Fall/Winter 2012 Trends


Fall is inching closer and if you can’t tell by the weather just pop into your favorite boutique and you’ll see and feel it there. Every new season gives us trends to look forward to and some spillovers from the previous one to manifest again.

1.) Accentuate the positive.  – With the success of The Duchess of Windsor’s (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) wedding dress, focus has zeroed in on the waist with peplums, panniers and padding to the hips.

Left to Right: Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Lanvin.

2.) Brocade & Embellishment – There was a common golden thread running through the season. Dries Van Noten, Dolce & Gabbanna, and Olivier Rousteing at Balmain channeled baroque opulence with rich brocades and embellishments.
Left to Right: Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta.

3.) Fur Accents – For those of us who fur coats are over kill yet still love a little taste, this is your trend. Shoulders, sleeves, vests…. a little fur goes a long way.

Left to Right: Fendi, Missoni, Band of Outsiders.

4.) Gothic Leather – After seasons of blinding bright hues and busy prints, fashion has turned a nouveau gothic corner. Tough black leather turned up at Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, and Versace to name a few.

Left to Right: Valentino, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent.

5.) Lace – Sugar and Spice and everything … lace.

Left to Right: Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino.

6.) Outerwear – This season outerwear is over sized and goes away from the body. Think convex to concave.

Left to Right: Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Valentino.

7.) Printed Pant Suits  –  We’ve been seeing printed pants for some time now. This season pairs the matching jacket to the pants.

Left to Right: Etro, Rag & Bone, Prada.

8.) Winter White – White has always had its place in the fall season, but not like this! Most every designer had their way with the color.

Left to Right: Bottega Venetta, Pronza Schouler, Alexander McQueen.

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