Though we're still in the month of August and heat waves continue to hit us all across the country, both Hollywood and the fashion industry are starting to look with real excitement toward Fall. Celebrities are already hitting some red carpets in outfits from the upcoming (cooler) season and magazines are each announcing the trends you need to know for Fall. Many of the trends have to do with color--deep purples, rich reds, glittering gold, and the perennial black are all emerging in different ways on runway after runway. Military style is also big, so look for olive and khaki color-wise with details such as added pockets, buckles, and belts.
As I have discussed on GlamAmor, menswear is another of the style highlights this season with inspiration ranging from Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year (1942) to Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (1977). Art Deco style is also on trend...still in full swing from last Fall when Oscar-winner The Artist made such a splash, continuing through Spring, and now appearing on this Fall's runways as well. Much of the reason is a combination of Downton Abbey fever and Baz Luhrmann's greatly anticipated The Great Gatsby, whose Prada-filled wardrobe was destined to be seen onscreen in December. Unfortunately, it's not to be...its premiere was recently postponed to the Summer of 2013, so I would wager the Deco trend will be seen in design at least another season. If not even longer.
When people discuss Art Deco design, it often ranges from the full-on flapper 1920s to the Streamline Moderne of the 1930s. Both, right now, are hot. Silhouettes from the 1930s are some of my personal favorites for evening and Kay Francis, whose glamorous and sophisticated style I just highlighted, is one of my inspirations. Apparently, I'm not the only one. Ralph Lauren (above) and Michael Kors are two designers who also know their film history well, and both show inspiration from Ms. Francis this season. Kay was known for her body-conscious gowns that plunged deeply in the front or back (sometimes both), and you can see this influence in their Fall 2012 collections. It's no wonder I love so many of their pieces...these are yet further examples of the ongoing influence of classic cinema.
ABOVE: Ralph Lauren pairs feathers with black bias-cut silk and
Michael Kors shows a plunging black halter gown for Fall
Silver, gold, and black in an Art Deco masterpiece by Ralph Lauren
with a plunging front and back worthy of Kay
All gold--one of the hottest Fall trends--seen in sequins at Michael Kors
Ralph Lauren shows another trend for Fall--purple--
in a one-shouldered column, a favorite silhouette of Kay's
Red and more red--yet another hot Fall color--at Michael Kors with a classic 1930s fur collar