Fall fashion trend: on your marks

This season favors graphic treatment.

Fall and early winter, before the chill sets in, is my favorite time to max out style; this season offers endless opportunities for layering, playing with textures, structure and volumes. The runways are always overflowing with new ideas, but many are unachievable and unrealistic for real life. So I have curated the trends that matter for those of us that lead an active life on the move, prioritizing pragmatism, those of us needing fashion to work for us, not vice versa—otherwise why invest? Fall in love, go on, I dare you. There is plenty here to whisk you off your feet, or just keep them squarely on the ground. Follow along as I provide guidance on these trends, one by one, over the next several weeks. Previously, I've discussed athletic layering, getting political, practical bags, spice colors,plaids, hiking boots,oversized overcoats,hats, andsorbets.Below, the tenth trend:

Trend 10: New Graphic Design

To round up all of the various print and pattern for the season would be Herculean; honing in on the one theme that resonates to the more athletic amongst us is easy. Beautiful linear designs reappeared in various guises, from the sporty to the Delaunay and Mondrian-esque contemporary art and graphic design-inspired. The magic of these is when worn right, they can detract from areas we feel less comfortable about. The curve-conscious can de-prioritize them with a structured cocoon piece with loud lines, and let it do the talking. Want to seem taller? Look for vertical lines. The styling rule is pairing back—as in, keep to one piece ideally and mix with quieter anonymous separates elsewhere; it’s about playing tricks with the eye of the onlooker.

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