As summer draws to a close, school children everywhere are doing their back to school shopping. For fashion types, the mad scramble to figure out what we need for fall begins. Here is my cheat sheet for the fall ’11 fashion trends.
The new silhouette for fall is long. Think pants and coats that graze the ground, but don’t think for a second that you can drag out your old palazzo pants because this season is all about long – and lean! Alexander Wang’s skinny rocker pants are the perfect example of a long trim line with just the right amount of stack at the ankle. Olivier Theysken’s much acclaimed collection for Theory features several options for ankle-grazing coats. Feel free to go as short as you dare under these maxi coats.
After last fall’s all-black and this spring’s all-white trends, we finally meet in the middle. The new color palette for Fall 11 is – wait for it – black-and-white! Feel free to mix-and-match pieces from the past two seasons or opt for the latest offerings for the world’s top designers. Chanel, Christian Dior and Carolina Herrera are the obvious go-to brands for this trend, but if you really want to push the fashion, then splurge on Lanvin’s signature volume.
Wait a minute! Where has all the color gone? After pushing you last season to buy pop color accessories to accentuate your all white dresses, you’re probably wondering where we’ll find color in the fall. The answer is the coat and the color of the season is my all time favorite. Orange isn’t just for Hermes anymore. Burberry Prorsum offers a great tailored coat in bright orange, but the chicest coat of the season comes from that excruciatingly Parisian brand, Celine. The relaxed, menswear-inspired double breasted overcoat is the perfect topper for their black-and-white outfit options.
The Chinese calendar my call 2011 the Year of the Rabbit, but the International Fashion Calendar says Fall 2011 is the Season of the Snake. Python coats have long been prized among fashion folk despite the difficulties in traveling to certain US states and foreign countries. Unfortunately, your circa 2004 Calvin Klein python coat is too trim and tailored for this season. Keep it in storage a little while longer. This season, you’ll need a more relaxed fit like Prada’s fur-trimmed version made of the instantly recognizable grey-and-white python reticulatus.
If a full skin python coat is too much for your taste – or your budget – then take on the snakeskin trend with accessories. For Fall 2011, snakeskin is the new leather. Bottega Veneta python tote bags are the perfect way to rock the trend without breaking the bank. If shoes are your thing, then everyone from Missoni to Valentino has something for you, no matter whether you want python toe cap patent pumps or knee-high high heeled boots.
Turtlenecks are one of my favorite fall items and a staple of every fashionable woman’s wardrobe. No doubt they’re already your go-to layer under the season’s must-have jackets or coats, but this season turtlenecks have a very special moment all their own. Early on in New York Fashion Week, Jason Wu broke the trend that would soon appear on the runways in Milan and Paris – lace turtlenecks. Likened to Elizabethan collars by the world’s fashion writers, this season’s lace collars are feminine yet ultra-modern. Pair it with a white skirt or slacks and you’ll hit two trends in one this fall.
Fall is upon us and today’s summer dresses and strappy sandals will soon be a distant memory. Enjoy these last few days but get ready to go Back to Fashion!
— Joseph Ungoco
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