Now that you’ve gone through the hectic start of the school season and spooked it out on Halloween, it’s time to get serious. Serious about fashion! (Hopefully you read that in a very pretentious French accent like we intended it to sound.) Right now is the time to take a risk with fashion, so put away that comfy cardigan and go on the hunt for some powerful plastic paillettes, futuristic 60s garb, and print on print on print. Fall/Winter 2011 is one heck of a season and it’s bringing some great trends with it. Obviously you don’t have to follow every single trend on the block but we’re going to show you the key, most important trends from this season and tell you what we think about it from two different perspectives. He said, she said commence!
Film On Girls
The innovative introduction of plastic in fashion this season has us yearning to recycle.
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Daniel says: Futuristic fashion is a love of mine so I’m definitely obsessed with this trend. It’s the best way to move fashion forward and try some unconventional fabrications. Even though it seems completely unapproachable on the runway, plastic can work amazingly for everyday through accessories like shoes, bags (clutches), and jewelry.
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Iris says: I think plastic is prettiest when you wear something different underneath, especially if the plastic is completely clear like those flawless Burberry finale coats. A plastic coat or something could add a shiny finish to a plain black dress or add an avant garde feel to a lace frock. They also can give your look a 90s revival style. Plus, it’s an easy wash… wipe it and go!
- Use a cheap, colored plastic pencil case as a Christopher Kane-esque clutch.
- Look for plastic bracelets and necklaces at stores like H&M and Forever 21, they’re all over the place! (Usually in packs with other accessories.)
- Plastic heels are the everyday glass slipper. Don’t be afraid to try shopping for some unconventional footwear like blogger,Styloretic.
- The hardware store is your fashion friend! DIY some Perspex jewelry with Ivania Carpio’s tutorial.
The repeated silk-scarf print is back and it’s bringing some clashing friends.
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Daniel says: My favorite part of the print trend is the mirrored silk-scarf style prints like at Givenchy. The 80s/90s motif really works with modern silhouettes and effortless styling. I love the matchy-matchy style of this trend too, monopattern outfits are super chic looking. Erdem also did some cool weird velvet-melting floral
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Iris says: Overall, I didn’t love too many of the printed looks. I thought that some of the clothes were cheapened by the prints. Usually the printed looks that I did like were only in certain areas and more confined; the all-over patterned outfits were not as attractive to me. I preferred the cleaner lines of the simpler, minimal looks of the season.
- Wear a loud color with a bold print underneath your basic cold-weather coat to soften the statement.
- On the other hand, the best way to embrace a trend is to embrace it. Go all out in a fully matching outfit.
- Try more unique prints! Typical florals, sailor stripes, and buffalo plaid are not gonna cut it against the prints of this season.
- Picturesque prints! Look for styles like the ones seen in Rodarte’s corn field dress and Mary Katranzou’s signature digital prints.
Back To The Future
Go retro-futuristic in 1960s couture-inspired looks that scream both Hitchcock and space-age.
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Daniel says: The mod 60s look is perfection. I almost have nothing bad to say about this style. I’m loving the sort of cocoon-shaped silhouettes, stark high contrast color schemes, and the minimalist ease and glamour of this dynamic style. Jil Sander did the 60s look in an amazingly modern way. The one thing I’m not too crazy about is the Hitchcock-esque bouffant or slicked beehive; I’d much rather see a Mary Quant/Vidal Sassoon bob or bowl cut.
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Iris says: My favorite show with this look was Alberta Ferretti because of the knee length dresses and colors like bright orange, teal, and purple. I also loved how Alberta Ferretti did the Philosophy collection with all pastels. I liked the shapes, dresses, coats and all the peter pan collars. Bottega Veneta had some colorful furry coats and lots of texture that I thought was really cool. I love the teenybopper look of the 60s youthquake
- Let color, silhouette and fabric make the statement. Don’t drown this style in loads of layers.
- The 60s look should be severe and clean. Look for thicker fabrics (i.e. neoprene) that keep their shape. Go mod, not hippie.
- If you want to up the glamour, wear some big chandelier earrings á la Edie Sedgwick.
- Lashes are everything. The 60s loves a dramatic lower lash so pile on the mascara! Pair with a pale orangey lip for a more authentic look or a brighter red orange for a Jil Sander colorblock style.
The Biggest Trends
These four trends are definitely at the height of fashion for Fall/Winter 2011. These two looks (additional photo 4) exemplify four of the top trends of the moment!
Sex & Sheer
He says: Like in the Stella polka dot look, designers took a route in making evening revealing and sleek. Black sheer fabrics like at Givenchy and Louis Vuitton gave fashion an almost fetishistic look, especially when paired with leather harnesses like at Alexander McQueen. The hardcore look was daring but uber-feminine and soft.
She says: Even though Daniel doesn’t love them, I think that polka dots are godly. I like how Stella McCartney did the polka dots in a unique way with leather cut outs and sheer overlays instead of just as a pattern. Alternatively, the polka dot pattern looks so adorable in colorful styles too.
Black & White
He says: High contrast is so in this season. Black and white paired together in multiple shows from Phoebe Philo’s Celine to Marc Jacobs to Burberry to Rick Owens to Jil Sander to Yves Saint Laurent. The color scheme gave all of the Fall looks—whether hyper feminine or minimalist masculine—a classic feel.
She says: Turtlenecks have not been in fashion for a while which makes them look really fresh and modern this season. The turtleneck looks cool paired with collarless coats or jackets. Also, it reminds me of The Beatles and how can you not love that?
What are your favorite Fall/Winter 2011 Trends?
Comment and let us know which Fall/Winter trends you are excited to wear this season! Also, if you totally hated a look let us know, which trends you are definitely not going to try.
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