As Fashion Week gets underway in NYC and the gorgeous and colorful Spring 2011 looks saunter down the runways, it's easy to forget that fall is here and now and spring is more than a few months away. Not to worry though, based on the looks featured on the earlier fall runways, the upcoming months need not be dreary nor do you need to give up even an ounce of color. With the runways featuring rich colors like cobalt blue, marigold, burnt orange and shocking red; texture that ranged from lace to leather and prints galore, the upcoming season is gearing up to be anything but boring when it comes to fashion.
Here's a peek at trends to look forward to this coming fall season...
Color: The runways were rich with color for fall, two colors in particular made their mark - Cobalt Blue and Emerald Green. Everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren and 3.1 Phillip Lim showed their love for these colors. Other interesting colors to look out for fall are Marigold and burnt Orange. Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Victoria Beckham all featured these gorgeous colors.
Style Tip: Color is the best and easiest way to stand out with your fall wardrobe. Go for structured jackets in shocking colors to incorporate this runway trend into your wardrobe. Try a cobalt blue swing jacket or an emerald green trench coat. You'll keep warm and stay stylish, all with a pop of color.
Lace: Looks like lace is here to stay. Both Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuillier showed very feminine and elegant looks incorporating lace and lace print. Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu also featured this trend.
Style Tip: The key to keeping the elegance of this trend is to find something that doesn't show too much skin or combines the use of other materials like black silk or leather.
Leather: The leather movement is going strong and from what we saw during New York Fashion Week, it has no intention of slowing down. From 3.1 Phillip Lim to Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, leather made a huge splash. It came in pants, shift dresses, pastel colors, rich dark colors and it was fabulous.
Style Tip: This is such an easy trend to incorporate into your wardrobe. You can pair some leather leggings with an oversized sweater and pumps, go for a rocker chic look with a motorcycle jacket which can be worn with skinny jeans, leggings or a dress to add a feminine touch.
Print: If color played a starring role in the collections, print played a co-starring role. Oscar de la Renta's runway was rich with exotic prints which is an extension of what we saw in the spring and summer months. Marc Jacobs made us fall in love with polka dots, big and small, Proenza Schouler incorporated his mélange of prints into everything from structured jackets to pants, skirts and shift dresses and Monique Lhuillier made animal print incredibly elegant.
Style Tip: Always balance out your prints with an item in a solid color. Pair a tribal print shift dress with a structured black blazer or print pants with a simple pastel colored silk top.
The "new" Pants: The runways featured sleek, elegant trousers for fall so just because summer is over doesn't mean you should pack up those 70s inspired pants. Sticking to the theme of elegant simplicity, the "it" pants of the season are definitely the ankle pants. Everyone from Calvin Klein to 3.1 Phillip Lim and Jason Wu showed us the perfect city chic look with these pants.
Style Tip: These pants are equally chic with a pair of oxfords or sky high pumps.
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