While it is sad to see summer fade away, the good news is that fall is here, which means a whole new season of stylish delights to fawn over! On that note, if you are ready to whip your closet into shape, today’s special edition Trend Report: Fall 2011 is dedicated to giving you a jump start on your fall fashion wishlist. So, whether you are craving a chic cape (à la Rag & Bone), a head-to-toe print (as seen at Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs), or you are in the mood for a heeled loafer (spotted at Yves Saint Laurent), we’re sure you will find plenty of style and shopping inspiration inside! Ready, set, go!
One of the boldest trends this season is fetish-inspired clothing, a perfect look for the “good girl gone bad.” Who did it best? At Louis Vuitton (left), Marc Jacobs wowed the crowd when he sent Kate Moss onto the runway wearing bondage boots, with cigarette in hand. Meanwhile, at Mugler (right), Nicola Formichetti opted for skintight pieces in luxe leather. To get a head start on this sexy fall trend, try Sparkle & Fade’s Cutout Bustier Top ($54) or Motel’s Renne Cage Back Dress ($69.52).
Metal chokers are having a major moment this fall thanks to turns on the catwalk at Michael Kors (pictured), Elie Saab, and Chanel. And while it is worth noting that this trend can be styled in a slew of different ways, we love how chokers were worn at Michael Kors: with a slinky dress, under a luxe fur. To get a head start on this major fall trend, check out Fallon Jewelry’s Bourdin Collar ($240) and Topshop’s Premium Rhinestone Casting Choker ($110).
This season, the fashion world has set aside minis and moved on to midi skirts, thanks in part to brands like Balenciaga (left) and Sportmax (right). Happily, midi skirts can be worn in a variety of ways. A pencil skirt and a button-down, a full skirt and a pussy-bow blouse, a sequined skirt and a sweater—these are all looks worth trying. To get a head start on this sleek fall trend, check out Marc By Marc Jacobs’s Running Impala Skirt ($428) and BB Dakota’s Nikki Midi Bodycon Skirt ($69).
The 1960s are nearly always referenced at fashion week, but this season, the era really stood out thanks to brands such as Prada (left) and Alberta Ferretti (right), which channeled the mod culture of the decade. Tunic dresses, boxy coats, and pastel palettes all made appearances on the runway, proving that the 1960s are back in fashion again. To get a head start on this cool fall trend, pick up a dress like Shoshanna’s Check Dress ($319) or a coat like Trina Turk’s Pan-Am Coat ($398).
Obviously, outerwear is a must in fall, but which look is having a major moment this season? Capes, dear readers, as seen at Rag & Bone (pictured), as well as Chloe and Matthew Williamson. Happily, there are few rules when working this trend. A neutral color will work best, but there is definitely room to have fun with embellishments and texture. To get a head start on this cozy fall trend, try Rag & Bone’s Leighton Cape ($995) or Forever 21’s Trench Cape ($27.80).
This fall, we are particularly excited about Southwestern prints, in all shapes and forms. Our favorites? We were smitten with the graphic Southwestern prints at Proenza Schouler (left), and we also adored the earthy prints at Hermes (right). Of course, you don’t have to go head-to-toe to try this look; an accent here or there will convey the mood just as well. To get a head start on this boho fall trend, pick up Joie’s Navajo Stripe Intarsia Aria Dress ($378) or try Pendleton’s Juniper Shorts ($168).
Boy Meets Girl
There is always an abundance of menswear on the runways, but what is most notable this season is the way designers paired masculine pieces with feminine. For example, at Alexander Wang (pictured), a sheer blouse was paired with tailored trousers, creating a subtly sexy ensemble that essentially conveys two moods at once. To get a head start on this interesting fall trend, pair a blouse like Carin Wester’s Pussy Bow Blouse ($128.07) with J Crew’s Wide-Leg Stretch-Wool Pants ($150).
Just about every print—from polka dots to stripes—surfaced on the fall runways, but the most notable looks were at Anna Sui (left) and Marc Jacobs (right), where models walked in head-to-toe prints. You will need confidence to work this look, certainly, but when done right, you will stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. To get a head start on this playful fall trend, pick up Forever 21’s Polka Dot Dress ($22.80) and pair it with Miu Miu’s Rosso Polka Dot Sandals ($396).
If there is one footwear fad that you simply must try this fall, it is the heeled loafer, as seen at shows like Roberto Cavalli (pictured) and Yves Saint Laurent. The look is decidedly preppy, which is always spot-on for fall, but it feels really fresh thanks to glam embellishments like oversized stitching, two-tone palettes, and patent leather. To get a head start on this smart fall trend, pick up Opening Ceremony’s Laetitita Platform Penny Loafers ($565) or Topshop’s Simian Tassel Platform Loafers ($136).
While the spring/summer season was all about bright colors and neon accents, the fall/winter season has a different palette in mind: jewel tones. For instance, at Gucci (left), Frida Giannini paired cranberry dresses with red-wine furs, while at Diane von Furstenberg (right), models wore jade green skirts with aqua blouses. To get a head start on this luxe fall trend, pick up a dress like Topshop’s Lace Insert Dress ($175), or try a rich fur like Halston Heritage’s Faux Fur Coat ($595).
Photos: Feudiguaineri.com, GoRunway.com