Fresh Trend: Opaque and Sheer from Fall 2012 Runways

Harper’s Bazaar stylist Christine Centenera

Perhaps it’s my love of bold contrast or sophistication with a punk influence, but this year’s Fall Ready-to-wear runway shows have been incredibly intriguing with the mix of opaque and sheer fabrics. Leather has been a huge part of the transitional Winter to Spring fashion this 2012. It has been a material used in everything from tops, to jewelry, to skirts. But this Fall, designers seem to have taken it a step further.

Earlier this week I came across this image of Harper’s Bazaar stylist Christine Centenera and was blown away by her incredibly sexy, sophisticated, and bold outfit. Ever since, the contrast of a sheer blouse with leather pants has been stuck in the back of my mind and was then remembered when I went through the latest collections of Reem Acra and Theyskens’ Theory. For Reem, the contrast represents an inherent contrast in the female spirit: both soft and bold. In my opinion this take on femininity is exactly what I tend to express at the Vanguard blog and am thrilled that powerful women in the design industries share my point of view.

Here are a few of the best examples from both collections, as well as a round-up of incredible leather and sheer pieces available at our favorite e-commerce sites.

Reem Acra Fall 2012 Ready-to-wear

Reem Acra Fall 2012 Ready-to-wear

Theyskens’ Theory Fall 2012 Ready-to-wear

Theyskens’ Theory Fall 2012 Ready-to-wear

1. Satin and Lace Soft Triangle Bra: $68.50; Cosabella| 2. Open Weave Cotton Top by Isabel Marant: $260; NET-A-PORTER| 3. Chiffon Twisted Shirt: $37; Mikkat Market | 4. Skinny Leather Pants by Sara Berman: $280; The Outnet| 5. High Waist Faux Leather Shorts: $35; Mikkat Market| 6. Stud-Detailed Leather Shorts by Sara Berman: $81; The Outnet| 7. Hardy Belted Crepe Dress by A.L.C.: $235; The Outnet

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