Despite the fact we are in the midst of an oh-so-sweltering summer, fashion is always forward- looking and the fall/winter season is just around the corner. Accordingly, today’s Trend Report is dedicated to giving you a head start on your fall fashion wishlist. Whether you’re craving an oversized cape (à la Rag & Bone), a sophisticated sweater (as seen at Missoni and Diane Von Furstenberg) or a grunge-glam maxi skirt (in the style of Charlotte Ronson and Michael Kors), we’re sure you’ll find plenty of style and shopping inspiration in next season’s must-have styles. With that, we present our Fall 2010 Trend Report! Sit back and get inspired!
Cozy knits are always must-have pieces for fall, but this season we’re taking our knits to the next level and throwing them on from head to toe. At Missoni (middle), models showed off masterfully-layered, colorful ensembles, while the Rag & Bone (left) and Diane Von Furstenberg (right) iterations were lessons in accessorizing—just throw on an oversized cardigan, a cable-knit scarf or thick socks, and you’re good to go. To get a jump start on this snug fall trend, try M Missoni’s Ribbed Turtleneck Dress ($375) or BB Dakota’s Branson Cardigan Sweater ($85).
While there is a profusion of outerwear styles to mull over this fall—camel coats, shearling and chunky knits, among others—one of the most chic options is the cape. While Rag & Bone (left) played with heritage prints such as plaid, William Rast (middle) gave its design a fresh military-chic twist and Christian Dior (right) wowed with larger-than-life leather. To get a jump start on this timeless fall trend, try Topshop’s Army Cape Jacket ($110) or American Apparel’s California Fleece Cape ($65).
Inspired by shows like Mad Men and style icons such as Grace Kelly, the overtly feminine silhouettes of the 1950s are seeing a flirty revival for fall. Louis Vuitton (left), Prada (middle) and Jason Wu (right), among others, all created ladylike ensembles with full swinging skirts and cinched waists—plenty of va-va voom! To get a jump start on this traditional fall trend, try Marc By Marc Jacobs’ Cottonball Flower Print Dress ($289) or See By Chloe’s Scoop Neck Dress ($534).
One of fall’s boldest trends is also, surprisingly, one of the most effortless and unfussy: simple sophistication, in the form of a-line dresses, straight-leg pants and clean lines. Although Celine (left) and Stella McCartney (right) flaunted faultless iterations, the Marc Jacobs (middle) collection was a highlight thanks to its restrained, nostalgic creations. To get a jump start on this understated fall trend, try Ella Moss’s Frida Dress ($168) or Thakoon’s Cigarette Pants ($525).
This fall, we’re particularly eager to see the return of the maxi skirt, a grunge-glam look that is as striking as it is subdued. While brands like Michael Kors (left) and Dries Van Noten (right) injected a touch of glamour via sequined and silk iterations, Charlotte Ronson (middle) opted for a 90s-inspired mismatched-print version. Whether you opt for glam or grunge, there’s a collective viewpoint at work: wear your maxi skirt with an oversized sweater. To get a jump start on this easy fall trend, try ASOS’s Seam Detail Maxi Skirt ($43.81) or Bassike’s Organic Merino Wool Maxi Skirt ($275).
Hints Of Fur
Fur is always a familiar runway sight, particularly for fall, but what is notable this season is the subtle hints and clever embellishments—think fur-trimmed flak jackets (as seen at William Rast (right)), yeti-inspired ski boots (à la Chanel (middle)) and oversized collars (a major theme at Burberry (left)). To get a jump start on this luxe fall trend, try BB Dakota’s Manderson Leather Jacket ($300) or Oscar de la Renta’s Fur Trim Lace-Up Bootie ($850).
This fall, lush velvet is one of the most must-have fabrics for your closet. While we’re particularly enamored with any and every deep red version, such as the rich red wine at Ralph Lauren (right), we’re also taken with the forest green at Giorgio Armani (left) and cobalt blue at Charlotte Ronson (middle). To get a jump start on this lavish fall trend, try Leyendecker’s ACDC Strapless Mini Dress ($99) or Vila’s Velvet Dress ($67.40).
One of the most noticeable and most noteworthy trends seen at the fall shows was the cornucopia of cozy shearling. Who did it best? Burberry Prorsum (middle) wowed the crowd with an abundance of snug aviator jackets, while Ralph Lauren (left) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (right) both revealed warm, inviting iterations. To get a jump start on this cozy fall trend, try Burberry’s Shearling Giant Collar Tailored Aviator Jacket ($2,995), Acne’s Rita Biker Jacket ($1,041) or Topshop’s Sheepskin Flying Jacket ($650).
The camel coat is a fall/winter constant—less trend, more investment piece. This season, designers focused on new silhouettes, such as boxy outlines, slouchy menswear-inspired shapes and fitted feminine figures. While we’re particularly enamored with Aquascutum’s (middle) flirty ruffle, we also love the iterations at Chloe (left) and DKNY (right). To get a jump start on this elegant fall trend, try Diane Von Furstenberg’s Loren Coat ($695) or Michael Michael Kors’ Wool Blend Babydoll Hood Coat ($159.30).
Last year’s lust for animal prints is still going strong. However, this season, the wildly popular pattern is best flaunted via your accessory closet. While brands like Dolce & Gabbana (left) and Dries Van Noten (right) opted for subtle dashes of leopard—stamped on a handbag or printed on a scarf—Moschino Cheap & Chic went for maximum impact, infusing their entire ensemble with a heavy dose of animal. To get a jump start on this fierce fall trend, try Deena & Ozzy’s Pony Purse ($48) or Dolce & Gabbana’s Leopard Print Peep Toe Shoe ($495).
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