Your Top 10 Fashion Statements this Fall 2012

Shy or extravagant? Whatever the case this Fall’s trends will keep you looking sharp and slick, with minimal effort. Audacious designs  express pizzazz, attitude, and even rebelliousness. Look out for these new simple but impacful outfits, ornaments and accessories. highlights these over-the-top daring designs, from gothic black outfits to androgynous styles. Choose your look and make a statement.

Fall 2012 fashion trends for women

Baroque / ornate

In the face of minimalism and restraint, a contingent of designers went the opposite path for fall 2012. Drawing on the complexity we commonly associate with the Baroque movement, they showered the runways with lavish detail, heavy ornamentation and impressively wrought detail. Whether it’s embroidery, tapestry or gold leaf, this trend takes its cues from all things ornate.

School Girl Fashion

Going beyond the cliches and channeling a number of different eras, the concept of school girl chic gets reinvented for fall 2012. There’s innocence, there’s tough rebelliousness, and there’s the all-important truth that the two are compatible. Follow the link for more ideas of how to rock a schoolyard inspired look come fall.

Gothic fashion revival

Dark fairytales and noir fiction inspire new romance with all things Gothic for fall / winter 2012, heralding in ways to revive all-black outfits. Who said black had to be boring? Follow the link for more about the neo- Gothic Fashion trend and how to wear in this year.

Capes and cloaks

Wasn’t it only recently that capes had a huge revival? Well it was; and now it’s time to wrap ourselves up in their warmth once again, as the trend has evolved. Tied with the darker side of fall’s trends, capes and cloaks give life to outerwear’s shadowy fantasies. Follow the link for the full report.

Oriental fashion

Fashion looks East, drawing inspiration from the Orient and weaving it in with Western fashion in new and unique ways. Texture and print are the keys to oriental-inspired clothing in fall / winter 2012, with oriental motifs and rich brocades taking their places alongside kimono cuts and mandarin colours. Read more about oriental inspirations for fall 2012.

Leather skirts

Daring splits. Tunic-style wraps. Flirty and flouncy, pleated and a-line, pencil straight and figure hugging. What do all these skirt styles have in common? They’re all available in leather for fall 2012. Leather skirts expand their aesthetic offering into new directions.

Shades of red

Red may always represent passion and heat, but it’s not always right for the runway. Fall 2012 found the time right to indulge in everything from the brightest of corals to the deepest of ruby reds, mixing fiery hues with the season’s strongest textures. Read more about red clothing in fall 2012.

Tartan / plaid

It’s always with us, but there are those seasons when tartan / plaid is more popular than usual – autumn / fall 2012 is amongst them. A subtle variation on the norm, the tartan/ plaid emerges into fall with androgynous and school girl variations. Follow the link for the full guide on what to look for in your tartan this winter.

Androgynous fashion

We consider this a niche autumn / fall / winter fashion trend. Not because we don’t see it as a bit part of the season’s fashions – we suspect you’re going to see a lot of it. But, rather, we see it as a niche trend because most women’t aren’t going to immediately want to wear it. There’s going to be a lot of resistance to a fashion trend inspired by menswear, but it’s been done before and it’ll be done again – it’s just that this season you have’s guid to how to wear it best.

peplum skirt


Given it’s a season that is determined to experiment with the silhouettes of women’s fashion, it should come as no surprise to see peplums amongst fall / winter 2012′s fashions. Also in fashion for the previous summer, our guide to peplums takes you through how to wear them for autumn / winter as well as the style differences between the trend in summer and winter.