of the Fall
A Guide to the Latest & Greatest of Fall
2011. The Trends You Want to Wear &
How to Wear Them
By Vanessa Voigt
Variety is the runway-strutting theme for
fall trends, so no matter your personal
style, body type, or daily routine, you are
literally covered. From soft, romantic
evening wear, to sharp, exotic print
shockers, or from functional winter
warm-ups, to fun, frivolous extras, you
will find your match, both in your attire
and for your lifestyle. Read on to
discover the top ten trends you should
wear now along with tips on what to
wear with the styles you love. Find out
just when to showcase your favorite
forms of style, along with the trend that is
especially right for you. With all these
shining options, it’s a guarantee you will
find a fit.
all arrived on the runways, in unique hues (DSquared2), construction (Fendi’s leather paneling) and glosses (Balmain).
With all the new forms came an even wider range of purposes, with leather serving professional, street, and even formal
wear. A leather jacket is a worthy place to start if you are new to the trend, as it adds instant cool to any look, even and
especially for your delicate wear that was so prominent this fall. Diane Von Furstenberg gives a classic take to the motif,
or if you search for a modern twist, DKNY spun a black coat with sharp leather sleeves.
For fall, it is all about adaptations of this timeless staple. Dresses (Calvin Klein),
shorts (3.1 Phillip Lim), skinny pants (Barbara Bui), and body suits (Mark Fast),
Wear With: Jeans, delicate
dresses and professional wear,
especially in lace, fur, tweed
and camel tones.
Wear When: You seek a
sophisticated edge for your
attire. This season leather
works wherever and whenever.
Wear Especially If: You can
only afford one trend this
season, leather is the most
< Topshop, Leather
Collar Wool Boyfriend
Good news from the runway! The item you crave most in the colder months (the warm, comfy, and of course
stylish piece) is exactly on trend with heavy knit sweaters. Designers such as Raf Simons for Jil Sander and
Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy translated the graphics of the “Grandma Sweater” into hip, artistic creations, and
countless brands, such as Rodarte and Celine went geometric with colorful lines and shapes. For more classic renditions,
Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent satisfy your longing with traditional live-in-knits that will tastefully toast you through the season.
Wear With: Skinny
bottoms, or printed
Wear When: You
find yourself at an
family gathering. A
heavy knit is the
Wear Especially If:
You avoid tighter
fitting tops but love
more forgiving ones,
or if the day calls for
warm and cozy.
Get mathematical and add fall’s geometric etchings to your wardrobe. There may be no better way to
take on shapes than with a maxi skirt/dress, such as Emilio Pucci’s lengthy display of lines,
especially since maxi skirts flatter all body types. Take it straight from the runways and wear these
patterns from head to toe, as seen in the pajama like jumpsuits from Tommy Hilfiger and
stained-glass inspired motifs from Loewe. Prada’s block patterned shifts subtracted the years, showing us a ‘60s vibe, but remained
mod indeed. For a more subdued, geometric approach, See by Chloe offers a simple crème and black grid patterned mackintosh coat
that would shape up any wardrobe.
JB by Julie Brown, Navy
geometric jersey "Ellie"
split neck shift dress, $125,
Wear With: Several geometric
patterned pieces in the same color
family for a playful effect, a
polyester shag shrug, bright
add-ons, or snakeskin footwear.
Wear When: You are feeling
creative and have artistic plans. Be
the walking piece of art in an art
museum. Or, when in a hurry, pick
a geometric patterned frock.
Wear Especially If:
Mixing and matching color and
print is your art form.
pants. Take a hint from Christian Dior by covering up the bare necessities and leaving everything else
to sheer exposure. Neck up sheer had a strong presence, with Yves Saint Laurent reminding us that
“covering up” sometimes proves to be the more seductive route.
Items that create a
scheme, like a natural,
multi-toned fur with
If you have a sheer,
long sleeve top, wear a
sleeveless, plain top
underneath to create
You need to be
dressy for the
with someone who is
interested in seeing
through the sheer.
Wear Especially If:
You want to be classy
and sexy at the same
This look was sheer perfection on the fall runways, with
Valentino’s soft paneled blouses, Louis Vuitton’s edgy
sheer-blocking pencil skirts, and Chanel’s sheer layered
The fall runways
reached out with
details in dresses,
Clare Waight Keller transformed a cozy
white fringed blanket into a dynamic wrap
skirt. Look for knitted sweaters lined with
fringe on the bottom (Paul & Joe) or
electric fringe hues on black
(Proenza Schouler). Whatever your take,
this trend fringes on the most outer edges
Wear With: Basic black, white or neutral
tops and bottoms, or basic jeans. Let the
fringe be the focus.
Wear When: You want to add flair to
casual meet ups.
Wear Especially If: You enjoy attention
from onlookers: the swing of the fringe
enhances your womanhood with every
swing and stride.
skirts, tops, neck pieces and sweaters.
Emilio Pucci crafted interest with
multi-colored fringe, Isabel Marant created
an Indian inspired poncho of long, white
dismantled leather, and Pringle of
Scotland’s house designer... (cont. above)
Leather Fringe Coat,
Ebony & Ivory,
Fringed Silk Cape,