Fashion trend update: Black and white—and leather all over

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Three-quarter-length sleeve leather blouses at Michael Kors; shiny, embossed skirts at Lanvin.

Your move:
Search for your office wardrobe basics with black patent embellishments: leather shoulder caps, collars, elbow patches—we’re in.

TRY: Saint Laurent leather and cotton-jersey sweater ($750), at


Fashion trend update: Crowning jewels

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Ornate crystal and gold-tone filigree headbands at Dolce & Gabanna; gold stars peaking out of piled-high bouffants at Rodarte.

Your move: Slip a sleek gold hairband over messy chignons for a classic baroque finish to an all-black ensemble. How regal!

TRY: BCBG Max Azria metal leaf headband ($18), at


Fashion trend update: Teen angst gone haute

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Silk-embroidered crucifixes at Versace; underworld-inspired detailing with beaded and embroidered flowers at Christopher Kane.

Your move: Anything that would look at home on Rooney Mara—choppy bangs, metal embellishments—is your gateway to trying out the gothic trend. Your next best accessory this season? A moody scowl.

TRY: Eddie Borgo Silver-plated stone spike necklace ($117), at


Fashion trend update: Statement belt

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Matching tangerine belt and pantsuit at Prada; waist-cinching leather corset belt at Haider Ackermann.

Your move: Wrap a cloth belt around your winter trench and tie into a bow at the waist—because “everything belted is automatically better” has become our motto this season.

TRY: MICHAEL Michael Kors python belt in black ($73.50), at


Fashion trend update: Royal blues

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: A mix of sheer and silk royal blue pieces at Alberta Ferretti; midnight embroidered jacquard pantsuit at Stella McCartney.

Your move: Go for bold in a statement sapphire coat; or take a more non-committal approach by trying the cobalt-winged eyeliner look seen at Anna Sui.

TRY: Hannah Trench ($298), at


Fashion trend lesson: 4 ways to wear the Fall/Winter 2012-13 graphic look

For a fashion trend update with a crimson or graphic twist, read on to the next page…


Fashion trend update: East meets west

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Flower-patterned, boxy kimonos at Proenza Schouler; silk-printed dragon robes at Dries Van Noten.

Your move:
Keep your look sleek yet subtle when donning matching brocaded prints with black stacked platform heels.

Print kimono by Oh My Love ($60), at


Fashion trend update: Layers upon layers—upon layers

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Mixed-knits (including tinsel) for a theatrical style at Marc Jacobs; a pillowy turtleneck worn under a silk collared shirt at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Your move: Cozy up to the softest fabrics of the winter season –cashmere, merino wool, knit—all in one chalet chic look.

TRY: Reed Krakoff honeycomb merino wool turtleneck sweater ($486.50), at


Fashion trend update: En pointe with the ‘50s

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Gold metal pointy-toed pumps at Marni; sleek pencil skirts paired with close-fitting sweaters and shimmering statement necklaces at Bottega Veneta.

Your move: Pair slim black pencil skirt with pointy toe pumps and sheer socks. No bare ankles here!

TRY: Nicholas Kirkwood Block Heel Pump ($725), at


Fashion trend update: Crimson corner

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Red fur boas and matching leather opera gloves at Lanvin; shiny black leather coats with pops of crimson at Givenchy.

Your move: As an accent or whole-body ensemble (see mix of plush tomato scarves and coats at Haider Ackermann), a flush of red will liven up any day or night ensemble this season.

TRY: Kate Spade New York retro sunglasses ($143.25), at


Fashion trend update: Graphic warning

Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway looks: Boxy, oversized coats with OTT prints at Viktor & Rolf; structured (and sequined) peplum at Roberto Cavalli.

Your move:
Literally any ensemble that defies your natural shape—whether with XXL coats or ruched detailing on a flared top—brings a playful update to your winter wardrobe.

TRY: H&M sleeveless top ($59.99), at


Read more:
Fall/Winter 2012 Trend Report
Fashion trend lesson: Four ways to wear leather
10 stylish ways to freshen up your office wardrobe

Fall 2012 fashion trend: Cobalt