Fall Fashion Week 2012’s Doable Trends
The fur jacket, one of the season's timeless staples, will be given an update. Enter: the fur collar, which is a playful twist. Seen on the runways of Altuzarra and Rachel Zoe, a fur-trimmed collar is a more retro (think: boho '70s) yet structured piece sure to find its way inside many department stores this fall season. (Stay tuned for high collars too.)
However, fashion on a budget should come with no sacrifices, says fashion and lifestyle expert Dawn Del Russo. "Fur accents, as seen on DSquared in a peplum style and preen fur-front jacket, are easy to find and affordable," Del Russo explains.
Ever since Jennifer Lawrence rocked a breathtaking gold Prabal Gurung number at The Hunger Games premiere, we were confident that runways this fall would be decked out in a complete gold rush. From long statuesque golden gowns at Alexandre Vauthier to more delicately designed pieces at Marchesa, go for the gold this fall by incorporating the trend in accented sweaters, cocktail dresses and -- dare we mention? -- jewelry. "While gold is a no-brainer for a sexy evening look; be sure to try it for daytime too," says Lauren Finney, a freelance fashion editor based in New York City. "Find pieces with little pops of gold in paneling, piping or sleeves to luxe up a day look."
Black and Blue
No, we aren't talking about bruises, but get ready for this serious color combination to rock the fashion world this fall. Fresh off the runways at Carolina Herrera, these two basic colors don't have to be boring, as they help infuse sophistication and sexiness into the most basic of wardrobes. "These two neutrals can be worn together for a fresh, clean and modern look that steps it up from the black and brown combo," Finney adds.
We'll admit that the sultry sheer trend can be hit or miss, but this fall, designers are spot-on in nailing this sexy look. All-star designers such as Valentino and Gucci are making the usually dreaded see-through style totally chic again. How do you turn this runway trend into a real-life look? Del Russo suggests taking a cue from designer Theyskens' Theory: "Wear sheers with matching lingerie to tone down for a pop of contrasting color."
Nothing welcomes the crisp season of fall better than bold metallic pieces. Say good-bye to the typical New Year's disco ball, as this fall trend takes the average metallic to a brand-new level. Tibi, for example, uses bright metal blues instead of the typical silver and gold favorites. To achieve this runway favorite, Del Russo stresses not to dress in metallics from top to bottom. "Metallics don't have to be worn head to toe. Try just a skirt or top to do the trend right," she says.
Undeniably THE material of the season, leather can't seem to stay away from fall fashion, and it's not like we're complaining, either. Derek Lam and Michael Kors are just two of the leather-obsessed designers bringing the skintight fabric back -- into skirts and blouses this time around. "Leather pencil skirts and pants can bring back bad '80s and '90s memories, but this leather is not those! The modern shapes of blouses, pleated skirts and soft blazers keep it from looking dated," Finney explains.