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Fall 2012 Wearable Trend Review: Eclectic Print and Color Mix


Fall 2012 trend clash bash Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Libertine

From left to right: Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Libertine

 Clash Bash. Print mixing is truly an art form. And this fall it is going to be the most fun trend to play with. Based on the designers’ fall influence, anything goes! Whether you get the whole rainbow in your look or take three completely unrelated patterns and pair them together, you’ll definitely be turning heads. So here are a couple rules when trying this out! Choose an overall color palette and try to keep some related colors in each print. Animal prints act as neutrals so you can try those out with any other bold colored patterns. Also when choosing your prints make sure that each print is a different scale: one big, one medium and one small. And lastly, you can’t pull this off without confidence. So rock it!

Fall 2012 Trend Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Nanette Lepore

From left to right: Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Nanette Lepore

Electric Daisy Carnival. Bold color has really taken a seat on the back burner this fall. While still relevant and sprinkled throughout fashion week very few designers devoted their whole collection to color. Diane Von Furstenburg was the first designer this week to have used color with such conviction and that was just two days ago! But for fall, bold color has made a turn for the psychedelic. Instead of going structured color-blocking like before designers are feeling much more creative with how they are putting it together, turning to their inspirational flower child of the 60s and giving her a modern day story. The result is a fun, colorful and wearable trend for the creative and eclectic.

Fall 2012 Trend Tibet nepal chic Libertine, Christian Cota, Altuzarra

From left to right: Libertine, Christian Cota, Altuzarra

Free Tibet. This trend I was holding onto since the middle of fashion week as it sparked my interest by being so fresh and new to me. I haven’t seen this trend theme touched upon in some time. Tibetan jewelry and fabrications have always inspired me personally and now the snowy hill style of the Himalayas has inspired designers as well. These eclectic looks give a new perspective on dressing for the cold of winter. Truly for the fashionista who likes to beat to her own style drum, mastering this trend is all about mixing in the right fabrications, fuzzy details, and lurex infused patterns. I for one will be first to rock this starting with the poncho dress.


Photo Credits (from left to right top to bottom)
Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

Wire Image/Andy Brooke
Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

Getty Images/ Neilson Barnard
Wire Image/ JP Yim

Getty Images/Neilson Barnard




  1. Jenny says:

    “Animal prints act as neutrals.” I never really thought of it that way, but you’re right. I’ve even used them in that way and never noticed.

    Love the Tibetan tribute, btw.

    1. Laurie Brucker says:

      Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for your comment! It’s so true about leopard neutrals! I bet you will wear them with new gusto from now on! Happy Styling! xo ~Laurie

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