Fall 2011-12 fashion trends: The 4 looks you need to own now.
The new season is literally days away and with it comes new styles and new attitudes. Fall/Winter 2011-12 embraces autumnal florals, a flashback to the ’60s mod scene and the return of an elegant bourgeois style. While we’re always inspired by the offerings shown to us in glory on the international runways, nothing makes us crave a closet of new possibilities more then when checking out women on the street capturing the looks we love.
Armed with our Fall/winter 2011/2012 Fashion Runway Report and with cameras at the ready, ELLECanada.com photogs snapped shots of streeters from London, Milan, Paris and New York who best interpreted the season’s covetable fashion trends. We’ve highlighted four of our favourites here, but stay tuned to The ELLE Word blog where we’ll be posting more spirited images in the weeks to come.
THE SIXTIES (text by Anthony Mitropolous)
It’s a flashback to the iconic styles of Pierre Cardin and London’s cool mod scene. Graphic shapes, clean lines, vinyl and plastic and the ever-so-popular knits.
Key pieces for this look: Minidresses, snug tailored coats with matching pants, pleated school girl skirts and turtlenecks.
It’s a sophisticated, bourgeois style reminiscent of ’50s Hollywood, especially the heroines in Hitchcock films: perfectly chic, with a top-to-toe polish that is, dare we say, done!
Key pieces for this look: Razor-thin pencil skirts, bow-tied blouses, past-the-knee day dresses, skirtsuits, tailored shifts and three-quarter-sleeve coats.
Designers played mixmaster with a collage of different materials, textures and colours — and that was for just one outfit! Dries Van Noten spliced multiple prints to create striking abstract combinations, while Haider Ackermann, using his sublime colour sense, intricately wove multiple jewel tones together.
Key pieces for this look: Layer different colours and textures.
Strict classic-cut coats with a masculine appeal; tailored and belted ’60s styles that snugly accentuate the female figure (fur collar and cuffs optional); voluminous, rounded, cocooning blanket types; and floor-sweeping ’70s versions.
Top colour choices: Lots of black, obviously, as well as grey and chestnut. Prefer colour? We also saw some in cherry red and pumpkin orange!