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Fall 2012 Trend Report: A Style Guide for the Season

Our past few posts have recapped the most recent runway shows seen at Fashion Week featuring the Spring 2013 collections. Since the designers present their collections for the approaching season six months in advance, Fall 2012 looks actually debuted back in February. But at that time, most of us were tired of the cold weather and waiting eagerly for the temperatures to rise & summer to start!

We’ve had our stint of sunny, summer days and now that it’s mid-September & 60° days are becoming the new norm, we’re anticipating the drop in the mercury glass and picking out some of this upcoming season’s most-popular styles.

Shop312 stylists have reviewed the Fall 2012 runway shows & thumbed through the latest fashion magazines to compile a Trend Report summarizing this season’s top trends and most-sought after styles. We’d like to share it with you so when you shop for your fall wardrobe updates, you’ll know exactly what styles to buy and looks to recreate.

Sweaters & boots have replaced sandals & shorts in our everyday outfit selection, so take some time to read over this trend report to make sure what you pick-out is spot-on when the snow starts to fall.

Shop312’s Autumn/Winter 2012 Trend Report:

A go-to style guide to achieve some of the best looks for fall.

Key Concepts:

Baroque Opulence: Gold-threaded curlicues, colorful embroidery, sumptuous silks, ornate designs and embossed surfaces are some of the decadent details that define this design concept.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Brocade

Matchy-Matchy: Dressing head-to-toe in a monochromatic color schemes or print makes this ensemble a whole body experience.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Matchy-Matchy

Mixing Materials: Adding another textile as an accent piece – such as a fur trim collar or opposing leather sleeves – adds and unexpected element to an ensemble.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Fur Trim

Menswear-Inspired: Minimalist pant & skirt suits make-up this modern look that’s chic, but still feminine.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Menswear-Inspired Suiting
Equestrian: Elements of this horse-country attire include quilted vests, cross-body saddlebags, Fair Isle knits, tailored jackets, tweed and two-toned riding boots.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Equestrian

Color Palette:

Shades tend to get deeper & darker for the Autumn/Winter season. Cold temperatures mean cool hues, along with rich jewel tones & muted earth tones are almost always on the color palette. But this season’s #1 shade – oxblood.

The deep, burnished Bordeux was, by far, the most coveted color to be used by designers and has turned up on everything from clothing-to-boots this season.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Seasonal Color Palette

Pantone also predicted that mixed with the typical darks, we’d be uplifted with an unexpected mix of bright colors to ease the transition from summer heat-to-snowfall. Here is their Fall 2012 Color Palette forecasting for Bright Chartreuse, Pink Flambé, Tangerine Tango, Ultramarine Green, and Olympian Blue to add a pop of color amongst the Honey Gold, French Roast, Titanium, Rhapsody, and Rose Smoke neutrals.


Dizzying geometric prints are an optical overload, but also an obsession for many designers & retailers this season.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Geometric Prints
Flowers don’t only blossom in the springtime – but now that the sunflowers & daisy’s are gone, we’re still seeing the  floral print pop up in dense designs against a dark background.

Fall 2012 Fashion - Floral Prints

Opulent eastern prints & lavish brocade takes our wardrobe on a wanderlust trip through Asian-inspired motifs via ornate prints, ethnic embellishments, and luxuriant embroidery.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Eastern Prints

Hounds tooth, herringbone & plaid are among some of the other cold-weather, classic patterns that turn up seasonally year-after-year.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Plaid


Less is more when it comes to leather this season. Sleek silhouettes with simple, fluid shapes are favored over edgy designs covered in harsh hardware.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Leather

Luxe velvet offers a soft touch and textural element to ensembles this season.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Velvet

The appeal of fur comes in many different forms – the versatile pelt pieces can either add an aristocratic accent or a nomadic notion depending on your style preference.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Fur

Suede and tweed are two more of the heavier-hand fabrics traditionally worn during the winter weather.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Tweed


Cocoon Contouring: Oversized, away from the body silhouettes that have broad shoulders and taper toward the hem.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Cocoon Coats

Peplums & skinny belts define the waist and highlight the hourglass figure.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Hourglass Silhouette

Pencil skirts that slightly taper and skim just below the knee.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Pencil Skirts

Smooth shoulders seamlessly round out a womanly silhouette.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Rounded Shoulders

Necklines ride high with mock necks & fully buttoned-collars creating full coverage, not to be misconstrued because of the otherwise curvaceous silhouette &intricate detailing outfit applications.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - High Necklines

With outerwear & suiting being so popular this season, we’re seeing lapels that are larger than life.

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend - Large Lapels

Trend Reports are a great resource to make sure you stay on top of the season’s most popular styles. They’re a go-to guide to use when shopping for this season’s must-haves to make sure you stay in-style when buying the looks you love! We hope you liked the Trend Report we created and find it to be a helpful tool for you this Fall!

Transition Summer Styles into the Next Season

Yesterday was Labor Day and the long Holiday weekend that traditionally signifies the end of summer. Since it’s now the beginning of September, Shop312 stylists wanted to take some our summer collection and transition it into the next season. Check out some of the pieces still available at that you can buy now (at amazing prices up to 75% off) and still wear when the weather cools!

Since it’s technically a ‘fashion faux-pas’ to wear white after Labor day; we took our all-white outfit featuring the white lace Laura mini skirt by Imitation NYC that we wore all summer and replaced it with Fall’s hottest color – burgundy.

Imitation - Laura Lace Mini Skirt Transitional Outfitting

We like the idea of dressing in one color from head-to-toe and adding in a pop of color. So we decided to go to the opposite side of the color spectrum and style some all-black outfits. Here we layered the Gypsy Junkies black chiffon draped cardigan over black basics and paired it with cognac suede booties. The color of the boots stands out against the rest of the dark ensemble and catches the gold within the mixed metal necklace.

Gypsy Junkies Black Chiffon Drape Cardigan Outfitted

In this look we added the Gypsy Junkies lilac knit scarf over the patchwork lace cardigan to add a splash of color the otherwise on-black outfit.

Gypsy Junkies Black Patchwork Lace Cardigan & Lilac Scarf

Now we picked the Lucca Couture fuchsia chiffon ruched skirt to be our purple pop of color. Paired with a black basic and moto jacket, the leather contrast is a harsh difference from the delicate sheer skirt and makes the feminine style a little more edgy!

Lucca Couture Ruched Skirt Outfitted

The thing we love most about fall is playing with textures and piling on lots of layers – so here we’ve mixed crochet, silky sheen, gauzy knit & leather. We layered a taupe button-down blouse over the Gypsy Junkies ivory knit dress – giving it the illusion of a skirt and then threw on a chunky cowl Wrapped infinity scarf. Cognac leather boots complete the look and there you have it –now you can wear the spaghetti strap dress even after the snow falls!

Gypsy Junkies Ivory Gauzy Knit Dress Styled into Fall

We Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

P.S.  Can you spot any of the other ‘fashion faux-pas’ we listed in Friday’s blog, , but still decided to style anyway? Let us know!

Vote Now! What’s Your Favorite Fashion Magazine?

September issues have it the shelves! Tell us which magazine is your favorite one to flip through for the latest fashion trends, styling tips and shopping tricks…

September 2012 Fashion Magazine Covers - Vogue, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, People StyleWatch...

We can’t wait to see the results!