A new season gives shoppers an excuse to stock up on a new wardrobe and explore the latest fashion trends. Although many staples of cold-weather wear remain, this year there are a few surprises and concepts of which to take notice.
More drama is brought back to fashion with ornate, even baroque styles. Options from John Galliano and Viktor & Rolf are full of detail and grandeur. Rebelling against the minimalist movement, luxe looks full of brocades and gilded fillagree turned up on runways. Definitely not for the faint of heart, these looks scream luxury.
For those who want to channel their inner superhero or dark defender, capes and cloaks are also prime material for Fall/Winter fashions. Set traditional coats aside and wrap yourself in styles that run the gamut from gothic to trim and tailored. Capes are easy to toss over your shoulders on crisp days and also can be belted for more protection against winter wind.
Womenswear has borrowed from menswear in the past and this season it is going a step further. Pushing masculine-feminine boundaries, hats, suits and ties have emerged in women's fashions.
Ever a staple of cold-weather fashion, corduroy slacks are not the cords popularized in the 1970's. In shades from maroon to navy, Joyrich Corduroy offered by Dear John Denim provide a modern fit thanks to a blend of cotton and spandex. The medium weight baby cord is "the" alternative to your favorite pair of jeans this season.
School Girl Style
Sometimes a woman can't move beyond the classroom, as is the case when school girl fashions crop up in her wardrobe. Going beyond the sexy librarian cliches, this season's looks are melding pieces from youth styles and different eras. Pleats, tartan plaids and Peter Pan collars are showing up with varsity jackets, retro-inspired hairstyles and button-up blouses layered under knits.
Denim will always be a favorite standby and important component of fashion. Jeans manufacturers are creating looks that seem like they were carelessly frayed and ripped, but we know better. Raw edges are turning up on dresses, jackets and shirt collars to give them a little extra oomph.
For those who like a pop of color in their denim, bright hues from red to purple are continuing to dominate casual fashion.
Fall/winter styles marry hints of years passed as well as harbingers of the year to come.