Friday, July 22, 2011

Of the moment and looking ahead: Part I

Image from Bolarti blog

I await the novelty of coming season fashions with gnawing anticipation. I admit my frustration with sometimes "feeling like" a certain style, color, or design element only to see it a season or so later and not have received any credit or had my intuition play any role. So, I am covering the current and upcoming trends, as dictated by the runways, street style, and fashion mags as well as tossing in some of my own observations of what seem to be popular and taking some liberties to introduce some of my ideas of what I feel like and think would have a niche, such as the scrunchie. In Part II, I'll note my interest in winter pastels, which I'd hope to see next winter or the following.

"Of the moment and looking ahead: Part I" lists the freshest fashion elements of the past couple months that are paving the way for the coming seasons, focusing mostly on "looking ahead." Part II will be more of a review of the trends "of the moment" that are current but started within the past few years. The links provide examples of the trend, show some of my favorite uses of the trend, and serve to hopefully introduce you to some designers and retailers you might not visit on a regular basis but have a special spot on my favorites list.

Without further delay, here are this season's trends!

1. Teal and turquoise, along with other rich, bright colors
2. Scrunchies
3. Pleats (Ellison at Tobi, Christopher Kane at The Corner)
4. Bondage-inspired wear, especially cuffs (Special thank you to LV and Alexander McQueen; Alexander McQueen bangle at The Outnet)
5. Atypical color combinations (hot pink and red at StyleList)

handcuffs, Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2011-2012 show
6. Heeled brogues (Rupert Sanderson-- I'd really like to see a pair with a high thick stacked heel that still has a very masculine look)
7. Nail art/design (Sephora's Sophy Robson's wild giraffe,  Minx Nails, Nail Couture LA at Spoiled Brat, tie-dye, crystal accents, etc)
8. Leather apparel (Pency T at ShopBop; Young, Fabulous, & Broke romper at Revolve Clothing)
9. Fall florals
10. Braids (hair)

Jil Sander inspired nail design at StyleList

11. Woven bracelets with metal (Aurelie Bidermann, Kris Nations at Max and ChloeKitson at Asos)
12. 60's and 70's-inspired styles (especially flare from waist pants)
14. Prints of animals (MSGM at Matches Fashion)
15. Cat-eye frames
16. Thigh highs
18. Ponchos (Haute Hippie at ShopBopOne Teaspoon at Singer22)

Haute Hippie poncho at ShopBop

Also, I'd like to note that fur is all over the place this season. I've committed to not buying any items with genuine fur unless they are vintage. I will comment on this decision in another post, but I'm compelled to dutifully acknowledge the trend while stating my resistance to it. (I'll be dedicating another post to this topic.)

Couture look, pic from MillionLooks

After creating this list, I found another list of fashion trends for fall/winter 2011-12 at Million Looks, which shows pictures of the couture shows where the trends originated. There is much overlap between the lists, but a few of the trends are different. Couture shows are a great start for building a wearable outfit with your own budget inspired by a specific runway look or feel.

Of the moment and looking ahead: Part II will be coming soon!

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