There are so many good trends happening in fashion right now, it was unbelievably hard to focus on just one for our next big shopping event, but since we had to...
This year's fall collection is entitled GO FOR BAROQUE and will feature a selection of editor's picks inspired by the more-is-more style of the '70s, '90s, and the original age of opulence...the 17th century (think Marie Antoinette; see Dolce and Gabbana). Of course, we'll also have our usual mix of amazing one-of-a-kind vintage and designer labels to choose from, and that's where all you awesome thrifters come in to play. What we want to know is what YOU want to wear for fall.
Are you on the hunt for vintage silk blouses or pining for printed pants? Do polka dots and leopard spots float your boat? Or perhaps you're more of an accessories kind of girl, clamoring for statement-making collars and bold-colored baubles? Whatever it is, we want to know!
We've been poring over the Vintage Thrift archives for the last few weeks gathering up the best trends of the season. Here's a look at some of the styles we've been collecting:
|Miu Miu, J.Crew, Lanvin, Derek Lam, Louis Vuitton|
As we like to say, go baroque or go home. Spearheaded by The Met's lady of the moment, Ms. Miuccia Prada, this look is bold, decadent, and all over the magazine editorials (American, British, and Portuguese Vogue, anyone?). Look for outrageous colors and prints from the '70s and '90s (trust us, they'll be hard to miss), and you'll have the Chloe Sevigny for Miu Miu look down pat.
|Ralph Lauren, Moschino Cheap and Chic, Matthew Williamson, Lela Rose, Dsquared^2|
STATEMENT COLLARS . . .
Put your best face forward with beaded, bejeweled, and be-furred collars that are enough to make at least one Zou Bisou Bisou singer jealous. Especially popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s, you'll find these decolletage decorators on anything from tunics and tops to full-length evening gowns. (Because we know you can't be a vintage-lover without appreciating the style of "Mad Men".)
|Juicy Couture, Erin Fetherston, Suno, Lyn Devon|
. . . AND STATEMENT PANTS
When it comes to styling a powerful pant, it's best to keep the business up top and the party downstairs...eh, who are we kidding? Printed pant and a floral blouse? Go for it. Striped top and paisley trousers? We say yes. The only fashion rule this season is to celebrate personal style — as loudly and as raucously as you can.
|Alexander Wang, A.P.C., Rodarte, Charlotte Ronson, DKNY|
The go-to color of '70s leathers, furs, and polyesters is making a comeback as the "it" neutral for fall 2012. Yep, despite its rich red hue, oxblood is a neutral...meaning you can pair it with pretty much anything. The wine-stained shades look particularly smashing with summer's neon pinks and greens (really!).
|Suno, Commes des Garcons, Alice + Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs|
Rounding out this season's trends are polka dots, which seem to be popping up at literally every level of the fashion chain, from the Gap to Kate Spade to Louis Vuitton — and for good reason. Polka dots are as timeless as they come, so expect to spot them (sorry, we couldn't resist!) on garments from the 1940s all the way through the '80s, '90s, and now.
Don't see what you're looking for? Not a problem! Tell us in the comments below the one (or two or three...) things you'd most like to wear for fall. And who knows, come September 6, you just might get your wish!