NY Fashion Week for Fall 2011 concluded last week, and I was able to get a sneak peek thanks to @mystyle on Twitter providing a plethora of runway photos! From Michael Kors to Marchesa, I began to notice a good amount of consistent trends that we can expect for Fall 2011.

  • Cobalt blue and jewel tones (Mustard, Emerald, Rust, and Purple) were go to color choices
  • Winter always means lots of holiday parties, so its no surprise that many of the looks were inspired by this
  • Lots of fur, feathers, and leopard print make a comeback
  • The sheer trend of Spring and Summer continues into Fall as well
  • Colorblocking is also a consistent trend that will carry throughout the year

While taking these new trends into consideration and looking through old magazines for more inspiration for my mood board, I noticed that trends are recycled and reused again for at least a year. For example, in the Spring of 2010, bright colors and tribal prints were some of the top trends for young adult females. Fast forward to Spring 2011, and you can still see magazines promoting the same kind of fashion. I believe this is a smart idea for a couple of reasons. People like to buy things that are current and keep up with the trends. Most people on the other hand, cannot afford to constantly change their wardrobe just because magazines tell them to. By recycling trends for a period of about a year, those with an average income can keep wearing their “in season” items over and over by just reinventing the way you wore it the previous year. With this is mind I take reinvention as a challenge to create brand new outfits without spending any money. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

I have been trying out new things on a smaller scale, my nails! Getting manicures have become my newest addiction, and buying new nail polish is like shopping for clothes, but a lot cheaper! It can update a regular outfit in seconds. My nails for this week:

Left: Wet n Wild Megalast Nail color in “Under Your Spell” and Wet n Wild FastDry nail color in “Party of Five Glitters