Highlights for women over 40 from the Fall 2012 shows

by Sylvia

Prada 2012 Fall collection

Although the attention was firmly on the waist in many other collections for this Fall, Prada mixes things up by going for an empire waist which was seen throughout the collection. I’m loving the new silhuette shown here. Another characteristic of this collection were the ankle height pants. Not an easy look to pull of for many women, but this trend doesn’t seem to go away. Also note the dresses worn over pants, another favored look here at 40+Style!


Gucci’s collection was darkly glamorous. To me it had a romantic bohemian feel. It featured a lot of frills, leather and velvet, which I have seen in other collections for Fall, so that may become a Fall trend.

Gucci Fall  2012

Max Mara

Max Mara showed a lot of sailor and military looks and dresses that looked like pinafores (if that is the correct word). I think that would be a fun look to wear over a nice woven shirt as seen above. I’m still not tired of stripes either and Max Mara offered a lot of those!

Max Mara Fall 2012 collection


Fendi too featured leather in the collection but they mixed it with lots of other fabrics. So instead of pattern mixing we now get fabric mixing. This collection also featured lots of puff sleeves and a firm accent on the waist.

Fendi 2012 Fall Collection


I think I pinned almost the whole Sportmax collection to my pinboard as I loved almost all of it. I loved this purple-pink colour and the interesting designs of the dresses. I have always had a ‘thing’ for Japanese inspired fashion and this collection was inspired partly by the martial arts. It has great lines, fun details and a lovely lengthening silhuette.

Sportmax 2012 Fall collectin

An interpretation of Stella McCartney’s ‘slimming’ dress was also seen here various times and I love this blue / black interpretation. And how fun to combine these booties with these dresses.

Sportmax Fall Winter 2012 highlights

Burberry Prorsum

There was much to love about Burberry Prorsum’s playful collection as well. Busy skirts that fell just over the knee and military / marine influences, together with owl t-shirts peaking underneath the jackets. I’ve always been a fan of those military style jackets, so it suits me fine that several brands are re-introducing that. Burberry put a  firm accent on the waist and almost every outfit featured a waist belt. Velvet also featured in several designs as well as the peplum style.

Burberry Prorsum 2012 Fall collections

This concludes my wrap up for this week. All my favorites from the fashion shows can be viewed at my fall 2012 Pinboard. Also, congratulations to all Oscar winners! All my favorite dresses for this year are on my Oscars pinboard.

What did you spot that really took your fancy?


1 GreetjeKamminga

I really go for Sportmax, the Japanese style. The colour is no good for me, but the shape is. Also the peplum jackets and military jackets suit me very well and I like them. The Burberry skirts that you show is have a bit too many frills to my taste. Used to love this, but now I aim for more simple things. Puff sleeves are good for me as well, so I am quite content with the fall/ winter collections. What keeps puzzling me is a dress with no sleeves in orange/pink colours (Armani on your pinboard) for fall/winter. I would think spring/summer. For one thing it is cold.

2 Sylvia

I like simplicity too but always love a good drape. When only the skirt is ‘busy’ this can work quite well and still result in a ‘simple’ outfit. Designers make those dresses because many women (even in cold countries) were these dresses without sleeves in evening. Most countries are not as practical as Holland. Also it’s great for a market like Singapore where it’s warm year round. It’s really hard to find summer clothes in ‘winter’ here as all stores just stock the winter clothes….

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