs. Think Charlie's Angels (the original), Diana Ross in Mahogany

Designers: Gucci, BCBG Max Azria, Diane von Furstenburg

  • Classic menswear inspiration, tuxedo and suit dressing. Think grey flannel, tweeds & shirting stripes. The return to suit dressing; long & lean easy jackets over slender or slightly swingy skirts that end just above the knee or worn with straight leg pants, channel suit looks. Sheer fabrics and lace feminize this menswear look

Designers: Jason Wu, Yves Saint Laurent, Moschino


Prints & Patterns:

  • Batik & Ikat prints on everything from sportswear to home décor
  • Geometric patterns & bold color blocking/mixing prints & patterns
  • Tyrolean patterns, fair isle stitches, allover jacquards in 60's inspired Jackie O style cardigans
  • Mad for plaids: blanket plaids, tartan plaids
  • Polka Dots
  • Animal Skins: python, leopard; look for it in head to toe looks, mixed & matched, and accessories (shoes, belts, bags, scarves)

Designers: Dries Van Noten, Oscar De La Renta, Suno, BCBG Max Azria, Chloe, Rag & Bone, Prada, Diane von Furstenberg, Versace, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Pringle of Scotland, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney


The Hot Items:

  • The Maxi coat
  • The Pussy Bow Blouse
  • The printed dress
  • The little red dress
  • Capes & Ponchos
  • Wide leg trouser pants
  • Leather skirts
  • Classic black pants
  • Camel leather jacket
  • Maxi skirts & dresses, some with up to there slits
  • Velvet skinny pants
  • The blazer
  • The pleated skirt
  • The printed pant


The Details:

  • Buttons
  • Fringe: shoes, bags, jewelry
  • Feathers
  • Quilting: bags, shoes, shirts, skinny jeans
  • Draping & layers
  • Lace in traditional black as well as bright colors
  • Sheer fabrics
  • Metallic & sparkle

Fall Into Color...

Rich, vivid color filled the runways of Gucci, Alberta Ferretti and Michael Kors, just to name a few. Gucci photos by Monica Feudi, Albeta Ferretti photos by Marcus Tondo, Michael Kors photos by Yannis Vlamos
Rich, vivid color filled the runways of Gucci, Alberta Ferretti and Michael Kors, just to name a few. Gucci photos by Monica Feudi, Albeta Ferretti photos by Marcus Tondo, Michael Kors photos by Yannis Vlamos | Source

Fall Into Color: The Season's Most Important Color Trends

The bright color trend from Spring has carried over into Fall and will continue into Resort, but more on that in the next piece. This season designers are contrasting color and texture by incorporating such influences as old Hollywood glamor, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countrysides, and creating an exciting and intriguing balance of visual eye candy. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, "Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art. Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette."

Here are 10 of the season's hottest hues:

Bamboo - a warm yellow with a subtle green undertone

Emberglow - an orangy traditional autumnal tone

Honeysuckle - a yummy reddish pink (you may remember this beautiful color from spring, yes?)

Phlox - a deep luxurious magenta

Cedar - a mid-tone neutral green; think olive

Deep Teal - a blue-toned dark green

Coffee Liqueur - a rich and earthy neutral tone; nice alternative to basic black

Nougat - a warm camel tan; a staple every fall as it pairs nicely with bright colors

Orchid Hush - a light shade of gray with orchid undertones

Quarry - a medium gray with hints of bluish undertones

Red - this bright vivacious color is not listed as a top hue by Pantone, Inc. this season, however, this color did appear on the runways in head-to-toe looks. This color is Hot, Hot, Hot! Make a bold statement this season is this head-turning hue.

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      Geuri 6 years ago

      Totally Loved this! I have to say it's my favorite piece you've written, you are right on with all the up-coming trends, and your colors are amazing! Great work, keep it up!

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      Royalty1022 6 years ago

      Very nice article it really kept me involved and I could actually vizualize a huge runway with all the fashion pieces you mentioned in all the beautiful colors. Very nicely done! Enjoyed reading...

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      Don 6 years ago

      Hey Kid:

      Nice job! Keep it up and see you on the runway.

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