Before I get to Fall/Winter 2012 runway shows, I wanted to do a quick rundown of the pre-fall shows... which were amazing! Pre-fall is quickly becoming my favorite season. There were several interesting trends going throughout, so I've attempted to group them as such.
Minimal, but not boring
Key points: Clean lines and simple silhouettes (no ruffles and frou frou), proper fit, few layers, inventive layering (short skirt over long blouse/shirtdress), blazers and jackets are key!
Past is Present, Present is Past
Key points: Pointed toes, kitten heels, poufy skirts, red or pink lips, rounded shoulders, loafer heels, classic prints (houndstooth, checks, plaids), lace, leather, and leopard print.
Key points: Neoprene, sharp shoulders, digital hi-res prints, metal accents.
Keeping Neutrals Close
Key points: Since the colors are plain, fresh and exciting silhouettes are important. If you wish, add a small splash of color.
Key points: Stripes, chevron, African and First Nations inspired textiles, florals, jacquard and brocade prints, Louis XVI style prints, polka dots, animal and tropical prints. Mix them all together, and anchor with black -- or don't!