The month of August has an array of meanings to different people, but there is no question that in the fashion world, August marks the beginning of an exciting season of the hottest trends for the cool fall weather. The Short North Arts District is commonly known for its illustrious art scene and local restaurants, but its fashion-forward boutiques have given the District a prominent name on both a local and national level. Skip the Google search or trip to the store when seeking out what’s on the docket for fall fashion 2012; the Short North has you covered.

We recently sat down with both Brigade and rowe boutique to discuss what both men and women should be expecting for the inspiring season ahead.

“I love fashion, good design and really well made things,” Larry Robertson expressed when recently asked to briefly describe his style. As the manager of Brigade, Robertson has expertise in men’s fashion and has a lot to say about what to anticipate this fall, “Men can expect to see timeless pieces with a twist.” Robertson describes the Brigade shopper as someone who is detail oriented, has a developed sense of style and knows what he likes; if he doesn’t, he’s figuring it out. The guy that shops with us not only believes in seeking unique items but believes in finding them locally right here in the Arts District.

GQ just recently released a “GQ Guide to Denim” to serve as an aid for men when picking out the “perfect raw denim.” Although Brigade offers over 6 brands of raw denim for their clientele, A.P.C.’s seem to be the favorite. “As you break them in you really get the character out of them,” Robertson explained about raw denim, “You could wear them every other day or months on end, but the more you break them in, the more awesome they look.”

There will be a pop of colors this fall for men as well. However, as we have seen in season’s past, fall will remain a predominately muted color palette, especially for the Brigade man. Men can also expect well-made and tailored fabrics with dominant textures in tweed and wool. These quality items will last more than one season. Staple pieces for men this fall consist of oxfords, cardigans and denim and can be layered in with summer styles as we exit the warm weather.

As with the most successful fashion entities, “the idea with Brigade is to find things that you don’t really see around which allows you to have your own distinctiveness.”

Maren Roth the owner of rowe boutique, a contemporary women’s boutique, enlightened us on what women should be expecting in the fall. Rowe remains on the cutting edge of fashion, making national headlines in magazines such as Lucky where they testified to Roth’s excellent curatorial skills. One of the trends that rowe will be focusing on this fall will be menswear inspired looks. “We like to think of our customers as really strong, successful and confident women and I think a great blazer can make you feel that way” Roth adds. She has mastered providing this specific trend in an always-fresh and modern way for the rowe woman.

Some colors that women can expect to see will be deep tones such as burgundy, as well as jewel tones, and as always, “Black is again the new black.” Roth explains that maxi dresses are a huge transition piece that can be taken from the summer to fall this year. Women can layer their dresses with sweaters or even pair them with big scarves and a leather jacket.

Bergdorf Goodman’s website, one of fashion’s most admirable companies, provides a layout for their fall fashion preview, displaying textures consisting of brocade and crushed velvet which rowe will be carrying in store. Not only will there be interesting and tactile textures to select from, peplum silhouettes will be a dominant trend and rowe is expecting this for their “chic bohemian fashionista.”

Another dominant silhouette we will see this fall is the shift dress. According to Roth, “every woman should have a great fitting shift dress.” This particular look hails from the 1920’s with a no-waist definition and when worn right, can be suitable for all body shapes and sizes. “I recommend pairing a shift dress with a blazer for a conservative look or a leather jacket and booties for an out-on-the-town night,” says Roth.

In addition to cultivating the best denim selection for the rowe shopper, Roth has quickly cornered the market in a variety of eye catching and timeless jewelry that knows no season. From signature gold-leafed shaped earrings to unique statement necklaces, you can find the best in accessories exclusively at rowe this fall.

From the bohemian chic woman to the detail-oriented man, high fashion styling has been made attainable right here in your local Arts District this season and all year long.