For some die-hard fashion fans, New York Fashion Week is less about front-row celebrity sightings and more about sizing up the runway looks to find a way to get ahead of the curve on upcoming trends. (Tracey and I call this "beating the system.") If you fall into that category of line-jumping, eagle-eyed chicettes, then check out this little cheat sheet of fresh-off-the-runway fall 2012 trends that you can shop, co-opt and make all your own.
Trend #1: Wine-colored coats. (Or Dresses. Or Sweaters. Or Anything.)
Alexander Wang, Fall 2012
Since deep burgundy was the only hue used in Alexander Wang's black-and-white collection, you know it's going to be Major with a capital "M" this season. Wang applied it to his slick outerwear, as did a slew of his peers. Nearly every other on-the-pulse designer incorporated a wine hue into their collection, making this color trend both insanely flattering and insanely easy to track down and pull off.
From top left, clockwise: Cynthia Rowley, Richard Chai, Tibi, Peter Som, Jill Stuart, Steven Alan
It's pretty safe to say that the burgundy coat will be the black coat of fall 2012. (Did you catch all that?) So why wait until August when cold-weather coats mysteriously (and very prematurely) hit store shelves: There are a bunch of gems on sale right now!
New York jewelry designer and Fashion Week regular Genevieve Jones tests out Fall 2012's bondage belt trend.
We're only a few days into the Fall 2012 season and already there's a strict--or should we say restricting--vibe that's infusing the runway. Stylized S&M touches in the form of tassel-topped boots and black leather bondage straps popped up on usually ladylike runways such as Monique Lhuillier and Herve Leger, which means kinky style is officially super chic. Black leather harness-like belts will likely be the focal point come fall, as they make waists look tiny and show the world you mean serious business. (Our hint: Workplace-friendly, this is not. Save this sexy accessory for after-hours festivities unless you're prepared to have a cozy chat with HR.)
From left to right: Herve Leger by Max Azria, Monique Lhuillier, Altuzarra
If you're so inclined, you could get a jump start on the trend (and rev up a certain someone's engine, just in time for Valentine's day) by shopping the look now:
You're going to be hearing a lot about head-to-toe florals for the next few months. You'll probably have mixed feelings about it (Really? Flowers on both top and bottom? And I won't look like I'm trying to go incognito at the florist?) but one thing you'll definitely dig is the kicky floral-print heel trend. (Still not convinced? Go look at these Suno for Nicholas Kirkwood floral heels, then come back here.) Now riddle me this: How cute would these look with jeans?!
This last mini-trend is a personal favorite as I've been evangelizing about the dickey in the Glamour offices for months. (A dickey is one of those silly little accessories that's basically just the top 1/4 of a shirt--the collar part.) I have four or five in my wardrobe thanks to the folks at CeCeToppings who sent me some to test drive and I wear them at least twice a week (tucked into sweaters, crewneck dresses, etc) as they're a super simple way to make anything you're wearing look a bit more polished, especially when the collar collar pops out against the shirt.
From left to right: Rachel Antonoff, Victoria Beckham, Lela Rose
You could snag a multi-purpose dickey from CeCeToppings (wide range of colors, collars and prints, about $40 each) or stores via Amazon (ranges from $7 to $15) or you can scoop up a dress or top that comes with it's own contrast collar detail:
So how 'bout it ladies? Which of these fall 2012 mini-trends are you digging? Are there any that you're tempted to get a head start on and shop now? Is there any other thing that you've been dying to buy, but can't find? Let's hear it!