Zigzag Hems, Grunge, and Scarlet Details: The BARNEYS FASHION TEAM Lays Out the Next Big Trends

Before we headed off for the Europe shows, we created a final recap of the most relevant trends from this past New York Fashion Week.  Sporty flourishes, luxe fur, a grunge moment: this is what fall 2011 holds in store.  See for yourself below.

We can’t wait to share what we see in Europe!  Stay tuned…

- The Barneys Fashion Team

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Trend no. 1:  SPORTSWEAR has announced its arrival – even in dresses

One of the major directions that we saw this season: clothes inspired by actual sport silhouettes, from the varsity jacket at Rag & Bone below to this jersey-inspired Phillip Lim dress.

Rag & Bone Fall 2011

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Trend no. 2:  DISTINCTIVE HEMLINES have commandered dresses, coats, and other garments

An interesting detail that we saw in both designer and Co-op silhouettes was the use of unusual hemlines.  From the breakaway hems at Altuzarra and Thakoon (see image below) to the zig-zag hem at Proenza Schouler, it’s a simple and easy way to make a piece look instantly more intriguing.

(For more on how to tell a cutaway from a breakaway hem, check out this blog post on the topic by Barneys Fashion Director Amanda Brooks.)

Thakoon Fall 2011

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Trend no. 3: FUR and SHEARLING will swathe everything

Something we saw EVERYWHERE was the use of fur and shearling (we even saw it on sunglasses at Alexander Wang!  Check out the picture below).  In the past, these materials were usually limited to hoods or trim, but this season, we saw full-on, lengthy coats and vests made with these super-soft materials in so many collections that we lost count.

Alexander Wang Fall 2011

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Trend no. 4: SOUTHWESTERN influence is trickling in

The Proenza Schouler collection was inspired by Jack and Lazaro’s 10-day road trip they took around the southwestern region of the states.  Apparently, Rodarte‘s Kate and Laura Mulleavy caught that same travel bug, along with Diane von Furstenberg and a few more designers, who all showed southwestern influences in their collections.  We especially saw this with the special focus on beading and the blanket stripes we saw everywhere.

Proenza Schouler Fall 2011

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Trend no. 5: GRUNGE is staging a comeback

We also saw a lot of collections re-embracing the grunge look of the early ’90s, with long chunky knits layered over even longer dresses, or dresses with granny-like prints with feminine silhouettes.

Altuzarra Fall 2011

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Trend no. 6:  LONG SKIRTS will reign supreme

We’re happy to say that last season’s trend of long hemlines is still going strong.  We saw floor-length skirts and dresses that were made a little less precious by pairing them with grungy pieces.

Marc Jacobs Fall 2011

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Trend no. 7:  PRINTS and PATTERNS are bolder than ever

We saw prints and patterns like we’ve never seen before for fall.  From the Masai-warrior inspired stripes at Thakoon (see image below) to the hand-painted patterned velvet at Proenza Schouler to the cathedral floor map print of Theyskens’ Theory, our designers took their prints and textiles to new inspired heights.

Thakoon Fall 2011

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Trend no. 8: MAJOR COLOR is drenching the collections

We saw a refreshing change from the sea of black and grey that usually comes with the fall collections.  Designers embraced bright but autumn-appropriate colors like burgundy, rust, slate blue, vermillion, and hunter green.

Phillip Lim Fall 2011

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… and speaking of color, there was LOTS OF RED (Trend no. 9)

Even with the collections that were primarily black or grey, these dark colors were tempered with buttery caramels and the occasional shocking jolt of red.

Rodarte Fall 2011

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All images provided by Getty Images.