Fall Fashion Trends

Designers went back to the 80s--here's how to wear the trends your way this time around

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Fall Fashion Trends

Designers went back to the 80s–here’s how to wear the trends your way this time around

-Lois Joy Johnson

Marc Jacobs Fall 2009I know you’re just getting into the spring of things, but last week’s Fashion Group International video presentation of the fall fashion trends from the 2009 collections in New York, Paris and Milan inspired rumblings–or were those grumblings–in the audience.

It seems the biggie designers–Marc Jacobs (left) and Stella McCartney and Jason Wu (below)–have collectively conspired to ignore the economy and point their pinking shears back to the last time fashion glammed up, the eighties.

Are designers in denial? There was luxury galore with jewel-trimmed everything, fur dresses and bags, and enough sequins to adorn all of Las Vegas. Gigantic shoulders, poufs, peplums and pantsuits formed the back -to-the future aspect.

Stella McCartneyLet’s get real. No one we know actually buys all those pricey clothes, and, yes, the trends will trickle down into H & M, TopShop, Gap and Bebe like they always do but…still! A lively panel discussion following the show was led by the legendary designer and futurist Norma Kamali, whose new line for Wal-Mart features nothing over $20, including her signature matte-jersey dresses and the incredibly chic trenchcoat Norma herself was wearing!

I hope you’re filling your piggybank with all those random pennies, because you’ll need them in September. Meanwhile, start hunting consignment shops and garage sales, or maybe just your mom’s closet. Here are 10 huge trends coming your way and here’s how to do them on the cheap:

Jason WuTHE SLEEVELESS SHEATH Michelle O ladylike style rules

THE BIG SHOULDER or PEPLUM JACKET But only one or the other

PUMPS Closed toes this time, platforms optional but heels way up

THE WHITE BLOUSE + MESSAGE TEES Pick them up everywhere

THE MAN-TAILORED PANTSUIT Check the Boys department



CHAIN-STRAP SHOULDER BAGS Easy-to-find couture knock-offs

LEGGINGS + SKINNY LEATHER PANTS Just work on your lunges

RED LIPSTICK Full-on color and texture, bye-bye gloss

You can make these fall fashion trends yours–it’s all about choosing just a few favorites and mixing them in with contemporary pieces you already own.

Read more about the fall runway trends: Betty at Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week Update, and That’s a Wrap!

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  1. Thank you for the focus on budget!

    I think a black (or other neutral color) sleeveless sheath dress is the most economical piece of clothing you can buy. Because you can wear it for any occasion and any season, it should be made from quality material so it lasts through a multitude of seasons and dry cleaning. I pair mine with brightly colored jackets, have made a jumper out of it with a blouse underneath and wear it by itself with fun, funky jewelry to give it personality.

  2. Can’t these designers come up with something new instead of regurgitating old crap from the 80s—the worst clothes of all time! Even the 40s had better style than the 80s.

  3. OH GOD NO!!!!!!!! I can’t believe big should pads are coming back, they were gross back then, and that ugly yellow dress, what’s with that? It’s going to be a bad season of color!

  4. It’s nice to see color in fashion. Too many people walk around looking exhausted in dark colors all the time. I can do without the big shoulder pads though:)

  5. Say it isn’t so? 80s revival. It’s bad enough there are Broadway plays with all that lousy music (except Journey of course), but now awful clothes?

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