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Fashion Week/Fall 2012 Market: Trends Recap

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While we’re only at the cusp of spring, our buyers and trend managers recently got a delightful glimpse of the upcoming trends for Fall/Winter 2012 in NYC Fashion Week and market.

We thought it would be fun to share the most noteworthy women's fall trends that we can all look forward to later this year. Hey, it’s never too early to plan ahead!

Key Looks:

Fashion Army

-strictly tailored outerwear

-cropped “battle jackets

-decorative trims like epaulets

‘60s Gamine

-simple silhouettes

-A-line shift dresses and mini skirts

-swingy coats, cardigan jackets and boxy tops

-Overall French feel

Boy Meets Girl

-menswear-inspired taken to the next level

-oversized boyfriend blazers

-tuxedo-style jackets with slim-legged trousers

-buttoned-up shirts

Orient Express

-intricate brocades

-asymmetric kimono-style detailing

Fabric Mash-ups

-contrasting fabrics create a play on pattern and texture

Wet-look

-high-shine patents in rich wine tones and slick outerwear

Tweed

-loosely structured patterns

-exaggerated slubby weaves

-key trend in boxy coats, cardigans and ‘60s shift dresses

Degrade/ Ombre Fabrics

-seen in everything from tweeds to heavyweight lace

Metallics

-in the season’s rich wines and pine greens as well as more traditional golds, silvers and bronze

Earthy Organic Prints

-inspired by elements of nature: earth, wind and fire (not the funk band!)

Brocade and Jacquard

-metallic finish

-often incorporated into Oriental looks

Pencil Skirts

-in leather, sequins and shimmering metallics for holiday

Jumpsuits

-from utilitarian to smartly tailored

-best when worn with killer heels!

Printed Pants

-simple monochrome prints and relaxed silhouettes

Luxe Sweats

-luxurious fabrications like cashmere, drapey crepe de chine and dressed up with embellishments

Peplums

-seen in both tops and dresses

Patterned knits

-Scandinavian knits are still big, but bolder graphic/geometric patterns are making a big splash

Sweater Dresses

-flirty, girly looks done in cozy fabrications

Contrast Collars

-both in bold hues and decorative fabrications like lace

Printed Accessories

-coordinating prints on handbags and shoes (top-to-toe look)

Boot Camp

-military-inspired boots (lots of buckles and laces!)

Opulent Jewelry

-statement jewelry, embellished monograms, stacked bracelets and rings

 

Key Colors:

Fine Wines

-a gamut of rich wine tones (burgundy, grenadine and merlot shades)

- also big on accessories, particularly burgundy leathers for shoes and handbags

Pine Forest

-fashion-forward alternatives to black

-cool pine green tones for party dresses

Yellow Ochre

-a key color in outerwear, jersey and knits

Oranges

-ranges from bright carrot to reddish pumpkin shades.

-perfect as an accent color or as a bold standalone color

Flame Red

-vivid red shades look especially striking when offset with black accents

-key color in both oriental and military looks

Electric Blue

-Seen in knits, jerseys, tailored pieces and dresses

Black Mood

-matte-shine fabrics and contrasting textures

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