For Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 fashion designers have offered us a variety of trends. Some are new and crazy and others are those we have already got accustomed to. Here is the list:
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #1: Androgyny. The whole world seems to be changing. Men become more like women and women strive to look and act like men. Fashion just can’t stay aside of this global trend. And as a result we see mannish shirts, suits, boots, and hats in majority of Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 designer collections: Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, and others.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #2: Color. For colder seasons designers normally prefer using neutral or reserved colors like black, brown, navy, cream, dark violet, etc. However, Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collections abound in brighter hues like crimson, neon orange, purple, sky blue and others. Besides, these eye-popping tones can come in daring combinations. See Haider Ackermann, Alberta Ferretti, Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry Prorsum, and other designers and brands for inspiration. (Read COLOR TRENDS FOR FALL/ WINTER 2011/ 2012)
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #3: Fetish. This trend has come very unexpected. The most surprising thing is that so many designers have taken it so seriously. Marc Jacobs has built both Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs collections on fetish and domitatrix themes. Gaga’s favorite designer Mugler, Giles, Antonio Berardi, Marios Schwab as well as Viktor & Rolf and Givenchy have all featured this Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 trend in their ranges.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #4: Texture Overload. Everything is mixed in Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collections. Silk comes along with fur and knitwear, sequins and leather make a perfect combination and even plastic goes well with chiffon and wool. Sounds crazy? It does. And it does look a bit crazy, too.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #5: 40s Elegance. Fashion repeats itself. In Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 40s elegance is again a hot trend. The best approach to reinvent this fashion era has been realized by Gucci, John Galliano, Miu Miu, and Jonathan Saunders.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #6: Midi and Maxi skirts. Miniskirts are always popular, especially with teenagers. But for Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 you better embrace the longer length skirts. These can look as sexy as minis because your sex appeal depends on how you wear your clothes, not the type of clothing you wear. Find midis and maxis in Dries Van Noten, Chloe, Balenciaga, Roland Mouret, Antonio Marras, St.John and other designer collections.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #7: Prints. The variety of prints in Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collections is huge: from tiny polka dots in Gucci and broken glass in Stella McCartney to girly paisley in Anna Sui and bold flowers in Versace. There are also baroque prints in Jonathan Saunders, photographic flowers at Giambattist Valli, Miu Miu’s glittering spring flowers, enlarged feathers at Ungaro, panthers in Givenchy’s, and plenty of other prints in other designer collections. You just need to understand what print you want because you can have everything.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #8: Pleats and Frills. While gender play trend is going forward at a steady gait some designers think femininity should be preserved. It’s the greatest news for those girls who don’t want to transform into strong and courageous men and prefer to remain fragile women. Pleats, frills, cute rosettes and lovely embroidery help us look romantic. And we sometimes want to look romantic, don’t we? Prettiest pleats can be found in Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collections.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #9: Zoological. Besides zoological prints, like leopard and python, to which we have already got accustomed due to the fact every single season designers use these in their creations, in Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 ranges we see lots of feathers, wild animals printed on fabric (Givenchy, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Topshop and Ungaro), hats in shape of lions and panthers at Anna Sui, etc. Fashion goes really wild.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #10 Chunky Knit Sweater. .Fall and winter are cold seasons, so there is no wonder why designers have included warm chunky sweaters into their collections. Missoni is the main producer of knitted sweaters. You can see a great variety of knitted items in their Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 line.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #11: Fur. As with sweaters, fur is the perfect material for winter. And it looks chic, too. But with the severe struggle to protect animals designers have become wiser and started using more faux fur than genuine one. One more interesting tendency to note – designers make real fur look like fake and fake fur look like genuine. (Read all about fur trend for Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012.)
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #12: Leather. Fur and leather often come together. Indeed, they make a great combination. For Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 fashion season leather is a big trend. You can go for a total leather look like Hermes offers or restrict yourself to separate items or even details in leather. (Read all about leather trend for Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012.)
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #13: Layers. Despite the fact fashion experts often criticize layered looks layers are the best for colder time. The more layers, the warmer you feel, unless your layers aren’t too slinky of course. See layered looks by Gucci, Christian Dior and others.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #14: Coats. Fall and winter are all about outerwear. Coats designers have offered us this season are all very diverse. Opt for a military coat from Versace, youthful and sexy cropped trench from Burberry, or luxury coat from Michael Kors or Gucci. Oscar de la Renta suggests cropped hooded coats trimmed with fur. Hermes insists we should try wider poncho style coats. As you see the variety is almost unlimited. Just go for any piece you like!
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #15: Wide cropped trousers. This is the shape of trousers many women try to avoid thinking those will look really unflattering. However, if styled well such trousers can look fantastic.
Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 Fashion Trend #16: Sheer. Sheer trend isn’t the wisest for fall and winter but it is still popular. Best sheer dresses, skirts and blouses are in Christian Dior, Gucci, Alexander Wang, Mugler, Blumarine and Michael Kors collections.
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