Four Celebs Who Wore Runway Trends Ahead of Schedule: Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst & Megan Fox

March 19, 2012 • Celebrity Style, Magazine

What’s the best thing about being a celebrity – besides free publicity, major perks, and free clothes? It’s knowing what’s in before everyone else of course! This holds true particularly for fashion trends, where celebrities are seen wearing the colors and fabrics that are going to be in for the upcoming season, as soon as they’re on the runway  and ahead of schedule. Is it that celebs just happen to know what’s in before everyone else?

Or do they decide what’s “IN?”

Whatever the case, we noticed a bevy of new trends for Fall 2012 during fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Now these trends are what’s going to be hot in the Fall season.  So why are celebs already wearing them now? How did they know what’s in ahead of schedule? Or are the designers following their lead? No matter.  Here are four trends for the upcoming fall 2012 season and the celebrities that are already wearing them now.


This rich and opulent fabric was a mainstay at many of the fall fashion shows this season, including Dolce & Gabbana (velvet jackets), Gucci (green velvet) and Chanel (velvet pants. ) Yet, might it be too rich for the A-list set? We haven’t seen many celebs wearing this lush material too much–that is, until Elizabeth Olsen came along. The indie actress (who’s just as fashion-savvy as her sisters) was seen indulging in a lush red velvet pantsuit. Who needs chocolate? Ladylike sophistication in a structured form. We like it!

Dark and Glam 

Spring/Summer 2012 may be all about eye-popping color but Fall 2012 is all about dark and haunted motifs. Just check out the vibe at shows like Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana. Someone else who likes Dolce & Gabbana is Jessica Alba, who’s got the whole package here: black blazer, lacy dark floral print top and mini skirt in black. She plays up contrasting materials in one color, but doesn’t look like she’s going wrong. Hey, isn’t the weather supposed to be getting warmer?


Brocade, a group of rich, decorative fabrics are woven and often made in colored silks and sometimes with gold and silver threads. Silks are always a mainstay on the runway, but when you add brocade to the mix, it’s all the more posh. While it was obvious we would see lots of brocade with the whole Asian motifs trend, we didn’t think it would be so much.  Shows including Jason Wu, Rag & Bone, Proenza Schouler, and Rebecca Minkoff in NY all had brocade. There’s something about brocade that makes it appear very, very rich. It leaves us wondering why more celebs don’t wear it. Is it too rich for their standards? Do they not like showing off their luxury? Or it it hard to put together? One celeb who seems to have gotten it right Kirsten Dunst, who was seen in brocade pants and a bright jacket in a stand and take notice color – yellow!

Metallics and Beading

The designers and brands who want to prove they know what they’re doing can definitely do so by highlighting their intricate beadwork and their use of the metallic trend for Fall 2012. London’s Matthew Williamson and Milan’s Blumarine are just two of the labels upping the ante on those trends.  And then there’s Elie Saab, a favorite on the red carpet for his detailed handwork on a gown.  He’s been able to hint at both. And who better to make his designs look good than Megan Fox.

Photos: Elizabeth Olsen in Velvet,; Jessica Biel in Dark and Glam,; Kirsten Dunst in Brocade,; Megan Fox in Metallics and Beading,

– Simona Kogan

Image Layout: Amy Newling

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