Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trends

With very little left until the beginning of a new fashion season, in stores pastel pleated skirts and sun dresses begin gradually to be replaced with fur jackets, knitted cardigans and more subdued and restrained colors. Taking a peek at the fall/ winter 2012-2013 fashion trends and slowly planning your cold season wardrobe is certainly advised. Get ready to experiment with wine shades, cobalt, patent leather, big geometric prints and the 1950’s Hollywood style this year, as the fall trends hint. Let’s get acquainted with the fashion forecast for the cold season and step into the gloomy days in style!

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #1: Lady Fashion: The elegant and bourgeois vibe characteristic of the 1950s fashion of Hollywood managed to catch the attention of fashion designers, who embodied this style in their fall collections through a distinctive character from Hitchcock’s classic movies. Perfectly polished from head to foot, exuding brilliance and a cold elegance, she wears her body-hugging pencil skirts with unsurpassed grace, firmly tights silk ribbons around the neck and puts on an aristocratic coat with short sleeves and broad shoulders. Hats, leather gloves to the elbow, fur bolero, pearl, mesh tights and chain handbags are the essential elements of the image. Top choices of the “Lady fashion’ were represented by Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Donna Karan, Marni, Hermes and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #2: Military Trend: In contrast to the aristocratic elegance, some designers reflected the rebellious spirit of a young hot-tempered woman in their collections. Perfectly fitting military jacket adds sharpness to the look, brutal bog-brown shades emphasize the domestic protest, while the might epaulets turn the fragile female shoulders into an object of power. Military accents are presented in the newest collections of Marant, Chloe, Jason Wu, Moschino Cheap & Chic and others. Even the well-known fashionista, Victoria Beckham, who is famous for her inclination towards femininity, was tempted by the impulse and replaced her shapely silhouettes with military dresses with brass buttons and epaulets for the fall season.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #3: Poncho and Poncho Jackets: Once again, poncho is back to fashion, a cozy, incredibly feminine and noble item in a lady’s wardrobe. Woolen, knitted, draped and cool leather ponchos are shown in the fall/ winter collections by Loewe, Givenchy, Maison Martin Margiela, Junya Watanabe, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana and Chloe. Especially spectacular fall wardrobe item will be a poncho with slits for the hands in structural forms and slightly raised and extended shoulders.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #4: Dandy-Suits: Perfectly diverging away from the “Lady fashion’, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani brought the trend of dandy-suits ” double-breasted jackets in a small strip. Sometimes completed with a fedora hat, the ladies suits copied men’s in every detail, placing a new emphasis on the gender paradigm.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #5: Leather Skirts: Another must-have in a woman’s fall wardrobe is a leather skirt this year. Whether it’s an elegant, high-waisted pencil skirt from Versace, a luxury DKNY flared skirt made of crocodile skin or a minimalist straight one by Calvin Klein, this spectacular piece will add glamour and chicness to your fall look. In the new season, leather skirt is mastered by Christian Dior, Valentino, Erdem, Herve Leger, Jean Paul Gaultier and others.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #6: Peplum: This seemingly long forgotten detail came to fashion with the warm days and managed to catch the attention of world-famous celebrities, who sported peplum dresses, skirts and blouses on numerous red carpet events. For the fall season, designers still get inspired from this lovely detail and create elegant dresses, jackets, tops, trousers and jumpers featuring peplum. Peplum can be seen both on the knitted pieces from Bottega Veneta, structural tops by Lanvin and even on the leopard printed and sequined trousers by Roberto Cavalli. Looking extremely stylish, this small attribute also comes to adventurously hide figure flaws if you know how to wear peplum right.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #7: Pants under the Skirt: The most underappreciated trend at the Fashion Week was perhaps the trend of “Pants under the Skirt’. This, however, looks rather interesting and unique and was presented by Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Marni. At Chanel, the skirt is short or a little above the knee, while at Louis Vuitton, it is almost maxi, ending in the same line with trousers.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #8: Skirts Longer than Midi: No wonder, the main length of fall is midi and longer. Conservative and aristocratic, this type of skirts, coming especially in the form of moderate pencil skirts, exudes the true spirit of the 1950s. This trend was best reflected in the fall collections of Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga, Roland Mouret, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Antonio Marras and Jil Sander.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #9: Maxi Trend: The trend of midi skirts doesn’t exclude the maxis. Like in summer, this cold season too maxi skirts and dresses are on vogue, especially in the casual wardrobe.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #10: Androgynous Trend: As you could have guessed from the trend of dandy-suits, androgynous trend is again on this fall. This is especially reflected through men’s blazer. Ascetic direct blazers on one or two sides featuring dark-green, brown and sand colors represent a new trend in outerwear. Acne, Lanvin, Rochas, and Stella McCartney are some of the designers, who managed to finally erase the boundary between sexes through stylish men’s jackets and coats. In the mass sector, the trend is hugely broadcasted by Zara, TopShop, Mango, Diesel and Massimo Dutti.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #11: Vintage Trend: Alongside peplum, ruffles come to state vintage this fall too. Vintage fashion is reflected both in the large buttons of tweed jackets and coat-boleros, as well as in the airy silk blouses with gold buttons. Retro elements can be traced in the collections of Miu Miu, Mexx, TopShop, Prada and many others.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #12: Victorian Fashion: Victorian lace, shiny silk, noble golden embroideries in the Baroque style, cloaks, French-style capes and frills adorn the fall collections of Meadham Kirchhoff, Mulberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Valentino and many others, stating the trend of Victorian fashion. Even in the office wardrobe, this fall you can experiment with such frivolities as a blouse with lace-edged collar or lace cuffs, or maxi dresses with a transparent lace skirt below the knee. No words to say, a 100% hit of the season!

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #13: Geometric Prints: Geometric prints in the new season get even more creative and artistic. Mosaic compositions, circles blurring in front of eyes, colored lines and squares in the square, as well as experiments with printed artistic figures have no rival this fall. Starting with the printed suits of Parad to the tweed dresses of River Island, geometric prints become a mandatory trend in the fall wardrobe.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #14: Floral Prints: The floral obsession doesn’t stop even this fall. Floral prints are still a huge trend, but they become darker, edgier and more luxurious. Erdem, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry Prorsum, Temperley London, Osman and McQ are some of the designers, who have made floral prints once again a must-have this fall.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #15: Oversize and Big: Although body-hugging clothes are known to boost femininity and elegance in one’s look, oversize is really cool this fall. Jackets, sweaters, cardigans, tops, coats, trousers, skirts and dresses all get oversized this year due to Balenciaga, Chloe, Gucci, Moschino, Max Mara, Mary Katrantzou, Francesco Scognamiglio and many others.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #16: Black Leather: Leather is practical, chic and stylish and is there every single season. This fall, leather gets a traditional makeover and comes in black color. Alongside leather skirts, leather dresses, leather coats, trousers and suits, leather jackets, leather gloves and accessories are in vogue again. You can either try total leather look, like presented by Lanvin, or go for leather inserts, following the fashion advice of Mulberry or Fendi.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #17: Patent Leather: Patent leather corsets, transparent mesh and shiny boots come to be the must-haves of the fall fashion season, making patent leather one of the greatest trends. Giles, Marc Jacobs, Antonio Berardi, Marios Schwab, Moschino, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Jean Paul Gaultier used the chance of enjoying their favorite material, so no wonder the fall season will be filled with sexuality.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #18: Doctor Bags: Angular traveling bags of rough leather are the most fashionable this fall. Known as “Doctor Bags’, the models feature lots of buckles, thick handles and always a hard bottom. The colors of the bag are mostly in the autumnal mood, including dark cherry, dark blue, dark green and brown. Such bags can be seen at Louis Vuitton, Victoria Beckham and Prada, and more democratic models can be found at Zara and Massimo Dutti (Read the rest of the fall/ winter 2012-2013 bag trends).

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #19: Wine Festival: Wine colors, including juicy burgundy, purple Beaujolais Nouveau, deep red and brown are the upcoming autumnal shades that will define the mood of a female wardrobe. Particularly impressive do look wine shades on translucent chiffon blouses with a big ribbon tied around the neck, on wide-brim hats and straight cashmere coats. Burgundy and wine shades are matched with dark gray and gold this year and can be found in the collections of Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Gucci, Haider Ackermann, Celine, Miu Miu and many others.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #20: Blue Addiction: Definitely one of the main shades of autumn is blue, and particularly its shades of cobalt and dark blue. In combination with noble velvet, it adds an essential bourgeois flair to any outfit, from polished trouser suits to semi-transparent blouses. Exactly in noble blue come the midi-dresses with lace inserts by Stella McCartney, the flirty cropped jackets matched with turtlenecks by Moschino and the close-fitting office-style dresses by Lanvin. Blue is also actively used in the collections of Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Celine and others.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #21: Gothic Fashion: Gothic fashion is revived this fall/ winter season thanks to Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, Givenchy, Pucci and others. This is best reflected through the all-black outfit choices, which contain chiffon and leather inserts, as well as quite unexpected style solutions. While some designers opted for quite minimalist Gothic touches, others brought edgier and more dramatic choices. Either way, fans of this style are advised to play safe.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #22: Oriental Opulence: Oriental prints and oriental vibes are other huge tendencies for the cold season. The love of the East managed to inspire Jason Wu, Dries Van Noten, Proenza Schouler, Osman, Marni and many others, who have combined the oriental touches into some really outstanding and spectacular outfit choices.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #23: Schoolgirl Chic: The innocent, but also sexy, playful and flirty schoolgirl style gets out of the classrooms this cold season. The schoolgirl chic fashion channels everything from lovely Peter Pan collars to retro rockability rebellion. Tartan skirts, socks, bubblegum colors, varsity jackets, as well as student-appropriate more elegant options can be seen at LAMB, Lauren Moffatt, DSquared2, Edun, Veda and others.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #24: Plaid/ Tartan: The plaid/ tartan makes a smooth transition into the fall season from summer and becomes a mainstream trend. Only this fall, it gets a vintage makeover. You can see midi-length tartan skirts, pyjama pants, tailored pants, coats, schoolgirl-style short skirts and other pieces in plaid. For the plaid fashion, draw inspiration from Ruffian, Corrie Nielseon and others.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #25: Knitwear: Knitwear is a timeless addition to any wardrobe and it appears any season, especially fall, when one needs cozier and warmer pieces. Knitwear is also mostly associated with the ’80s style and it can add a distinctive preppy feel to any look. No wonder, knitwear makes a great hit for the fall season too and comes in a variety of colors, shapes and styles. Paule Ka, Stella McCartney and Chloe are some of the designers that make us love knitwear.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #26: Fur: Fur is luxurious, gorgeous and refined and a mandatory trend for the cold season. This fall too, fur comes to be a huge trend. Whether colored or not, long-haired or short, on coats or accessories, fur is everywhere this year. There are head-to-toe fur looks, as well as some pieces with fur inserts in the fall/ winter collections of DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Lanvin, Michael Kors and others.

Fall/ Winter 2012-2013 Fashion Trend #27: Red Passion: From coral to crimson, red comes to be one of the main colors and a great hit for this fall. It’s passion, heat and emotional and looks great both on the daily basis and on special occasions. Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, Peter Som, Christopher Kane, Reed Krakoff, Emporio Armani, Temperley London, DKNY and many other prominent names chose to play red this fall. So if you know how to wear red and look great, this is definitely your trend!

As you see, the fall/ winter 2012-2013 fashion trends are just amazing and have something to satisfy any style need. Whether you are into feminine or masculine styles, statement-making or modest looks, there is something fantastic for you to add to your wardrobe and look chic while it’s cold outside.

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Written by Armine Karapetyan
Armine is the founder of website-design-los-angeles.com and an avid fashion lover. When she's not busy examining the latest fashion trends and news, she's exploring a new style for herself or is pursuing new adventures and dreams. Find her on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.