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Trends that Transcend

By Raymon Donis

Pantone predicts the following colors will appear in F/W 2011. BAMBOO - a warm, vibrant yellow hue with a hint of green undertone EMBERGLOW - a radiant shade of reddish orange reminiscent of the glow of a fire PHLOX - a deep shade of purple that adds an air of sophistication and drama HONEYSUCKLE - a fun and bold reddish pink nominated by Pantone as the color of the year CEDAR - a neutral mossy green that alludes to nature DEEP TEAL - a strong and mysterious blue-toned green sure to make a statement COFFEE LIQUEUR - a deep, rich brown tone that serves as an ideal neutral NOUGAT- a balanced mix between camel and khaki ORCHID HUSH - a cool grey tone, with the slightest undertone of pale purple to add warmthQUARRY - a medium grey with a hint of blue undertone Give these colors a polished look with bronze, copper, gold, and silver accents, to create a sense of luxury.

MODERATION - Quality rather than quantity is the rule of thumb. Forget about mass consumption of fads that you know will quickly end up buried in your closet, and focus on timeless staple pieces that you’ll be proud to wear in various ways.

FUSION - Be fearless when it comes to mixing and matching colors, patterns, and textures to create one-of-a-kind looks. Combine classic, refined style with eccentric, ethnic aesthetic to create a fresh image.

VALUE - Concentrate on acquiring basic as well as unique pieces that will have longevity in your wardrobe. Be conscious of the quality of your clothing: How well the garment is made will determine how good you’ll feel in it.

PRACTICALITY - Thinking not only about aesthetic but also about functionality puts everything into perspective. Style doesn’t have to compromise comfort. Fashion is meant to complement your lifestyle, not contradict it.

BACKCOUNTRY - A more relaxed and fluid mindset that steers away from severity is the way to go. Simple, organic lines that are inspired by the outer banks of nature are favored: Fashion should look and feel effortless, not forced.

Fall 2011 suit trends combine the best attributes from past fashion eras to create the ideal silhouette. References include the formality of the Victorian age, the instinctive charm of the 1930s, and skinny detailing from the 1960s. The preferred shape should broaden the shoulders, slim the waistline, and elongate the leg to achieve a leaner and stronger appearance. For a twenty-first century modern suit, timeless styles and precise workmanship will be updated with contemporary fabric, an impeccable cut, and fresh details.

SINGLE BREASTED SUITS: These suits will always have a place in fashion. For a more conservative look, stick with a small- to medium-sized lapel or shawl. If you like to stand out a little more, go for the peaked lapel that gives you a more prominent presence.

PATTERNS:Glen plaid, Damier check, herringbone, Harris tweed, and pinstripe are relevant patterns for fall 2011. Matching lines at the seams and pockets are a sign of quality. Patterns add interest to a suit and make it dynamic, so don’t shy away from them. The great thing about suits is that you can wear the pieces as separates. Wear the blazer and/or waistcoat with straight leg jeans, a crisp tee, and a textured scarf. Pair your trousers with a cardigan and a casual button-down shirt.

DOUBLE BREASTED SUITS: This suit is definitely on trend, as its cut accentuates the ideal V-shaped silhouette. Peaked lapels work best with this kind of suit. If you are not completely confident about your body, this may be the ideal choice, as it will definitely create a favored frame.

THREE PIECE SUIT: For the fashionforward man, this suit is yours to conquer. It consists of a jacket, a waistcoat, and trousers. Make sure that these three components are cohesive (mismatching is not that creative for suits this season). You need to be a risk-taker to pull this look off, but you will be richly rewarded by envious glances.

TIPS: The single button that falls lower on the chest makes you appear shorter than you might actually be. Multiple (two to three) buttons help elongate the body. If you are looking for a more formal suit, choose a structured, angular shoulder. A rolled shoulder gives you a less prominent shoulder angle and is more casual. Add a turtleneck or cowl neck to get a fashionable layered effect while keeping warm. Try the burnt sienna (rich orange tone) and the cadet (mix between grey and blue) colors to stay on trend. Pocket handkerchiefs are a great way to make a suit unique and give it dimensionality. Remember that suits are made to complement you. If the suit does not fit correctly right off the rack, invest in tailoring in order to get the best fit.

FABRICS: Wool is the dominant material for suits, as it molds to the body and is durable. Cotton is a good choice, too. Velvet is the fabric to keep an eye on this fall, as it is on trend to make a statement with its luxurious appeal.

SINGLE BREASTED SUITS: These suits will always have a place in fashion. For a more conservative look, stick with a small- to medium-sized lapel or shawl. If you like to stand out a little more, go for the peaked lapel that gives you a more prominent presence.

PATTERNS:Glen plaid, Damier check, herringbone, Harris tweed, and pinstripe are relevant patterns for fall 2011. Matching lines at the seams and pockets are a sign of quality. Patterns add interest to a suit and make it dynamic, so don’t shy away from them. The great thing about suits is that you can wear the pieces as separates. Wear the blazer and/or waistcoat with straight leg jeans, a crisp tee, and a textured scarf. Pair your trousers with a cardigan and a casual button-down shirt.

Classic silhouettes will be complemented by modern prints to create a timeless yet current look. Rich, natural colors fortify your presence. Sheer feminine fabrics will be smitten by the boyish charm of cool textures. It is always on trend to be sophisticated and intellectual, and this fall is no exception.

DROP HEMLINES, ELEVATE STYLE: A-line, flared, and pleated skirts are longer, for a more sophisticated and sensible look. The shape and cut are traditional, but vibrant colors and bold geometric, Gothic, and neoclassical inspiration give classic silhouettes an edge. These skirts should sit just above the waist, to elongate the body. A high leather or suede boot with a fitted blazer or belted cardigan will take this trend to another level.

SHE’S THE MAN: Women’s suits are not a new concept, but they are being reinforced as a staple look in various collections. Form-fitting blazers are being paired with a more relaxed, wider leg trouser that creates an effortless, chic, smart appearance. The structured blazer secures and defines a feminine shape while the trousers produce a lean extension of the leg. Add a turtleneck with a deep saturated color to elevate your sophistication.

HAUTE COATS: The 1950s swagger coat and the military coat are the two more prominent styles for fall 2011. The roomy swagger coat is both practical and elegant with a classic, A-line silhouette. The military coat has been a favorite for some time now and with good reason: It is structural and edgy, and it evokes confidence. Rich colors, complementary prints, and refined textures will give these coats an eccentric and contemporary look.

For fall 2011, classic construction will combine with innovative concepts to unite past and present. Vintage classics will gain new life through modern design. Traditional, sophisticated neutrals will complement rich, vibrant color. Relaxed silhouettes will be accented with sleek structure. Although our economic stability fluctuates, our fashion taste will not be compromised, as our expectations are still strong. Nothing will go to waste this fall season as old is transformed into new.

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