If only I had decent eyebrows. Because bold brows are still making an impact this season.
While bold can sometimes come across as hard, makeup artist Diane Kendal went for a slightly more arched look for Carolina Herrera, making them more feminine. Paired with pinkish-purple stained lips (which Kendal created by swiping on M.A.C. Lipstick in Boysenberry and blotting it away), it can be quite sophisticated.
Another definite do this fall are eyes done up in gray/brown colors for an easy daytime smoky eye.
Photo from Allure
Fall is in the hair. Can you feel it?
Speaking of, fall is all about low maintenance. Thank goodness. From loose, textured waves and perfectly centered parts to a plethora of pony tails, twists and braids, and 60s inspired styles. I especially love these looks by Burberry Prorsum, Fendi and Diane von Furstenberg.
I do believe bed head and 3rd day hair will be right on trend.
Photos from Harper's BAZAAR
Downsizing can be good.
Especially if it involves stellar pieces of jewelry. Enter: J.Crew.
I cannot say enough about this Wishbone Cuff in Russian gold plating. First and foremost, it fits my tiny wrist! Typically, open-ended cuffs do not work for my wrist. They tend to fall right off. However, this is styled so perfectly for small wrists. I might just have to buy a second one for when I wear this one out.
With minimal jewelry hitting the scene this season, finding the perfect mix is essential. Between this cuff, the hinged choker (I wear it backwards) and the ID ring, I am set from J.Crew. Of course, I have added a few other amazing simplicities for fall. But this cuff happens to be my favorite.
Here's to minimalism!
As summer comes to an end and we look forward to fall, New York Fashion Week is in full swing — for spring!
Always a season or two ahead. However, we can enjoy the here and now, incorporating what's to come.
One thing I have certainly enjoyed over the last few weeks is minimal jewelry. You may find it hard to believe that I've traded my wrist stacks for one simple bracelet. Brilliant bracelet, albeit.
Change is liberating. And as I share with my clients, it's what keeps things interesting. So, off you go to explore new style habits. Make an attempt to step out of your comfort zone this week. Hmmm, I feel another style challenge coming your way for summer's end.
Photo by Shaun Alexander
Fall, come on in! We are expecting you.
If I had to pick just three concepts to summarize what this upcoming season is all about, it would be: beyond basics, volume exploration and fantabulous fur. And boy am I excited!
Starting with color, we will continue to see pink, in clothing and accessories, such as handbags. Red, specifically oxblood, is at the forefront. Blues, greens and earth tones share the scene. And the infamous black and white duo are still going strong.
The vibe of the season is two-toned — relaxed sophistication. Prints take a backseat to solids. Among the typical fabrics for fall, there is no denying the attraction to leather and fur. And embellished goodness graces the department stores.
Pants gain volume, both by way of a high waist and wide leg for a loose fit. Jumpsuits become a ‘want to wear’ situation, the best styles by Thakoon Addition and Veronica Beard. Hem lengths vary from shin sweeping to short. More pleats are present this season, as are flirty skirts and dresses worn with thigh high boots. And the return of the sweater.
Interesting side cut-aways, as seen by Opening Ceremony and Theory, allow for playful proportions. Go for length in layers — cropped sweaters over super long tops and blouses. Billowy sleeves are ever present this fall, and a few cropped trapezoid shapes (Sally LaPointe). Cropped and shorter length jackets are great for visual interest, as are sweaters around the waist and neck. However, proceed with caution with regard to voluminous-atop-voluminous garments.
This season, a huge emphasis is put on outerwear. While some cuts are still boxy, the most prevalent is the fit and flare, as seen at Celine. Anything fur (bold color, animal print, colorblock) or shearling is a winner. Double-face wool-felt or cashmere wrap coats are also great additions.
Shoes go flat, yet again this season, from ballet to sneakers. And no surprise that boots trump everything. If you want a stiletto version, cutout boot styles are aplenty. Handbags go back to streamlined shapes in luxe material. Jewelry takes note from the theme of the season and presents minimal beauties.
This is the season to welcome a few quality pieces into your wardrobe. And definitely include shoes and handbags!
Featured designers: Opening Ceremony, Carolina Herrera, Thakoon Addition, Marissa Webb, Victoria Beckham, Temperley London, Clover Canyon, Jenny Packham, Salvatore Ferragamo, Givenchy, Celine, Celine, Carven, Alexander Wang, Erdem, Dolce and Gabbana, Lanvin, Celine, Salvatore Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo and Mango.