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Fall Fashion Trends
By Gwen Marder, FOX News Fashion Director
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Fall Fashion

With the kids heading back to school and the chilly weather on the way, fall fashion is ready to come back in full effect. 

During Fall Fashion Week this year, the clothing and trends were especially festive.While the trends were diverse and fresh, FOXNews.com's style experts have you covered and are here to help sift through all the fabulous looks you'll need for the coming months.

Some of the key must-have items for the fall fashionista include the following:

Leather biker jackets; over-the knee boots; lean leg pants; leggings in leather, leopard or sequins for night looks; sheath dresses for day; jackets with shaped shoulders; faux fur vest; neon accessories; fun hats; scarves for indoor looks and chunky booties.

Take a look through our slideshow to get more ideas for the top trends for fall.

(Photo: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Strong_Shoulder1

This wider shoulder was interpreted in all manner of clothing classifications, from jackets to coats to dresses to tops. Not to worry, we are not yet at the point of Alexis Carrington shoulders from Dynasty.

(Photo: Zac Posen Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Strong Shoulders

“[The trend] gives you a sense of presence, a little bit of power” said Michael Kors of his jackets.

(Photo: Michael Kors Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Strong_Shoulder

This wider shoulder was interpreted in all manner of clothing classifications, from jackets to coats to dresses to tops. Not to worry, we are not yet at the point of Alexis Carrington shoulders from Dynasty.

(Photo: 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Asymmetrical

Cold Shoulders: Last season’s asymmetrical trend, the one shoulder look that was made so popular by Michelle Obama’s, inaugural ball dress, continues into next winter.

(Photo: Nicole Miller Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Asymmetrical

Last season’s asymmetrical trend, the one shoulder look that was made so popular by Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball dress, continues into next winter. The asymmetry does not only stop with the uneven shoulders, but is evidenced in skirt hems, dress slits, neck line treatments and fabric manipulation.

(Photo: Michael Kors Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Shine1

Let it Shine: Any fabric that remotely shines was used on day and evening wear. Metallics, iridescence, sequence, lurex threads, Patent leather, silver, bronze, gold lame, taffeta, shiny silks, these elements infused a bolt of lightening to most of the clothes marching down the runway and woke up the senses.

(Photo:  Andy and Debb Fall 2009 Collection -- Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Shine

The reflective elements added a bit of pizzazz to collections and gave clothes a sensual shimmer.

(Photo: Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Scarves

Hats and Scarves: Whimsical hats and scarves around the neck were used to give dramatic accents that added sense of humor to collections to fall 2009 that is promising to be a challenging retail climate.

(Photo: Ralph Lauren 2009 Fall Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Hat

Hats, like this one seen at the Erin Fetherston show, can add a statement to your look and take some of the seriousness out of this season's fashion.

(Photo: Erin Fetherston Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Neon1

Day Glow and Neon: “In these hard economic times, the customer responds to color” says Ken Downning, Fashion Director of Nieman Marcus. 

(Photo: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Neon

The blacks, charcoals, teals and purples used in collections were given an energy infusion with strong, traffic stopping, neon oranges, hot pinks, kiwi, and reds. Michael Kors exclaimed, “These neon’s are my flowers in the winter”

(Photo: Michael Kors Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Lean_Leg1

Backsides at the Forefront: The skin tight pant is back with a vengeance. The narrow pant and the legging is the must have of the season. These ubiquitous leggings came in a plethora of colors and fabrications. They were seen in leopard print, gold lame, sequined, and in leather.

(Photo: Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Lean_Leg

Lean-leg pants will update everyone's wardrobe this fall. 

"They make a great substitute for jeans," said Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist and star of "The Rachel Zoe Project." "If your derriere is not your best feature, these leggings can be worn with the longer, cozy knits that were offered by many designers.

(Photo: Carolina Herrera Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Fur1

The Fur Thing: Real or fake, fur was a major player. There was no shortage in the variety of oversized jackets, coats, shrugs, stoles and hats.

(Photo: Ralph Lauren Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Fur

This season, fur vests were used to warm up slinky dresses.  At some shows fur was used as a collar on a jacket or as cuffs on a dress.  Love it or hate it, you will see it in all stores.

(Photo: 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Cape1

The Caped Crusader: Capes were making the rounds at many shows. These cocoon shapes seemed to offer a kind of protection a feeling of security.

(Photo: Ralph Lauren Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Cape

Seen on the runways were caped coats and jackets, caplets over dress, caped shoulder tops over skirts. 

(Photo: Zac Posen Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Biker1

Biker Chic: Leather, absent from the runway for many seasons, made a big comeback. Of course the staring role went to the “motorcycle jacket”, with the leather legging being the co-star. Leather was not only for the down-town biker girl but made its way uptown, for those ladies that lunch. The most beautiful luxe buttery skins showed up as little black dresses. Leather vests trimmed in fur and leather outerwear pieces were treated with elegance and femininity.

(Photo: Miss Sixty Fall 2009 Collection - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week)

Fall Fashion Trends

By Gwen Marder, FOX News Fashion Director

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