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Fashion Trends :: What to Wear?

Fashion Trends :: What to Wear?

Packing for Vegas. Pffft! It’s not that I don’t know how to, I have that part down to a science, it’s over packing that is the bane of my existence. This weekend is The Trend Tribe’s famed Influencer Weekend, with 4-dinners, 3-cocktail parties, 1-gifting suite, 1-conference, 1-spa retreat, 2-shows and a few surprises, but only one trusty LV Keepall to fit 48 hours of fashion trends! Le sigh.

What to do? What to do?

Faced with this dilemma, I do what any savvy Trendsetter would do!  I need to be smart + versatile, so I head directly to the Neiman Marcus bible and pack head-to-toe fashion trends according to the holy words of #KensTrends. Yes, his hashtag is gospel.

Here are my top picks for my favorite Fall 2012 fashion trends.

2012 Fall Trends The Trend Tribe

THE SMOKING SLIPPER :: Ahhh. My prayers are answered. Carlton would be proud. This season, I am loving Hadleigh’s Audrey Smoking Loafer, but if you’re looking to add  pop of WOW! check out Alexander McQueen Skull Velvet Loafer. House of Harlow also has a fantastic skull slipper as well.

THE HIGH IMPACT HANDBAG :: One word :: STELLA. OK, maybe two :: Zoe. The winning picks for my favorite statement handbags are the Stella McCartney Fold-Over Falabella Tote Bag, Pewter and the Rachel Zoe Calf-Hair Clutch Bag (deciding between the print or solid black is like Sophie’s Choice, I can’t do it.) Both of these bags make butterflies flutter in my tummy. Truth. Right hand on the Bible, it’s safe to say when I visit Neiman Marcus I actually stalk these bags. 

THE FALL FACE :: You are never fully dressed without a signature scent and lip gloss, and no one knows how to make a woman feel seksi better than Mr. Tom Ford. If there is a Heaven, it smells like Ombre de Hyacinth and everyone has Tom Ford Beauty Ultra Shine Lip Gloss, Naivete lips. I first saw this shade on Sarah Howard’s brilliant, Beauty Banter, and fell in love with her piece on Tom Ford. Don’t miss it! It’s a fabulous feature!

THE JACKET :: My favorite essential styles are the Neiman Marcus Leather Motorcycle Jacket and a fabulous, well fitting color block tuxedo like the 10 Crosby Derek Lam Metallic Shawl-Collar Jacket. The Neiman Marcus biker jacket has been a staple in my wardrobe for years. I cannot recommend this piece more. I absolutely worship it. The Derek Lam tuxedo jacket? Gorj.

THE LEATHER LEG Have you seen Alice + Olivia Leather Leggings? Oh. My. Goodness. There are few things in life that can make you feel this strong, powerful and sexy, yet super feminine. Own it. Seriously, wear these and watch your world change. They have super powers and not for the meek.

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS Menswear tailored with a twist to give that feminine silhouette. This is pretty much my everyday uniform. Where what you want, just make sure you add a fantastic handbag, some brooches, a fierce red lip and amazing jacket! 

The Mod + The Punk Rocker

Welcome to Quadrophenia. Another fashion trends I embrace with open arms are the British Invasion + rock and roll studs adorning everything from shoes to jackets, to bracelets. It’s as if the punk rock and Mad Men universes are colliding. Give me leather, give me studs, and give me plaid with a sophisticated twist and I am doing David Lee Roth kicks!  I’ve been owning and adding touches of those rockstar trends for ages, so now that I am legit and these pieces were already staples in my closet makes this Trendsetter very, very pleased. God Save The Queen!

Oh! And has anyone besides moi been seen weeping sobbing with happiness for Valentino’s boots this season? To. Die. For. No really. I would stop breathing and take on the “1-2-3 clear!” paddles for a pair.

Some of my other must-have, go-to  fashion trend necessities that this Trendsetter could not live without: Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses & Santal Blush, my Gucci scarf with EVERYTHING, the perfect black Neiman Marcus cashmere long sleeve, and my favorite Junk Food t-shirt…NO BACKSTAGE PASSES. Does that have ‘Nicole’ written all over it or what? And #KenTrends also tells us to mix our greens! So we’re throwing in a Happy Shopper from Zac Posen that we love! And the brooches. Must remember a brooch! ‘One for newness, and many to create drama.’


While we are at it, I’m going to toss in a few of my favorite beauty trends. Since the beginning of time I’ve been known for my black satin nails, but this season I’m switching it up with Chanel Le Vernis in Graphite or Vertigo and using without fail, Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream and Le Mer’s Eye Concentrate (not shown.) Both products surprised me with immediate results. And I mean IMMEDIATE.

Let’s recap.

I’m seriously thrilled with the 2012 Fall Trends. Combining no holds barred attitude and mix+match patterns and fabrics, packing for Vegas will  be a cinch. More is more this season and I’m ready. The Trend Tribe is working very close with Neiman Marcus for next week’s Influencer Weekend October 12th – 14th, so make sure to follow us in real time using #TTTVegas on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook where you will keep up with the lives of true Trendsetters  as they experience the best that Vegas has to offer!

If you would like to add your name to The Trend Tribe’s Influencer Weekend wait list or sign-up for future Influencer events, visit 

 But before I do anything, I’m off to Neiman Marcus Fashion Island to grab a few things!

– Nicole

A NJ transplant living in SoCal, Nicole Standley, digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley

Disclosure: On occasion, contributors of The Trend Tribe receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence the contributor’s point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the reviewers experience. The opinions are their own. Photos credits: Neiman Marcus, Junk Food Clothing and Kinerase.
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Founder + Editor-In-Chief, Nicole is a NJ transplant living in SoCal, who digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley


  1. That purse! I want it.

    I own those skull loafers, but I have to say I’m a little timid to wear them. My kids love skulls and went crazy when they saw them and that was the reason I made such a hasty purchase. Then I realized I have no idea what kind of outfit one wears with a skull loafer!

    • Hi Jamie, thanks for stopping by! I know, handbag is to die for. This seasons trends are fantastic because you can wear those slippers with almost anything!

  2. I really like all the flats and the low-heeled boots you have featured here. High heels may look great but they’re kilers for a lot of our poor feet!

    • I love heels, but I’m all about giving my feet the season off!

  3. I’m heading to Vegas this weekend for a conference & I wish my bag was filled with as stylish items as yours. ^_^ I love the fall trends listed!

    • Hi Trina, just stick with the major points listed and you’ll be stylin’ + profilin’! Fashion is all about fun, so work it!

  4. I’ve always loved anything with that “borrowed from the boys” look and I’ll throw in a nice, leopard smoking slipper too 🙂

    • Agreed. It doesn’t matter what the trends are…I’ll be borrowing from the boys for seasons to come!

  5. Yes. To all of it. Those clutches would be perfect for Vegas! Thank goodness I have one more preschool session before we leave. It should be just enough time to run over to Neiman Marcus. And I think those smoking slippers would be just perfect for every single day of my life. Great finds Nicole!

    • I can’t wait for Vegas!!! I’m more than happy to meet you over at Fashion Island whenever you want!

  6. Love the leather leg, I got them last week and can’t wait to wear them!

    • Nothing better than great leather pants! Rock those babies!!

  7. love, love, love that black bag!!! and those boots!!!

    • Hi Natalie, believe it or not that bag is actually bright green! It’s hot. And once again, Valentino designed incredible footwear for this season. I’m obsessed.

  8. I want the Vertigo nail polish!

    • It’s heavenly! Wait until you see the shades coming out around the holidays!

  9. I want every single handbag and clutch that you have on here. I’m coveting the green one badly!

    • Isn’t it TO DIE FOR? Santa, I’ve been a very naughty girl…

  10. I don’t even know where to start. The motorcycle jacket is off the charts, cut totally sexy and for a woman! Love. I’m so stoked greens are on trend for Fall. I love wearing green, or at least pops of it. And that Junk Food Tee. Must.Have.

    • I didn’t know you liked green! That’s awesome. You are so cool!!!

  11. I LOVE…no COVET…those boots!!! Add those to my Xmas list!

    • You have no idea. I actually go and visit them. I’m not kidding. I sit and spend time with them.


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