As the new Fall 2012 collections are hitting the runways, I cannot help but think ahead to what my closet may look like once the leaves change again.  If you find yourself in this same predicament, you may want to consider my picks for fall and get a jump start on your shopping:

Donna Karan, Image courtesy of Style.com

Red bottoms: Or red in general.  In my book, red can be used as a neutral.  It goes with—almost—everything.  The bold hue popped up all over the runways of Donna Karan, McQ, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein Collection.  Of course red denim is an excellent choice however; you can try red on trousers for a modern, sophisticated look.  Do not just think bright, candy apple red, try burgundy for a night out.

Gucci, Image courtesy of Style.com

Black: Remember those sweet pastels we discussed for last season?  Sure enough, the pretty pinks gave way to a bevy of flowing, black chiffon gowns (Gucci) and fierce, black tailored pieces (Donna Karan.)  Any fashionista worth her (or his) weight in shoes knows to never purge her closet of classic black duds—but it never hurts to add a few more pieces.  Pair a black chiffon top with your tailored separates for an easy work-to-night-out look.

Floral embellishments: Not your grandma’s florals, these are dark and moody, winding around black lace or covering plush velvets.  Take cues from those featured in Gucci or McQ.  Ditch the frilly flowers and go for a darker color palette when choosing your florals.  This will make it easier to transition them from day-to-night.

Burberry Prorsum, Image courtesy of Style.com

Plush pieces: Last year we saw a whisper of this trend in velvet and corduroy bottoms, but this fall it is coming in full force with jackets, tops, skirts, pants and suits for both sexes.  Christopher Bailey of Burberry Prorsum, Giorgio Armani (Emporio Armani) and Frida Giannini (Gucci) took advantage of these plush fabrics.  With these textiles, a little bit will go a long way and will read “luxury” more effectively than head-to-toe velvet.  Pair a plush pencil skirt with a classic white blouse or simply try a chiffon blouse with plush detailing over trousers.

Marc Jacobs, Image courtesy of Style.com

Ankle boots: Don these boots with jeans or show them off with a ladylike dress or skirt.  Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta embraced the ankle boot, embellishing it to the fullest.  Do not be afraid to let your socks peek out of your ankle boots, just make sure they are appropriate for the occasion (thin, about mid-calf, and—do I have to say it?—in good condition.)  Tights are also an excellent pairing for these boots in the colder months.

As a side note, just because red and black are major players this season, that is no reason to neglect your whites from spring.  It looks as though they will persevere past Labor Day.

Much love and good shoes,

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