Fall is no longer about dark and heavy somber tones. Even the most die-hard devotees of the all-black wardrobe could be charmed by the season's bursts of color and pattern. Our six must-have Fall trends encompasses it all: color, patchwork patterns, dots galore and shocks of bright fur. Two other looks on our radar: Men's inspired fashion and a big ode to the Sixties.
From D&G's neon love to Brioni's rich monochromatic hues, Fall's collections were saturated in standout color. While a few opted for more subtle tones, like Fendi's traditional Fall colors of burnt orange, olive green and navy blue, most designers went bold, perhaps best captured in Lanvin's last look—a parade of coral, pink and yellow frocks.
Spots, dots and polka dots are everywhere! Even Wolford got into the action with the maddest pair of spotted tights we've ever seen. Layered on at Marc Jacobs, pailletted at Stella McCartney and subtly stitched on patent leather at Yves Saint Laurent, we're circling around this trend for sure.
So the saying goes, but this time we don't mind it. Suiting, tuxedo jackets, houndstooth et al, men's fashion had a big influence this season. Ralph Lauren's wide leg pinstripe suits alluded to Dick Tracy style gangsters and Stella McCartney's oversize jackets were just Eighties enough without entering kitsch. Others, like Salvatore Ferragamo and Emilio Pucci put a distinctively feminine spin on this otherwise manly fashion.
Mixed media is a phrase often reserved to describe works of art, but some of this season's looks earned such a moniker. Carolina Herrera sent out an ensemble that would surely look the part at the next gallery opening, while Hermès' new creative director turned out a Navajo-inspired look perfect for après ski. And Custo Barcelona didn't miss this opportunity to show off its knack for mixing and matching patterns, either.
With Mad Men on hiatus (a.k.a. salary disputes), thank goodness we have these looks to satiate our appetite for Betty and Joan's fabulous fashion. A-line plaid coats at Philosophy captured the demure side of the decade, while Jil Sander's mock-neck sweaters and cropped pants in deep aquamarine captured the mod mood. As for the sexier side of the swinging Sixties, nobody did it better than Emilio Pucci's Peter Dundas.
Fur was everywhere this season. So much so that we found a secondary fur trend—bright and brilliant fur! Cherry red at Michael Kors, baby blue at The Row, mustard yellow at Bottega Veneta and emerald green at Diane Von Furstenberg. And let's not forget Versace who sent a few lucky models down the runway with turquoise fur chokers.
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