Fall 2008 Style Guide – Runway Trends to Try & Wear Now

Prepare to fall in love with the most fabulous fall fashion finds straight from the runway frontlines worldwide. This article breaks down the key seasonal trends you will want to try, buy and wear immediately! For fall it seems the “B” words are dominating what the popular styles are like: booties, bomber jackets, B52 style aviator shades, bow accessories, belts, baroque-ornate style jewelry, and babyish wee sized clutch bags.

So Haute It Has to Be Couture

When you think of couture fashion, typically over the top premium craftsmanship comes to mind. But, like the changing of the seasons, this fall haute couture designers like Anne Valerie Hash, Karl Langerfeld, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Valentino and others opted for silhouettes in very wearable shapes, proportions and cunning eye-catching colors reminiscent of Spring. Many of the designs that graced the Paris haute couture runway scene were both feminine and functional. The stunning couture garments for fall are sure to be coveted and admired by all.

Belt it Out: Accentuate Your Waist A trend carrying over from the spring season is belted everything! From dresses to skirts, coats to pants, belts are accentuating the waists of women worldwide. Get an instant hour glass shape by pairing a belt over your dress this fall. This trend is great for minimizing your tummy and creating an overall body slimming effect. Add a fresh perspective to a classic dress by pairing it with a skinny to mini sized belt. Update your favorite dress with this easy one step accessory.

Stop Short: Bootie Basics for Fall 08 Booties are back for fall and were one of the most pervading shoe trends on the runway this season. Models walked in boot styles that ranged from skins, metallics, patent leather, slip ons, lace ups and of course booties in frisky colors for every ankle preference. Some say boots were made for walking, but I think they were made to keep your pretty little toes looking fierce as you cover-up for fall/winter. Get your feet ready to take you to new heights of style with some of the season’s most wanted booties and ankle boots for the changing season. Styles by Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Christian Louboutin and others have created a bootie this fall that oozes sophistication, craftsmanship and extraordinarily high height. Heel height is a key feature for fall boots, so buyer beware. As singer Kylie Minogue infamously sang, “You’ll never get to heaven, if you are scared of getting high.”

Learn to Live with Less: Capture A Clutch Big bags bombarded the scene for the past 6 seasons, but this fall, learn to live with less and clutch a bag in a handier size carry-all. Designers got innovative with the clutch adding straps, handles, clasps, unique fold overs and ornate details giving women more options then ever to clutch it all for every occasion.

Four Eyes for Fall: Top Four Frame Trends If there is only one item you choose to update every season, make sure it is a pair of sunglasses. The right frames can transform any outfit instantaneously. On the runways worldwide, designers went for retro 80s style colored frames that will give your face a fresh pop of color as the seasons change. Designers also squared-off bringing back the ever so popular boxy ocular cut that are great for looking incognito. Thin framed aviators took off on the runway as designers elected to use the versatility of these classic frames to bring a chicness and refinement to the looks they sent down the cat walk. A frame everyone should own, is a big pair of oversized Jackie-O’s. This optical oozes glam and looks great on almost any face.