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 net-a-porter.com.
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 bcbg.com.
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 theoutnet.com.
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 eluxe.ca.
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 clubmonaco.ca.
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.
TRY: Print kimono by Oh My Love ($60), at topshop.com.
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 theoutnet.com.
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 modaoperandi.com.
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 nordstrom.com.
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 hm.com./ca.