This fall’s fierce and assertive fashion trends promise to bring with them a supreme air of domination. It means the end of those hideous gaucho pants, Uggs will face a much-anticipated and merciless death and even sexiness will be put on the shelf until spring.

Angela Cesere
Rodo suede clutch with Swarovski crystal detailing. (Photos courtesy of www.net-a-porter.com)
Angela Cesere
Marc Jacobs multi-colored plaid wool coat.

This new look is undeniably bold. By borrowing stylistic intuitions from the ’80s – sans tuxedo tees and neon-plastic adornment – fashion is taking a drastic leap toward the adventurous.

The most striking shape this fall – it made brief appearances last spring – is an exaggerated “reverse-eggshell” shape, known in past decades as the mushroom. A ballooned mini with opaque tights is sure to be a favorite combination, but longer versions emphasizing the curves of the hips are no less impressive. Pair a skirt of this shape with a fitted top or tailored jacket to balance this bottom-heavy shape.

Veering in the opposite direction, the ever-classic Ralph Lauren style niche has finally reached the mainstream, only now it’s more heightened than ever. If it’s a sleeker silhouette you’re after, the commanding naval/military look is the optimal choice. Only the bayonet is missing from Anna Sui’s polychromatic, Napoleonesque costumes. Only the truly dauntless should attempt this dramatic look. Jean Paul Gaultier provides a softer, more modern approach to structured shoulders and brass-buttoned overcoats.

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