Since our hot, summer days are now long gone and sweaters & boots have replaced sandals & shorts in our everyday attire, it’s time to prepare for the impending temperature drop and make sure our style is spot-on when the snow starts to fall.
At the beginning of each new season, I compile a trend report that recaps the key concepts, color palette, patterns, textiles, and silhouettes that are forecasted to be the most popular styles for the upcoming season. I’ve have done this for several seasons and have now made it into a game. Since designers present their collections for the approaching season six months in advance, (Fall 2012 looks actually debuted back in February; but at that time, most of us were tired of the cold weather & eagerly waiting for summer to start) I take a look back at the runway photos and see what similarities I can pull out from all of the different collections. I try to decipher all of the prevalent details from the various outfit assortments and determine which styles from the high-fashion catwalk are going to be picked up by mainstream society on the city sidewalks.
Then, I thumb through the fashion magazines that spell out the current season’s top styles and see how many I accurately predicted. It’s a fun little test for myself that keeps me on my toes and gives me a reason to sit back & scroll through runway show photos of beautifully-crafted clothing, made by incredibly talented designers (but really, who needs a reason to do that anyway)?
Here’s a look my trend report that outlines all of the “Oh, I have to have that” styles for the season…enjoy!
Autumn/Winter 2012 Trend Report:
A summary of the season’s top fashion trends and most popular styles. This go-to style guide will help you achieve some of the best looks for fall.
Baroque Opulence: Gold-threaded curlicues, colorful embroidery, sumptuous silks, ornate designs and embossed surfaces are some of the decadent details that define this design concept.
Matchy-Matchy: Dressing head-to-toe in a monochromatic color scheme or eye-catching print makes this look a whole body experience.
Mixing Materials: Adding another texture as an accent piece, such as a fur trim collar or opposing leather sleeves is popular for fall and adds an unexpected twist to an ensemble.
Menswear-Inspired: Minimalist pant & skirt suits make-up this chic, modern look. We may have stolen this look from a man…but the sharp, tailored silhouettes still show off your feminine figure.
Equestrian Expression: Elements of this horse-country attire include quilted vests, cross-body saddlebags, skinny pants, tailored jackets, tweed and two-toned riding boots.
Agent Galactic: Fashion goes futuristic this fall with Sci-Fi and fantasy inspiration; shiny metallic and sharp shaping have these space-age creations making quite a statement.
Left, left, left, right, left: Military-inspired looks have us marching forward in army green, brass-buttoned jackets and trench coats straight from the surplus store.
Global Nomad: The world-traveler’s way of dressing encompasses colorful combinations of juxtaposing prints, a mix of textures and lots & lots of layers. Some of the elements that define this look include: rich jewel tones, billowy silhouettes, muted earth tones, lavish fabrics, assorted metals, ornate embroidery and ethnic embellishments.
Cold temperatures means cool hues, so shades tend to get deeper & darker for the Autumn/Winter season. Rich, saturated jewel tones and muted earth tones are almost always on the color palette. But this season’s #1 shade – oxblood.
The deep, burnished Bordeux was by far, the most coveted color to be used by designers and has turned up among clothing & accessories in retailers everywhere.
Pantone also predicted that mixed in with the typical darks, we’d be uplifted with an unexpected mix of bright colors to ease the transition from long, sunny summer days to dark, chilly Winter nights. Their Fall 2012 Color Palette, forecasts for Bright Chartreuse, Pink Flambé, Tangerine Tango, Ultramarine Green, and Olympian Blue to add a pop of color among Honey Gold, French Roast, Titanium, Rhapsody, and Rose Smoke neutrals.
* I was a little surprised when I first saw this color concept, I felt the colors they picked were a bit bright for fall; but, seeing as though they’ve been doing this for quite some time now, I’m guessing they’ve gotten pretty good at their predictions. (Pantone has spearheaded color exploration for nearly 50 years. Seasonal color direction & pigment schemes are forecasted 24 months in advance, to allow for designers to conceptualize ideas and manufacturers to produce goods; interesting little tidbit). And I must admit, after looking through hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of photos from many, many runway collections, Pantone did get it right. I saw a lot more lighter, brighter hues than I’m typically used to during this time of year.
Dizzying geometric prints are an optical overload, but also an obsession for many designers & retailers this season. Be prepared to make a statement with precision patterns such as these…
Apparently flowers don’t only blossom in the springtime, even though the sunflowers & daisies are dead, we’re still seeing floral prints pop up in dense designs against a dark background.
Opulent eastern prints & lavish brocade takes our wardrobe on a wanderlust trip through Asian-inspired motifs, ornate designs, and intricate, colorful embroidery.
Houndstooth, herringbone, and plaid are among some of the other cold-weather, classic patterns that turn up seasonally year-after-year.
Less is more when it comes to leather; sleek silhouettes with simple, fluid shapes are favored over edgy designs covered in harsh hardware.
Luxe velvet offers a soft touch and rich textural element to ensembles this season.
Where the Wild Things Are: Is that a woolly mammoth walking down the street? Nope, just a women wearing an untamed fur topper! Take full advantage of wearing these fuzzy creations this fall, faux or for real!
Chunky knits are always a winter-must; cozy up with plush creations for added warmth when it’s crisp & cold outside.
Suede, wool, and tweed are three more heavier-hand fabrics traditionally worn during the winter weather; so it’s no surprise we’re seeing them again this year.
Cocoon Contouring: Oversized, away from the body silhouettes that have broad shoulders and taper toward the hem.
Peplums and skinny belts define the waist and highlight the hourglass figure.
Slender skirts, dresses, and 3/4- length jackets skim just below the knee this season.
Smooth shoulders seamlessly round out the upper body.
Necklines ride high with mock necks & fully buttoned-collars creating full coverage, but not to be misconstrued – the otherwise curvaceous silhouette & intricate detailing still allow you to show off your shape.
Outerwear is an obvious must, and with suiting being so popular this season, we’re seeing lapels that are larger than life.
Trend reports are a great resource to make sure you stay up-to-date on the season’s most popular styles. I hope you found the one I created to be helpful! Feel free to take it with you when you go shopping for your must-have wardrobe updates so you can make you know the current styles when buying the looks you love!
Sources: style.com & pantone.com