there a shape more flattering than peplum? After years of
designer interest, mass market retailers are finally picking up
on the posh trend, in tops, skirts and dresses. The look is best
when worn in appropriate proportion: peplum top, skinny bottom;
peplum bottom, fitted top.
Ready for a
style shift? When the days get shorter and the temps begin to dip, the
candy colors, breezy fabrics and beach chic ensembles of summer find a
special place in our seasonal wardrobe storage. The feeling is often
bittersweet. Luckily, designers are giving us a special reason to look
forward to falling leaves and dressing in layers: A return to
opulence. While the economy is still on the rebound, there’s no
reason we can’t dress like a million bucks — from sumptuous
fabrics and regal embellishments to rich colors, bold accessories and
decadent outerwear. Here’s a look at five trends to make your own
no doubt the must-try color combination for fall is jet black
and navy blue. And this look from Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2012
runway show exemplifies the best use of the "boo boo"
color combo: simple and purposeful.
This fall, go
bold with blood red, deep burgundy and winter white. Look for these
sophisticated tones in everything from sheer and silk blouses and
pencil and peplum skirts to skinny corduroys, velvet pants and jeans.
And the colors are often complemented by embellishments of sequins,
fur, leather and more. Not ready to jump on the red bandwagon? Try a
burgundy pump or handbag, or go for the always classic red lip. Winter
whites are freshest in pantsuits and sheath dresses. Look for the
color to stay strong well into the icy flakes flying.
masculine and neutral — this season’s moto jacket is tough
as nails, and easily adds a rugged vibe to even the most elegant
attire. Keep the color simple in basic black, brown or camel —
and let the chic extras do the talking.
are everything this season, from soft fur and velvet to supple leather
and sleek faux croc and python. Fur is showing up everywhere, but not
necessarily in full coats. Instead, think of it as a regal
embellishment — collars, cuffs and piping on clothing, or accents on
pumps, boots, handbags, hats and more. Also look for high-shine
leather in glossy lacquers. Velvet and leather are sharp in pants and
skirts, while leather peplum tops and shrunken jackets are making a
statement all their own. Snakeskin and croc are the look of the season
for handbags and pumps, perfect for accessorizing any autumn look.
season, channel your inner femme fatale — from Matrix-esque
leather jackets and pants to fierce footwear, oversized jewelry
and sleek hair. Perhaps the most daring options are found in
pumps, with adornments like contrast toes, heel lacing, croc
textures and bold animal prints.
their dominance into fall — but forget about the lazy shirt, tank
and fishtail dress looks of summer. For fall, menswear influences of
tweed, herringbone, plaid and houndstooth are perfectly merging
feminine with masculine in the curve-hugging shift dresses — the
must-have shape of the season (thanks Kate Middleton!). Also look for
sparkly embellishments and regal piping for added luxe. Looking for a
little less structure? Try an ode to the ’20s with a silky slip
dress, just in time for the December release of the rebooted "The
Great Gatsby." The look is decadent, with piled on jewelry and
shoes that sparkle and shine.
accessories can make or break a look this season. The best advice?
Opulence and style go hand-in-hand. Instead of taking something away,
add something! Eclectic jewelry, print mixing, rich extras of fur and
leather, animal prints, military influences, equestrian chic ... the
list goes on. The moral? More is more this season. Just make sure to
keep it classy (the line between terribly gaudy and delightfully
ornate is often very thin.)
classic shapes are in — with a twist. Pencil skirts are sporting
cascading drapes at the hem; blouses and dresses are taking an
asymmetrical turn in the necklines; simple sheaths are rocking strong
shoulders and body-shaping panels; structured jackets pop with peplum;
fluted, fit-and-flare and envelope skirts hug the feminine form; and
oversized cocoon coats keep away the fall chill.