Now that New York Fashion Week has ended, we’ve had some time to decompress and digest the whirlwind of shows and looks we saw to bring forth Fashion Pulse Daily’s favorite trends for fall 2011. Here are our top picks:
[Naeem Khan Image via Elle.com]
Despite the fact that this year’s NYFW coincided with Valentine’s Day, among the most favored trends of this Winter/Fall 2011 season is the incorporation of the traditional Asian imperial color, red, in prints, solids, lip color, and eye color. Featured multiple times in shows and presentations by such designers as Naeem Khan, Marchesa, and Alice + Olivia (to name a few), the elegant and classic romanticism of red has returned due to the influx of Asian-inspired themes this season. Marchesa loved red so much that it was incorporated into both the clothing and the eyes while Alice + Olivia used luscious red for lips and as an added flair in smart red shirts and jackets. Without a doubt, red has conquered us all.
[Tracy Reese Image via Style.com]
There’s something decidedly feminine and flirty about accordion pleats, and I loved how Tracy Reese and Milly by Michelle Smith incorporated them into their collections. By putting the pleats in such gorgeous, yummy colors, and playing with length, it was at once demure and bold. They took a trend that can feel era-specific and made it very fresh and modern.
[BCBG MaxAzriaImage via Elle.com]
Sheer dresses, blouses, and skirts were seen on the runway but perhaps not quite overwrought or displayed in a typical fashion. Despite being sheer, each look still appeared to have a covered-up quality. The translucent fabrics were often patterned in plaids (Tommy Hilfiger showed a plaid print sheer dress) or stripes like in the BCBG Max Azria dress shown above. The designers in unison played with the transparency of the fabric to make sexy but chic, wearable looks a must for fall.
[Diane von Furstenberg Image via Elle.com]
Trend: Rocker Chic
Sure, we’ve see our fair share of influences and subcultures make their way through the collections and inspiration saunter down the runway, but one that was certainly evident in collections as far ranging as Diane von Furstenberg and Alexander Wang to Diesel Black Gold and Betsey Johnson was one of rocker chic. We now know that the motorcycle jacket has certainly not been put to rest quite yet, and a perfect feminine update to this trend is a vibrant pout in a classic red or berry stain.