Yes, we are in Fall already I realize that, but while Fashion Week is focusing our our future colors, patterns, textures and shapes I like to live in the present. In San Diego, it hasn’t quite hit me that it is Fall already like it does in Seattle. I mean, I am wearing a canary yellow chiffon Marilyn Monroe inspired sundress and white feather earrings. But besides that I am excited for chilly weather, wet road ways, cloudy skies and early sunsets.
Fashion loves to predict next season’s “it” styles months in advanced, but how accurate are these predictions? I look back at what Glamour’s Danica Lo predicted based off of Fall New York Fashion Week 2012:
- Gowns with high draped necklines
- Colors: Crimson Red, Pale Grey
- Black and White: Tuxedo inspired suits, white belted dresses,vintage prints
- Collars in contrasting colors
My biggest issues with these “trend forecasts” is a lot of times, I don’t think people in the fashion industry see the separation in what is wearable and what is fashion. I have said it multiple times: I think fashion is an art form, and does not always translate into things people would wear. Where a lot of these trends are so far out there, or even completely impossible to pull off, based on the basic consumer looking to get more out of their dollar, pale gowns in high draped necklines not only dates a dress but takes a certain figure to pull off.
Now, that I am actually in Fall of 2012 I like to look at how these trends have made their ways into stores that the average consumer goes to for shopping, self expression and basic necessities.
Things they were right about:
- Collars! I am seeing embellished collars in accessories stores everywhere.
- Red, well, more like maroon/burgundy. For Fall stores like Forever 21 and H&M are stocking their racks with this deep hugh to bring warmth to those chilly days.
- Black and White pieces, maybe not a tuxedo suit but a tuxedo inspired jacket in black and white, and even taking color blocking to these shades can give illusion to a sculpted body without all of the work.
- High necklines, adding a sophisticated touch to dresses and blouses. Cleavage is not “in.”
* I have noticed a lot of navy and creme striped sweaters in preparation for Fall as well. Personally, I think the nautical/preppy style never goes out of season*