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The Sche Report’s top trend for Fall encompasses the new ladylike dressing that has been presenting itself over the past several seasons.  For Fall, the look is refined and opulent with references coming from many different decades in the history of fashion.  This trend is definitely channeling the opulence of the past signifying a sign of hope and commerce in current history.  Women have been holding back for years in regard to opulent fashion, and this season, we think women are ready to get back into the glamour of it all.

refined opulence 3 FALL 2011 TOP 10 TRENDS:  REFINED OPULENCE   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

LACE has been gaining popularity on the runway for a few years now and it doesn’t seem to be going away as a trend any time soon.  For Fall, the laces are delicate and have a vintage quality to them referencing the 40′s and 50′s.  Accessories are really big in this category with lace covering clutches, boots, heels as well as layered over the face.  Within this trend, look for lace to be layered over dressier fabrics such as chiffon and satin for a elegant feel while also pairing with the transparency trend that has been so huge.  Look for cropped lace gloves, lace socks and legwear to have a larger open weave again with an extreme delicate nature.

FEATHERS in this trend category (as opposed to Romantic Dichotomy) are very full and close to the body when they are used. Rather than fluffy and airy, they are darker (green, burgundy, black) and create shape when used on a garment.  Usually paired with some type of jet beading or embroidery, they define the look of excess that is so prevalent in this trend.  Expect to see this type of feathers used on clutches with jeweled handles as well as in jewelry.

BROCADE and WALLPAPER fabrics were featured at Giles Deacon, Dries Van Noten and Mary Katrantzou.  Most channeled an opulent Baroque feel paired with high collars and furs while Jonathan Saunders created a modern interpretation with fabric blocking and bold colors.  Look for ladylike silhouettes in this fabric: tunic dresses, drapey gowns, pencil skirts and cropped trousers.  The fabrication will mostly be used on dresses and skirts for the Holiday season and you can expect this opulent fabric to come around again in the Interiors market as trends switch from Modern and minimal to Opulent and decadent.

BOW DETAILS are a key detail and were used in every capacity of apparel as well as all over accessories.  Thom Browne featured ribbon bows throughout his entire collection and all the leaders of the Refined Opulence trend (Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Lanvin) integrated bows into their design details.  Look for large and small bows on blouses and dresses using embroidery and beading as a trim.  Many blouses featured hand tied bows at the neckline and bows were also featured at the waistband in a variety of stylings.  Expect to see bows on shoes, handbags and jewelry as this is where the trend will get the most attention.  Look for all markets to jump on board this idea from Juniors to Contemporary and beyond.

JEWELS channeling the Byzantine era were featured at Dolce and Gabbana and Lanvin to name a few.  Jewels were encrusted into gold fabrics at Dolce and Gabbana for one of the most opulent looks of the season.  Other interpretations saw colored jewels placed in large necklaces and huge chunky cuffs as seen at Lanvin.  Amazing clutches were seen and shoes also got a dose of the trend.  Look for colored jeweled accessories to be a big hit in the fast fashion chains where this type of trend can be replicated very inexpensively.

FUR is a HUGE trend for the Fall season (see our Trend Report here) and has been featured in a few of our top ten trends broken into different classifications.  Within Refined Opulence, fur is used more as an accessory or a trim.  Fur stoles are big as well as different ideas of using fur on collars and around the arms as seen at Miu Miu. The fur referenced here is mostly mink and beaver, leaving the mongolian and monkey fur to other trend categories.  Accessories are a big category with fur gloves, handbags, hats and shoes as a main feature. Expect for many of the fur trends to be interpreted in faux furs for cheaper and animal friendly versions.

TUXEDO INFLUENCED looks were seen from the leaders of this trend: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung and YSL.  From elegant slim suiting with a tuxedo flair to dress versions with bow ties and black and white combinations,  the tuxedo defines the trend of Refined Opulence.

Expect for The Sche Report to continue to highlight Fall trends in our regular “Trend Alerts” and also look for more on our interpretation of Spring trends in the coming months.  I hope you have enjoyed our trend boards and are inspired for the upcoming season.

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  1. Budi

    It’s not about the bubble but the hopastil you mentioned. My MIL was scheduled for surgery recently. We came a couple of days before the surgery. Turned out to be a good thing she had an accident and wound up in emergency surgery 4 days before the scheduled procedure, so we spent a lot of time there. The hopastil was like you describe, plush chairs, original artwork(lots of tile mosaics) and a grand piano with a schedule posted for the pianist. It also played by itself when the pianist wasn’t there. My kids just loved that and the fountains.Quite a bit different from the “institutional” building decorated with artwork from the local schools we have.

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