The Top 10 Trends From Fall Fashion Week

With NYFW behind us, it’s time to break down the runway trends that’ll set the stage for the rest of the Fashion Weeks across the pond. After poring over the looks from every show, we came up with a few we loved, and a few that raised some interesting questions: Where’d the color go? What’s with all the random fur trim? Are bootcut jeans coming back?

Rather than report on everything, we chose to focus on the trends that truly got us excited, from new shapes to try to a sexy new way to show off your gams. So, without further ado, familiarize yourself with the top 10 trends from NYFW that are R29-approved!

Military Jackets — This season’s military jacket is cropped, fitted, and comes equipped with four utility pockets to store all your odds and ends. We predict this will be the topper of choice for savvy Coachella-goers this year. 

Jason Wu fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Tommy Hilfiger fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Jen Kao fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo


Embellished Sheers — Tiny studs, lace, and sparkling embellishments gave sheer pieces a glitzy makeover. 

Jill Stuart fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Prabal Gurung fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Suno fall ’12, Photo: Courtesy of Suno


Blanket Stripes — Graphic, rich, and very, very warm, blanket stripes are a trend we’re going to be layering with all fall. Plus, it should be pretty easy to find ’em in thrift shops, so start combing through your local Salvies, stat! 

Rag & Bone fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Steven Alan fall ’12, Photo: Courtesy of Steven Alan;Rodarte fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo


Panel Pants — Sure, we saw smatterings of panel pants on the spring runways, but the fall shows were positively rife with this slimming trouser. 

Preen fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Mandy Coon fall ’12, Photo: Courtesy of Mandy Coon; 3.1 Phillip Limfall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo


Metallic Leather — High-shine leathers gleamed from pants, jackets, and dresses, and showed up in a variety of real and faux versions. 

Tibi fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Rag & Bone fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo;Alexandre Herchcovitch fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo


Voluminous Sleeves — Ranging from dolman sleeves to full-on Laura Ingalls Wilder-era leg-o-mutton sleeves, the shape of the season was big by the shoulders and slim near the wrists, a new silhouette we’re pumped to try. 

Alexander Wang fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; ICB fall ’12, Photo: Courtesy of ICB; Ports 1961fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo.


Graphic Sweaters — With illustrations and patterns bordering on dorky, these fun sweaters reminded us of the ’80s jumpers we love to thrift even today — except way cooler. 

Diesel Black Gold, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Suno, Photo: Courtesy of Suno; Marc by Marc Jacobs, Photo: Courtesy of Marc by Marc Jacobs


High-Slit Skirts — Maxi skirts got a huge dose of sex appeal with floor-grazing skirts featuring thigh-grazing slits. 

Sophie Theallet fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Jason Wu fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo;Theyskens Theory fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo


Asian-Style Dresses — Whether they came in boxy kimono cuts or body-hugging cheongsams, Asian-style dresses in sumptuous fabrics like silks and velvets were definitely all over the fall runways. And these pieces are going to be sure to inspire our party-dress game this holiday season. 

Zac Posen fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Jason Wu fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo;Proenza Schouler fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo


All White — It seems like all white is always a trend, but this season, nearly every designer featured a head-to-toe white look. If there’s any time in your life to quit being a messy eater, now is it. 

Cushnie et Ochs fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Band of Outsiders fall ’12, Photo: Courtesy of Band of Outsiders; Derek Lam fall ’12, Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo


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