Key Trends | Pre-Fall 2012

Being one of the most shopped season, pre-fall usually showcases some easily wearable looks to start transitioning into colder months. MRD loves the casualty, layering, and rich and deep coloring of this season’s fashion. Since a number of trends have emerged on pre-fall runways, we have concocted you a summary of the most prominent ones. Read on for MRD favorite five key pre-fall trends and stay tune for more styling tips every Monday!

1. Soft touch of leather

Leather is the number one trend transitioning from end of summer into the fall season this year. Yves Saint-Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, The Row, Alexander Wang, and Givenchy are few of many that use this chic and luxurious fabric in their pre-fall collections. We saw it on runways, on multiple colors ranging from light beige, tan to red and black. MRD loves how it is often pair with satin, silk, and lace fabrics to add a touch of softness to any edgy looks.

From shorts, dresses, skirts, peplum, jackets, and pants, get inspired to create your own pre-fall looks.

2. Mismatched prints and fabrics

Graphics, geometrics, and mirrored prints, black and whites, vintage rich patterns and colors, who said fall isn’t all about fun? Whether paired with a matching bottom  or with different fabrics for a mismatched look, you will certainly need a dose of creativity and a hint of willingness in order to recreate Diane Von Furstenberg, Erdem, Prabal Gurung or Salvatore Ferragamo’s looks!

3. Reds or Emerald Greens

The most popular color palettes this fall season are emerald greens (light or dark), navy blue, and any kinds of reds. Used into the entire look or as a color accent to add interest to neutrals, reds and emerald greens are thoroughly seen on pre-fall runways. MRD tip: Blue can be match with both reds or greens but careful not to mix those two together!

4. Tailored perfection

The pre-fall shows and now stores churned out dress after dress with a nipped waist and a free-flowing skirt reminiscent of Christian Dior’s seminal New Look collection. We also see two-piece outfits, perfectly tailored to the body and often accentuating the waist. A-line dresses and blazers and crop jacket over a shirt-pant suit are the best ways to follow this trend.

5. Waist definition

Peplums and belted waists bring ultra feminine looks by defining the waist and hips. Peplum tops can be added to a skirt for a flirty dress effect, perfect for a day at work or can be add to pants or denim for a more casual but nonetheless eye-catchy look.

Belting out your outfit at the waist is also another way to show off your flattering silhouette. As seen on runways, whether it is on a pant-top or skirt-top combination or over a dress, belts are a great addition to any kind of looks!

To make sure you are able to shop these trends, we want to point you out amazing “shoppable” editorials from Shopbop and Neiman Marcus about pre-fall 2012 fashion.

What are the trends you will follow this fall season? No matter which one, we are sure you will be able to find what you need on those sites! Happy shopping!

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