This season is all about the wow factor. Luxury and opulence are front and center this fall, making you look like a smashing million bucks. To get your fashion mojo going, we’re presenting you with 6 fall trends that will have you looking swanky and in style for September ’10.
Camel: It’s coating-getting season now – regardless of the weather – so groom your hair and bar you teeth, but do not retain water (no one likes to look puffy) because it’s time to embrace the camel coat. There is a multitude of camel coats preparing to flood the shops this fall – Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors are among just a few of theÂ designers reviving this classic American look. Camel coats are a light brown color (not tan), and unlike the real thing; light, versatile and easy to accessorize.
Luxe Dressing: With the economy on the upswing again (sort of), this season is all about celebrating the flow of funds and dressing the part of another era – one where luxury ruled. Indulge in rich fabrics, deep colors and lavish designs. Among some of the top opulent styles are those with sheer lace – bedroom noir-inspired ensembles, gilded floor-length dresses, and heavy brocade blazers.
Bustiers: Gracing runways, red carpets and editorial pages of Vogue, W and Harper’s Bazaar; old-school bustiers are making a comeback. Although these bustiers aren’t just about lacy, black negligees. They come in plaid, floral, animal and polka-dot prints, and are showing up in the lining of dresses, tops and classic corsets. Spotted boosting the bust lines of ‘50s full-skirt dresses by Louis Vuitton, and leopard print bodysuits from Dolce & Gabanna – these bustiers have range.
Fur: Fur is almost always in (except with PETA), but this season’s fur is more than just trim on a coat collar – it’s trim on everything. Fur panels on purses, boots encased in fur – just take a look at Chanel’s Fall 2010 show, which featured fur skirts, fur vests, fur pants and even full fur suits. Check out Elle.com to see the magazine’s creative director, Joe Zoe rock one in New York City – in July.
Animal Print: Like fur, animal print is ubiquitous this fall, showing up on everything from pumps to bustiers (another fall trend!). Just take a look at the pages of Glamour’s September issue where they feature leopard print Nina wedges, leopard Banana Republic belts and an oversized Kate Spade shoulder bag with a small-sized leopard print – all at affordable prices. If you’re sensing a trend within a trend, here’s a hint: it’s spotted.
Shearling: Usually reserved for lining only, shearling is up front and center this season cropping up on capes, car coats and aviator jackets. More casual than fur, shearling looks great with jeans, chunky sweaters, and was practically made to go with leather. For inspiration, look to Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2010 show, which featured oodles of the fluffy stuff.