Fall Fashion: In Living Colour

There is no denying that fall has arrived as luscious greenery fades to autumn’s crisp yellow and orange tint. For some, including myself, fall fashions are a favourite. Fall has opened the door that allows us to express our inner fashion voice, one that has been silenced by the uninspiring season of the flip flop. 

From the runways to the street we are not just seeing strictly dark ensembles this fall, but are delightfully being met with surges of bold, bright and show-stopping hues paired with patterns and brocades unlike any season before. From 80s-inspired pant suits to colour-blocking patterns echoing the house of Yves Saint Laurent in the 70s, the Fall 2012 ready to wear collections are nothing short of inspiring. Though the runway shows were back in February, the time has now arrived for us to step out and do the hard work of our favourite designers proud. 

Everywhere I turn, from the magazine covers to the internet, I am hit with bursts of colour and I personally couldn’t be happier. I too am a lover of black, however there is nothing more striking than a bold pop of colour to sharpen any look. Vibrant hues as the weather cools give us just enough attitude to keep on strutting. 

Two colours in particular taking the lead this fall are burning reds and hues of ice cold blues. From Celine to H&M, there are plenty of options and price points to outfit your fall wardrobe. 

During Paris Fashion Week, we witnessed many a lady in red. Two of my favourite looks captured were the modern day little red riding hood and the belted pant suit (top photo). 


If a head to toe crimson look packs a little too much heat for you, try a red blazer paired with a simple white t-shirt, black skinny jeans and a basic pump. Donna Karen Blazer, T by Alexander Wang shirt , Victoria Beckham denim, Stella McCartney pumps and a Kenneth Jay Lane Bangle. 


True blue! My personal colour of choice this fall. We started to see powder and cobalt blues making an entrance earlier this year and I am happy to report they’ll be sticking around. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your blues or accent looks with pop colours to create depth to your outfit. 


This season, Zara offers denim in a variety of colours; however, my top two are the printed midnight blue and the solid peacock blue options. These items are trendy and pocket-book friendly. 


Don’t worry gentlemen, I haven’t forgotten about you. What better way to pack a punch into that solid black wardrobe then with a hit of electric blue. Don’t be shy, layer royal blues with sapphire and cobalt hues. 


Add one or all of these pieces to your fall wardrobe lineup and stand out amongst the sea of grey and black. Etro sweater, scarf and socks, Apt. 9 dress shirt and Raf Simons peacoat. 

– Karla CarolAnn Pospisil