August issues of fashion magazines start featuring this fall’s new trends, and Flare magazine is, of course, no exception. This month’s issue presents us an extended report of fall trends, in an alphabetical manner – the alphabet of style.
Some of the most popular trends for the upcoming fall season are prone to be:
Abstract Print. Artful patterns ran the gamut from spirited geometric shapes to detailed botanical motifs. Etro,Jonathan Saunders, Marni.
Balenciaga Inspired. Fluid designs with domed sleeves and cocoon silhouettes spoke to master couturier Cristobal Balenciaga’s legacy of radical elegance. Burberry, Jil Sander, Thom Browne.
Colour Crazy. This season’s multi-dimensional colour theory referenced every inch of the rainbow. No hue goes unchecked: brights, icy pastels and rich jewel tones were all in brilliant attendance. Givenchy, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and many other designers.
Dots. Exaggerated spots reached a higher circle when splashed across sophisticated silhouettes. Comme Des Garçons, Diane Von Furstenberg, Mark Jacobs, Stella McCartney.
Embellishment. Sequins, beads, feathers and paillettes! Who said only diamonds were a girl’s best friend? Balmain, Emilio Pucci, Prada.
Fantastic Fur. Designers called to the wild with stellar statement furs. Alexander McQueen, Céline, Giambattista Valli.
Golden Girls. Spun-gold suiting and star-struck sequined frocks took home the winning medal. Comme Des Garçons, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten.
Hybrids. Fashion’s future shows that it’s all in the mix – note silk, wool and leather in one perfect garment. Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta, Ohne Titel.
Irresistible Chokers. Designers prepared for some heavy necking with throat-hugging collars. Christian Dior, Lanvin, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler.
Jumpsuit. From utility-chic overalls to slinky catsuits, the all-in-one played a starring role on many runways. Acne, Balmain, Chanel, Michael Kors.
Knits. Keep the chill out and get linked in, either with a tried-and-true turtleneck or an unexpected knot twist on cocktail dressing. Burberry, Jil Sander, Lanvin, Proenza Schouler.
Lace. Cocktail lace got a brazen reinvention in rich hues and semi-transparent weaves. Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Mark Jacobs, Lanvin, Rodarte, Valentino.
Mary Janes. Prim, pert and always polished – there’s something about Mary Jane. Christopher Kane, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Marni, Prada.
Naughty Girl. Cinched corset belts, bondage straps and underwear as outerwear has everyone talking about the bad-chic set. Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton.
Outerwear. Designers embraced cozy cover-up – think rich fur, lush wools and a few hot metallics – to ward off the big chill. Altuzarra, Dolce & Gabbana, Izabel Marant.
Peplum Parade. Ultra-feminine looks got some serious pep in their step with neo-Victoriana volume around the hips. Givenchy, Mark Jakobs, Thakoon.
Quirky Hats. Fashion’s creative minds flipped their lids for avant-garde headgear. John Galliano, Louis Vuitton, Mark Jacobs, Rochas, Prada.
Reptile. There was no scaling back when designers started playing with python prints and second-skin separates. Christian Dior, Gucci, Missoni.
Statement Shoulders. Exaggerated upper arms frame the catwalk’s most fabulous faces. Burberry, Mark Fast, Sonia Rykiel.
Tartans and Checks. Runway walkers in plaid frocks and tartan toppers signaled the season’s traditional checkered flag. Missoni, Prada, Thakoon.
Uber-Cool Bags. The catwalk pack tightly clutched their purses, understandably protecting the season’s most alluring accessory. Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Emilio Pucci.
Varsity Jacket. Three cheers for collegiate-cool girls who championed this sportif staple. Rag & Bone, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney.
Winter Florals. Power flowers unexpectedly bloomed one cold-weather cover-ups and calf-skimming skirts. Balenciaga, Cacharel, Erdem.
X-treme Heels. Fantastical footwear got a leg up with trompe l’oeil touches and eye-catching embellishment. Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Burberry, Miu Miu.
Yesterday. Fashion’s trip down memory lane detoured at 1940s elegance before cruising into the swinging sixties. Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Prada.
Zoology. Fashion proved to be a wild world, with all things feral stalking the runway. Anna Sui, Carven, Givenchy.
Besides the alphabetical style report, this month’s issue of Flare magazine also reports on Toronto Fashion Incubator designer contest New Labels that took place in Toronto earlier this year, on April 14th 2011. Among the Judges of the New Labels contest were important personalities from Toronto’s fashion scene, like designer David Dixon or Flare’s Editor-in-Chief Lisa Tant. The winning contestant is designer Golnaz Ashtiany, 27.
One of the evergreen trends featured in this issue is the Indigo trend. Jeans will never go out of style.
This month’s cover girl is Mila Kunis, an up-and-coming Hollywood star, whom we know from such movies as Black Swan and Friends with Benefits.