Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fall 2012 Trend Watch--Know it for Sale Shopping!

I recently posted about strategies for the sale season. We are only a couple weeks away from those 75% off mark downs, and conveniently, the first of the Fall/Winter 2012 runway shows have just wrapped up in Milan. Meaning, you can know what trends to watch for while pining the deals that will have you at the top of your fashion game come fall! The good news is that many of the trends are a continuation from this season, and will therefore be available to find while scouring the sale piles. I've inserted links to take you back to my posts from this season on the overlapping trends, so be sure to click back and read them so you know what to look for! One thing is consistent in the trends--its time to stand out and be noticed!

The absolute clear front runner for FW12 is Statement Outerwear. Find a fun pattern, loud color, luxe detail, or dramatic cut and walk the streets with confident style!
Burberry FW12

Next up in the repeat section is cozy knits! I love when a trend combines comfort and style! (This example is a little out there for most of you, but so unique I had to share!)
Versace FW12

Our third likely sale find for next season is Textured Fabrics. Leather and velvet remain strong along with patterns that provide visual texture.  This photo shows both using a patterned velvet.
Gucci FW12

Now onto the new stuff! Statement accessories are prevalent! Think textured or colored bags, leather sneakers or dress shoes with colored soles, unique driving gloves, etc. For more ideas on this trend, check out this article from WWD.
Photo by Tommy Ton

Camo details have been poking their head out for a few seasons, but haven't really caught on. Until now. Look for splashes of camo in a trench coat lining, a wallet, or on these shoes by Creative Recreation!
Creative Recreation FW12

Soft construction remains a key feature in suits and jackets. The one surprise to me was the early (in my opinion) return of dark. Blacks, blues and charcoals. As we know, color has been everywhere in every trend for a couple of seasons and its a breath of fresh air. Black has been "it" for how long? Especially in the winter months it is so nice to add a pop of bright. I don't think color is going away yet, but its dark on the horizon.....

This is only the start! Next we're off to Paris and then NY, so we will see what other trends emerge. Which Fall/Winter 2012 trend will you be keeping your eye out for this sale season?

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