Fash Flood’s Fall 2011 Fashion & Style Guide

Fash Flood's guide to fall fashion and style includes everything from retro styles reborn to the bondage inspired eccentricities that hit the runways this past spring. Join us on a journey through the most buzzed about trends in womenswear, hair and cosmetics.

Fur Real From shaggy faux fur jackets at Prabal Gurung to thinly strapped sandals with bursts of fox fur grazing the toes at Alexander Wang, fur in psychedelic hues is a top trend this fall. If you grew up in the '90s you may be able to dig into your storage for that monstrous Mongolian faux fur coat from Gadzooks you saved up for and couldn't bear to part with. If not, try this trend with an oversized faux fur vest available at most department stores this season.

Hot Spots Seeing spots? Have no fear; you've probably been stricken with the same polka-dot fever seen at Marc Jacobs, Lanvin and Gucci. The color palette? Black and white with sheer fabrics paired with pops of color like persimmon and ultramarine. Chaley Chandler, owner of local boutique Chocolate Peacock recommends, "Trying this trend out on accessories as a fun pop, instead of all over. On a scarf, for example."

Mod Mama From TV shows like Mad Men and Pan Am to the runways of Prada and Victoria Beckham, '60s inspirations are everywhere with no sign of withering away. Peter Pan collars, brightly colored pea coats in solids and plaids and knee-high boots are all trends to keep in mind for those channeling their inner Betty Draper this season. Check out secondhand boutiques like Scout: Dry Goods & Trade for authentic vintage '60s pieces or Banana Republic's Mad Men-inspired collection to try this trend.

Crack the Whip Love it or hate it, fetish-inspired accessories are everywhere for fall including Vogue Nippon and Nylon magazines. The daring should go straight for the harness, an accessory seen everywhere from the bare chests of Lady Gaga's dancers on Saturday Night Live by designer Zana Bayne to Omaha Fashion Week runways from designer Kaleigh Moynihan. Not so bold? Push boundaries with a thick, corset-like leather belt or a choker.

In Living Colour Generally reserved for spring, bright hues were seen all over the fall runways this year. “For fall we saw the presence of bright, near neon hues along with jewel tones and ruby reds” stated Trocadéro Assistant Stylist Jared Spence. The shade du jour? Rich crimson, burgundy and blood red as seen on the runways of everyone from Gucci to Diane Von Furstenberg. Try this look with limited-edition ‘40s inspired rogue-colored lipsticks from Lancôme or with a pair of ruby tights to make a va-va-voom statement.

Secretary Chic With the high loafer trend for fall, shoppers can pick their (heel) poison with wedges, chunky stacked heels or even skinny stilettos. Almost every major shoe designer came out with a version of this shoe for the season from silver mirrored loafers at Alexander Wang complete with tassel to Nine West's version in combinations like camel and yellow or chocolate and purple.

Metallic Details In addition to the metallic high heeled loafers Alexander Wang sent down the runway were strappy sandals in rose gold, the top dog of autumn's metallic trend. A highly coveted accessory to be on the look out for are rose gold watches, available locally at Younkers from designer Michael Kors' collection. Shining stars can also rock this trend with glitter-covered footwear from designers like Miu Miu, Kate Spade and Jeffrey Campbell in heels, ballet flats and yes, even sneakers.

Midi/Maxi When asked about some of his favorite womenswear trends for fall, Jared Spence stated "Ladylike dressing" among his top picks. "On the runways this year we saw more sophisticated, well put together looks inspired by the '40s and '50s that I loved, with pinched waists and longer skirts." Indeed, hemlines have grown over the past year and landed just past the knees, known as midi length; or at the floor, known as maxi length. Kelly Newell, Owner of Scout: Dry Goods & Trade recommended “Pairing mid-calf skirts or dresses with shoes or boots that are not flats” and to “Show some skin or tights between the shoes and bottom of the skirt/dress so it's not a continuous flow of fabric then shoe. If your skirt is flowing or loose pair it with a body skimming top.”

Get Graphic Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Marni, Prada and countless other designers utilized graphic prints in their collections this season. Try out this seemingly “mismatched” trend by mixing bold patterns, magnified prints and bright blocks of color.

Say No to Straps The oversized clutches trend is peaking this season with portfolio sized bags being seen in all the major street style blogs. Get trendy with envelope clutches in textures like faux ostrich, alligator and snakeskin or neon hues such as highlighter yellow.

Beautiful People Last but not least are our top beauty trends for fall.

Hair stylist Rebecca Forsyth of BUNGALOW/8 reported that, “Ombré and different dark-to-light looks are still highly requested for fall, as well as deconstructed, shattered bobs. We’re moving away from severely graduated bobs like Victoria Beckham’s.”

For nails, top trends include a shift from acrylic nails to a naturally shaped nail. “Shellac is a huge trend that’s been building over the last year and it’s really starting to take off” stated An Vu, Owner of VuVu Nails & Spa. “People are choosing to remove their acrylic nails permanently and moving towards less high-maintenance nail trends, like shellac.”

Makeup Artist and Clinique Counter Manager Amber Jacobsen described the biggest cosmetic trend for fall in two words: "Bold lips". In addition she stated, "Bright, red-orange lips are the most requested color choice, along with smudged-out metallic eyeliner with lots of mascara. And as always, healthy radiant skin never goes out of style".

Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik is a stylist, costumier, wife and freelance writer based in Omaha, Nebraska. Her style blog can be found at fashflood.com.

posted at 04:48 am
on Friday, September 16th, 2011

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