2012 Fall Fashion Trends

Mixed Separates Monday: Cut It Out

From shoes to dresses, celebrities have been sporting the cut-out trend in various sexy and subtle ways. Nikki Reed recently attended a photo call in London wearing edgy Ferragamo cut-out heels. Kate Hudson attended the the 3rd Annual amFAR Inspiration Gala last month wearing a stunning, red Prabal Gurung gown featuring cut-out details. Cut-outs are a way to add rock star edge to an ensemble, peek-a-boo pretty or look-at-me-now provocativeness.

What do you think of the cut-out trend? Have you added any items featuring the cut-out trend to your wardrobe?

Mixed Separates Monday: Cut It Out

BCBGeneration, Cut Out Back Dress; $158.00/ Free People, Cut Out Neck Long Sleeve Top, $48.00/ Ted Baker, Laurelia Cut Out Leather Shoes; $172.38/ Melinda Maria, Nicole Cuff; $180.00/ Weekend MaxMara, Cut-Out Skirt; $345.00/ chicnova, Black Metal Cut Out Fold-over Long Clutch; $64.50/

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Mixed Separates Monday: Plum Perfection

Various shades of purple are always a popular pick for fall fashion and designer's collections are always packed full of the romantic and bold shade. One of my favorite hues of purple is plum, because of its ability to serve as both a warm and cool color. This ultimately depends on how much of the red and blue tones are mixed into the color palette to create the shade. The See by Chloe sweater, featured below is a cooler shade of plum, while the White House|Black Market Plum Corduroy Jacket is a warmer shade of the rich color.

What do you think of the color plum? Have you added any plum pieces to your fall wardrobe?  Do you prefer to wear plum with more blue tones or red?

Mixed Separates Monday: Plum Perfection


Trina Turk, Lace Dress; $328.00/J. Crew, Edie Purse; $238.00/ See By Chloe, Plum Mélange Crew Neck Pullover; $250.00/ Naya, Mindy Boot; $169.95/ J. Crew, Rummy Metallic Brocade Cropped Pants; $350.00/ White House|Black Market, Plum Corduroy Jacket; $60.00

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Mixed Separates Monday: Brocade Beauties

In the mood for adding some luxe items into your fall wardrobe? Baroque-inspired pieces are just the way to accomplish that goal. Brocade prints are richly decorative woven fabrics, often made in various silks coupled with the use of gold and silver threads.

Designers like Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain all captivated the runways with their Baroque-inspired collections for Fall 2012. These collections mixed shimmering, satin jackets with opulent, printed pants and eye-catching velvet pieces. I personally loved the way that Dolce & Gabbana combined brocade prints with lace details on cocktail dresses and corsets creating the most elegant ensembles.

Here are a few of my favorite Baroque inspired picks for the season. What do you think of these picks? Have you added any Baroque pieces to your fall wardrobes?

Mixed Separates Monday: Brocade Beauties


Tracy Reese, Brocade Sheath Dress; $345.00 / Elizabeth and James, Avery Brocade Effect Blazer; $559.63 / 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Brocade Foil Print Velvet Skinny; $198.00 / Alice + Olivia, Helena Floral Velvet Brocade Pumps; $345.00 / Kotur, Mango Satin and Velvet Brocade Box Clutch; $450.00 / Rachel Comey, Meade Shell Brocade Top; $494.28 /

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Mixed Separates Monday: Amazing Autumn

My favorite time of the year to shop for clothing is autumn. To me, there really is nothing quite like the sound of crisp leaves crunching underneath a pair of chunky heeled boots. I love the cozy textures and warm colors that come with the fall season. I crave cooler weather styling, such as layering a loose knit sweater over a silk blouse, topped by a fabulous wool coat.

Here is an inspirational, mixed separates ensemble to try for fall. Playing off the color palette of the blouse, by sticking to mostly burnt oranges, tanned browns and olive greens hues, this ensemble will get you in the mood for autumn dressing.

What do you think of this look? Do you have any favorite pieces? Is there anything you would add or change?

Mixed Separates Monday: Amazing Autumn



1. Topshop, Structured Blazer, $130.00

2. Current Elliott, Ankle-Cropped Skinny Jeans, $185.00

3. Luisa Spagnoli, Printed Silk Blouse, $149.00

4. Amrita Singh, Andra Autumn Earrings, $100.00

5. Rebecca Minkoff, Mini MAC bag, $195.00

6. Valentino, Nougat and Aragon Patent Pumps, $362.00

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ Tory Burch Amanda Riding Boot

Style Find: Tory Burch, Amanda Riding Boot, $495.00

Where to Buy: Tory Burch

Why You Should Buy: So we are now addicted to the sport of Equestrian after seeing the amazing outfits that Team Great Britain wore during the Olympics. We love the jackets and especially the stylish boots. Tory Burch has created several new styles of riding boots perfect for your fall wardrobe.

We are currently obsessing over the Amanda Riding Boot. These boots are an essential piece for outings and can be worn with pants or jeans giving you the classic equestrian style. Available in black or almond.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ 3.1 Phillip Lim Shearling Letterman Jacket

Style Find: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Shearling Letterman Jacket, $1,500.00

Where to Buy: Shopbop

Why You Should Buy: If you need an investment piece for the fall/winter season, this is the one to purchase. We love the sporty-chic look of the shearling and wool jacket, not to mention the color is practically perfect. You can wear this jacket as a top by itself or pair with jeans, pants or a skirt. It's totally versatile and you'll love the modified boxy style.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ Nanette Lepore Society Sequin Dress

Style Find: Nanette Lepore, Society Sequin Dress, $398.00

Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue

Why You Should Buy: If you're anything like us, you are currently obsessed with metallic hues. We think it has something to do with the Olympics and all the shiny medals being passed out. Even celebrities are getting in on the gold trend by sporting the mineral inspired hue on the red carpet.That's why we think this Nanette Lepore shift dress is a must for your wardrobe.

Add a pair of strappy heels for a sensational night time look or add a pair of leggings and a black blazer for a winning office look.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ Miu Miu Suede Peep Toe Ankle Boots

Style Find: Miu Miu Suede Peep Toe Ankle Boots, $790.00

Where to Buy: Saks Fifth Avenue

Why You Should Buy: Fall might seem like a lifetime away with the sunny days of summer upon us. Spending afternoons lounging poolside relaxing does not exactly bring about thoughts of autumn leaves and the impending cooler temps. However, Miu Miu is tempting us with visions of fall dressing with a preview of their fall shoe collection. Make these suede peep toe ankle boots the staple of your fall collection. We love the bold red color and we're sure people will take notice of the flirty bow adornment.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Animal Prints-It’s a Jungle Out There

What is it about animal print that makes it so glam despite the less than fashionable thinking that associates it with the tacky side of style?

First of all, it’s fun and it is just downright glamorous. There is an old Hollywood film star feel to animal prints. Marilyn Monroe was a fan. Others film stars like Ursula Andress, Bridgette Bardot and Catherine Deneuve made animal prints synonymous with sophisticated, seductive sex appeal through the 50s and into the 60s. Who can forget that look -- huge dark sunglasses, a leopard print head scarf while driving in a sports car in the French Riviera.

There’s also a long history of its use by the fashion elite. Christian Dior introduced us to animal prints back in 1947 with his spring/summer collection featuring a “Jungle” day dress and an exquisite silk chiffon evening gown aptly named “Afrique”. Coming after the Second World War, designers were trying to re-inject some glamour back into fashion after years of plain fabric rationed dressing and home sewing.

Animal prints are also a perfect way to add a touch of the “mad and bad” to your outfit. You don’t have to go for full on. If you’re afraid of getting too far out of your comfort zone, go from being a mouse to a tiger with just a pair of animal print shoes, a bag, gloves or a scarf.

There are some commonly held opinions on the dos and dont's of how to wear prints. I don’t agree with any of those opinions. Follow a few basic rules, and you’ll be  fine.                                          

Combining different prints does not have to mean style disaster. It’s on-trend right now to wear more than one piece at a time. The fashion savvy to mix it up will make you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.   

It’s not only about combining prints, it’s also about combining textures and colours. But don’t overdo it -- a faux fur leopard print coat worn with a fluffy cheetah bag and fuzzy animal print boots will make you look like an extra in The Flintstones. Instead go for a simply cut jersey or silk dress in a pale cheetah print. Toss this over with a darker leopard fur coat and accessorize with a pony skin shopper bag. Done well, you can look femme fatal yet classy, risk taking yet fun.

Whatever print you choose -- go forward, be bold and deck yourself out in the style of the urban jungle.

~Kate de Lacy @fashionedgy

Kate de Lacy is a writer currently residing in Bath, London. She has many passions and wears many fashionable hats  including those of  fashion blogger, journalist, illustrator, art historian and traveler. Kate is currently looking for an opportunity to move to the United States.

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