Yesterday we talked about the cache of colors lined up for Fall 2012, which is like giving you the rules by which one is expected to play the game. Today, we’re talking patterns and how those colors are intended to be used, which is like giving you the plays.
This season’s all about mismatching, the free-balling flow of colors and patterns coming to a head and intersecting across fabrics, textures and pieces to create a look that might have been shunned only a few years ago. We like to think of it as the early nineties all grown up and accessible to the modern man. These patterns are in play everywhere: at the office, on the street, on the slopes, off the beaten track and anywhere you can imagine in between. Basically, it’s a fashion free-for-all and you’ve got free rein to wear whatever you want. (Within reason: we simply won’t condone, nor will we be held responsible for a paisley/plaid combo of any sort.) The only requirement here is confidence; if you think you look good, you probably do and you probably will.
Gone are the days of the traditional suit: the checkered shirt and textured tie look is in and, as evidenced above, can be dressed down with a solid-colored vest and a clean-cut coat or taken to another level with an equally over-textured jacket. Similarly, stripes can fly whichever way they please and paisley has been cleared to be paired with polka dots.
Outside the office we’re confronted with more welcome confusion: This River Island blazer (bottom left and please note the subtle hints of Rhubarb and Honey Gold) comes in clashing with the tribal chambray shirt by ASOS, but the look somehow succeeds. ASOS takes it a step further with their Navajo print fleece saddled with leather and their Aztec print on denim over an unevenly checkered shirt. (By-the-by, Aztec, gonna be huge this year.)
Tomorrow we're talking cuts, the backbone of the fashion scene, and the pieces on which some of these patterns will appear and others will be paired.