The pre-fall season isn’t quite over, but I’ve decided to help you catch up with a quick trendspotting article. You know, just in case you’ve been swamped with studying or preoccupied with holiday prep. (Personally, I’ve been reading runway coverage in my most boring classes. Cough, English 101.)
Keep reading to find out what you might be wearing next fall!
Don’t re-gift that faux fur collar just yet! I’m predicting fur is still going to be hot, hot, hot next year. Designers got crafty for pre-fall, putting fur in unexpected places like pockets (Thakoon) and cowls (Pringle of Scotland), but a trend I’ve latched onto is the furry sleeve. Seen at Burberry Prorsum, Narcisco Rodriguez, and Carolina Herrera, this is a look that will definitely keep your arms warm, but may confuse the general public.
We’ll file this one under “trends your boyfriend won’t understand.”
Tip: Get a jump on this trend with DIY! Just pick up a pair of faux fur boot covers, which seem to be all the rage right now (for unknown reasons), and slide them on your arms over a coat or sweater.
After a long few seasons of super-slim waist cinchers, thick belts are coming back again. The style was spotted at Michael Kors, Pringle of Scotland, and Donna Karan. It’s definitely a look for the accessory lovers out there.
Tip: Wear at your own risk. Personally, I think super-thick belts cut me off at the waist, but I have seen many a Chictopian pull off the look. Maybe I’ll give it another try…
Plaid is another recurring trend, but again done in a different way. Layered, washed-out plaids are the way to go next season, as seen at Rachel Roy, Michael Kors, and Oscar de la Renta. Jason Wu also did some plaid, and I think this trend might lead to many school uniform-inspired styles.
Tip: To make a color-free look more interesting, wear multiple patterned pieces. Mixed prints still seem to be a big trend too, so go crazy!
-Chanel. Who wouldn’t pick Chanel? The middle-eastern glam styling was unexpected but appreciated, the setting was divine, and the models were only the best. I especially loved the jeweled headpieces…I smell DIY!
-DKNY. With all of the gorgeous, vibrant colors, you might confuse DKNY pre-fall for a summer collection. That’s kind of why I like it. Rich pinks, greens, reds, and blues hopefully pave the way for a wonderfully bright FW12 line.
-Thakoon. On the other end of the spectrum, Thakoon made up for lack of color with a handful of amazing textures. Cabled knits, fur, wool, and leather in shades of grey had me swooning.
-Jason Wu. Um, duh. Amazing. Many of the looks appeared to tie back to FW11, but in a cohesive way, not in an “I ran out of ideas” way. Some of it felt very 40s, there’s still some great lacework, and beautiful use of color in deep reds, greens, and blues. Yes, please.
What trends have you spotted on the pre-fall runways? Leave a comment or tell us in a tweet @everybodyisugly!