Fall 2012's fashion must-haves

Leather (real or faux) amps up a look,

Leather (real or faux) amps up a look, and needn't break the bank. Bernardo's leather moto jacket with gray hood, $98; at Lord & Taylor stores and lordandtaylor.com. (Credit: Handout)

Fall won't just be about layering up -- but dressing up, if designers get their way.

This autumn's wardrobe goes long on luxe, whether we're talking fabric (velvets, brocade), silhouette (full, fluid) or color (let's just say swimming phenom Missy Franklin and those Olympic gymnasts won't be the only gals wearing gold this year).

"People are wanting a touch of luxury, something that feels special," says Colleen Sherin, senior fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Tops on her list for fall are rich brocades and menswear that's not mannish (Glen plaids and houndstooth adorning "sheath dresses, a nipped-in jacket or wide fluid trousers," she suggests).

Over at Lord & Taylor, must-haves include oversize gold watches (an easy way to adopt the shine trend) and colorful moto jackets, says Suzanne Timmins, senior VP and fashion director for Hudson's Bay Co., which acquired L&T earlier this year.

Macy's shoppers will find plenty of '70s influence and artisanal knits in soft off-whites and neutrals, shades borrowed from the winter sky, notes Macy's fashion director Nicole Fischelis.

At Bloomingdale's, fashion director Stephanie Solomon has her eye on leather (the more colorful, the better), over-the-top toppers (coats that grab your attention) and deep, rich tones -- oxblood, emerald, sapphire -- reminiscent of stained glass.

"Whatever you invest in," says Sherin, "you'll want to enjoy it for a long time -- and make a real statement."

Eager to shop but sick of trying things on?

Check out "Swivel," new Try-On technology in a 3-D virtual dressing room at 20 Bloomingdale's stores across the country (including Roosevelt Field starting Sept. 6). Pick from a selection of fall fashions, and Swivel shows you "dressed" on HD flat screens. You can share your look on Facebook and Twitter -- now ALL your friends can weigh in. (Hey -- we warned you. . . . )

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