Toronto, August 23, 2012 – Summer is almost over and most of us are already anticipating fall. The Fall/Winter 2012 fashion is one of the best I have seen in recent years, because there are so many great elements happening at the same time. I will share my Top 15 Essential trends with you and I promise you’ll be seeing them everywhere very soon.
Even though black is still the dominant colour in this season, brands such as Valentino, Marni, Yoji Yamamoto, and Calvin Klein Collection have injected their collections with a pop of red. This particular colour makes the collection more lively and cheerful. As for prints, there are two main categories – unsightly and floral prints. Prada, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton are the prime examples of using prints that can be considered unsightly or even ugly, to create some stunning pieces this season. On the other hand, Gucci has created some amazing pieces with floral prints. So has fashion’s master of floral prints – Erdem and the master of digital abstract floral prints – Prabal Gurung.
Decorations or embellishments on apparel and accessories have been a major element for many brands this season. Brands such as Prada, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and Altuzarra have used plexiglass, crystals, copper coins and metal stars to make their collections unique and edgy. Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana on the other hand, have created some beautiful embroidered pieces which have been praising by the fashion crowd.
Fur is making a big impact in the fashion industry for next season and they have become very colourful and playful. Fendi has produced a yellow fur coat which was worn by Anna Dello Russo during fashion week in February and Mulberry has created a runway collection based entirely on the novel, Where the Wild Things Are. Capes and cloaks are also making a comeback this season thanks to Tom Ford, Comme des Garcons, Yoji Yamamoto and Marni. For ladies who like strategically placed horizontal stripes, Victoria Beckham, Thakoon and Burberry Prorsum will have some amazing pieces for them.
If I was to pick one major trend for next season, it would have to be the pant suit. While Giorgio Armani has simpler suit options, Miu Miu has some colourful print suits with matching ties. Prada, Jonathan Saunders and Donna Karan are the other good options. It gives women a more masculine look and should be on top of your style list, if you are planning to try something new and bold.
For women who are looking for something more fun and flirty – Christian Dior, Lanvin and Haider Ackermann will suit their taste because these brands have designed some nice peplum pieces to emphasize the waist area. Oversized coat is also a major hit as Jil Sander, Calvin Klein Collection and Stella McCartney have created some great pieces in their collections.
The common theme between Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga is futurism. While the former is all about an optimistic future, Balenciaga is all about the future from the view of a person living in the 1980s. The visor from McQueen and the graphic oversized shirts from Balenciaga are definite must-have items of the season.
Other noteworthy trends include oriental-inspired collections from designers such as Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten and Jason Wu. Animal prints and wooden or metal animal heads show up in apparel and accessories by Burberry Prorsum. Military-inspired collections from McQ, Moschino, and Tommy Hilfiger capitalize on a menswear trend that has been big for several seasons now.
Above are just some of our favourite trends this coming season so keep an eye out for them at your nearest retailer or favourite online shops.
Marcus Kan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the fashion and arts blog called à la mode. He also contributes to the online magazine Swide by Dolce & Gabbana. Due to the nature of his job, Marcus has been working with many local and international fashion designers, stylists, and fashion photographers throughout the years.