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Fall/Winter 2011/2012 Fashion Trends for Women

Fashion trends come and go, letting us experiment with something new, something incredible and sometimes even something unusual. Every season certain trends become an inspiration for famous fashion designers, to which we later on stick when choosing clothing and accessories. Even though trends must be treated individually, taking into consideration your personal style and interests, it’s always a great plus to be aware of what is hot and what not to look utterly fashionable in the new season.
For fall/winter 2011/2012, fashion trends are extremely diverse, so be aware of what suits you the best and what fits within your style, incorporating some of the hottest tendencies into your image. Start experimenting and mix/matching to find out how to manage the new fall/winter 2011/2012 trends within your style.

For the new cold season, designers offer a number of trends, some of which are quite new, some crazy and others are those, we have already got used to. Fall/winter 2011/2012 fashion trends bring sophistication, femininity and sleek looks, replacing the flirty summer laid-back style. Keeping the colorful spirit of summer, we cheerfully step into fall, sporting neon pants and parkas, coats and printed leggings, sheer maxi dresses and fur items that will make us appear original and sassy. Take a look at the new fall/winter 2011/2012 fashion trends for women and draw inspiration for a unique look.
Androgyny Trend: The entire world seems to be changing, with men becoming more like women and women striving to look like men. Fashion couldn’t stay indifferent to this global fact and brought the new androgyny trend for the upcoming cold season. As a result, we see a flood of mannish suits, shirts, boots and hats in famous designers’ collections for fall/winter 2011/2012. Check out Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, and others.

Dolce & Gabbana                                 Gucci                                              Dolce & Gabbana

Bright Color Trend: For the cold season designers usually opt for darker and neutral shades, like black, brown, navy, cream, dark violet, etc. However, it’s not about this fall/winter, as most of the new collections abound in brighter hues, such as crimson, neon orange, purple, sky blue, yellow, burgundy, pink and others. Especially wonderful are the daring combinations of these eye-popping shades. See Haider Ackermann, Alberta Ferretti, Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry Prorsum, and other designers and brands for inspiration.


Fetish Trend: This is one of the most unexpected trends of the season, which many designers have taken quite seriously. Fetish and dominatrix themes are featured in the fall/winter 2011/2012 collections by Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Mugler, Giles, Antonio Berardi, Marios Schwab as well as Viktor & Rolf and Givenchy.

Givenchy                                             Louis Vuitton                                 Marc Jacobs

Texture Overload Trend: Fall/winter 2011/2012 brings lots of unusual, yet quite interesting texture combinations. Silk comes along with knitwear and fur, leather is paired with sequins and even plastic goes with wool and chiffon. Yes, it sounds and looks quite bizarre and crazy, so if you look for a special way of looking extravagant and daring, this trend is for you!

Etro                                                   Louis Vuitton                                                    Gucci

40s Elegance and 60s Glamour: If you appreciate fashion’s past and are a great fan of the vintage trend, the upcoming season will give you the opportunity of enhancing your elegance and glamour thanks to those 40s and 60s inspired buttoned dresses with low waist, classy skirts, shirts and many items, just like the ones, featured in the latest collections by Gucci, John Galliano, Miu Miu, and Jonathan Saunders.

Jonathan Saunders                                             Miu Miu                                                  Gucci

Midi and Maxi Trend: Even though mini skirts and dresses are quite popular, especially with teenagers, the cold season mainly concentrates on the longer length skirts. Midi and maxi skirts can look as sexy and cool, as minis, since your sex appeal depends not on the length of the clothes you wear, but on the way you wear them. Find midis and maxis in Dries Van Noten, Chloe, Balenciaga, Roland Mouret, Antonio Marras, St.John and other designer collections.

Chloe                                                  Moschino                                              Chloe

Prints: The obsession of prints transfers from summer into fall and winter, coming in forms of polka dots, plaids, girly paisley, feathers, photographic flowers, baroque prints and other impressive designs, letting you find the perfect match. See Stella McCartney, Gucci, Miu Miu, Jonathan Saunders, Anna Sui, Givenchy and others.

Gucci                                             Dolce & Gabbana                                      Marc Jacobs

Pleats and Frills: Alongside with androgyny trend quite popular this season, many designers try to preserve femininity, sophistication and romantic look through pleats, frills, cute rosettes and lovely embroidery. You can find impressive pleats in Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior Fall/ Winter 2011/ 2012 collections.

Christian Dior                              Christian Dior                                        Valentino

Zoological Trend: Besides animal prints, like leopard and python, to which we have got used to, many designers also bring the zoological trend in forms of feathers, hats in shape of lions and panthers and wild animal prints. Check Anna Sui, Givenchy, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Topshop and Ungaro.

Christian Dior                                        Chanel                                            Gucci

Chunky Knit Sweater: We also need warm and cozy things for the cold season and here comes the chunky knit sweater trend. They feel quite warm and nice, and also look great, not reducing your style sense. Missoni is the main producer of knitwear and their new collection is full of knitted items.

Etro                                                  Hermes                                                Missoni

Fur Trend: The chic and elegant look of the upcoming season is provided thanks to the fur trend. To protect animals, many designers use faux fur and there is one more trend, when they make real fur look like faux and faux look like genuine. Fur comes in various designs and colors this year, so look utterly chic and fashionable, opting for fur items.

Gucci                                           Christian Dior                                   Gucci

Leather Trend: Alongside with fur, leather items are also very hot this year. Sometimes leather comes together with fur, creating a contrasting and fantastic effect. In addition to this, leather comes alone in forms of skirts, jackets, pants, coats and dresses in traditional black and other catchy colors. You can go for a total leather look or restrict yourself to separate items and details in leather.

Zac Posen                                 Gucci                                                      Zac Posen

Layering Trend: Even though fashion experts criticize layered looks, they are the best options in the cold season. The more layers, the warmer you feel, unless it looks overdone surely. To embrace this trend in fashion and style, designers have cultivated the layering trend, doing it so skillfully that everyone would like to try this trend. Learn it from Gucci, Christian Dior and others.

Christian Dior

Coats and Outerwear: The cold season is all about outerwear and this trend couldn’t be missed by designers. Coats come in various designs this year, from sleek leather full-length coats and military ones to oversize ponchos and capes in gray, purple, dark green, canary yellow or coats covered with gold palettes and cropped hooded and trench coats. When choosing a new coat, take into consideration your figure, as well as height.

Christian Dior

Wide Cropped Pants: This is the type of pants most women avoid wearing, thinking that they’ll look highly unflattering and will reduce femininity. However, if styled in the right way, such pants can look very fashionable and elegant, enhancing the relaxing vibe in your outfits.

Etro                                                      Hermes                                                                Chloe

Sheer Trend: Even though sheer trend isn’t the wisest one for the cold season, it’s quite popular this year. They look quite daring and extravagant, at the same time preserving the dreamy and romantic allure in them. Find sheer maxi dresses and skirts in Christian Dior, Gucci, Alexander Wang, Mugler, Blumarine and Michael Kors collections.


Accessories Trends: No look will be complete without accessories, and the cold season isn’t exception in this sense. This year it’s quite trendy to use brightly-colored handbags, also ones with floral and animal print. Chain handles still remain as the main bag trend. Besides handbags, it’s quite fashionable to try on chunky chokers, but if you have a short neck, you’d better leave this trend out. Instead go for chunky bracelets and bold rings to update your look for fall/winter 2011/2012.

Emilio Pucci                                                                                  Gucci

Footwear Trends: Give a defining touch to your look by opting for statement shoes that will make you feel, warm and comfy. Try the hottest footwear trends of the cold season, such as socks in shoes trend, suede and patent leather boots and reptile motifs, chunky and spike heels. Remember that footwear tell a lot about your style.
With these gorgeous trends for the cold season, you have a great variety of choice to find the best ones suiting your style and interests.


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