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.
It took me far too long to post this forecast for spring. Shopping with clients has taken precedence. However, I have given you glimpses over the past several months. Now we can dive into what the season has to offer.
Let's talk color. This season, the black and white dynamic duo continue on. Pink is huge (and all the way into fall). Red, coral and orange make an appearance. And the typical pastels are present. Metallic makes a comeback in clothing and accessories.
Prints come in the form of artistic and tropical. As for overall vibe of the season, it's definitely relaxed. In fact, pants shy away from skinny into a straight meets boyfriend cut (and even wide leg). Jumpsuits are not going away. And know that they become more relatable into fall. Much to my satisfaction, overalls have hit the big time. It must be the memories associated with overalls that account for my love of them (trust me, they are cooler now). Athletic styles mix nicely this season, bringing popularity back to the shirt dress.
Crops, crops and more crop tops. The midriff has been around, but it is now mainstream. The easiest pairing to try on this trend with is high-waisted skirts, pants or shorts (or overalls). Jackets gain momentum and cuts go angular. And speaking of toppers, sophisticated bomber jackets take the place of cardigans.
Fabrics include leather (especially perforated ... and in accessories, too), mesh, lace, denim-on-denim and crisp cotton.
As for accessories, shoes make a jump into sexy this spring. Stilettos trump platforms and caged booties are back. Wedges are still around, however, news flash β€” flats are the deal! In fact, sandals, sassy flats and sporty sneakers take over completely. Top handle handbags are the new go to, including dark in color (i.e., black). And fringe handbags, as well as backpacks, get noticed. Jewelry goes layered in fun ways. Nails are showcased in metallic to pastel colors and in designs such as fancy stripes and moons. Chopped locks and major curl are two hair style themes you will notice all around you. And this is the year for lips β€” in pink, of course.
When in doubt of trends, trust your gut. But know that a little risk brings a lot of excitement into your life. Even if it's only for a day.
Featured designers: Rebecca Taylor, Alexander Wang, Sachin + Babi, Altuzarra, Isabel Marant, Rachel Zoe, MSGM, Vionnet, Miu Miu, Lilly Barbato, Isabel Marant, Matt Bernson, Gucci and Roberto Cavali.
Most definitely, this is the best season of the year (my opinion, of course). This year, in particular, there is much to embrace. The themes — man detail, boxed out, punked, moto madness, schoolgirl — may need a few asterisks beside them, but you'll know what feels right and what doesn't work. Personally, I am not a fan of the oversized mens-inspired coats, yet I love the FW13 loafer or lace-up shoe. Big sweaters are a yes, but only if you can be found somewhere underneath. Punk doesn't have to be so obvious. Biker pants are major and moto jackets can be revived from seasons past (please don't wear together).
Cuts are all over the place. In a good way. Body con, pencil, A-line, flouncy, billowy, geometric. All super fabulous.
Divine black. Granted, the high contrast duo of black and white continues from spring to fall. However, black is drenched in deep, rich goodness that suddenly feels sexy. I cannot get enough. This is an area to explore beyond your normal approach.
I love the basic, yet dynamic, colors of the season. Blues, purples and reds are mainstream. And making a little bit of a splash is pink, as in grapefruit. It's sweet, and plays nicely with the bolder hues.
Detail is king this fall. Yummy fabrics such as leather, fur, suede, tweed, flannel and lace take center stage. In addition, embossing and laser cuts provide intricate styling. Wide and/or embellished belts make a comeback. Prints are subtly beautiful.
The season of the skirt! There are many takes on this particular trend. From ladylike to collegiate to chic and flirty. There is no denying its power. Paired with boots, loafers or heels, you can't go wrong. Time to dive back into your closet to rediscover those fun skirts.
It's not just me, obsessed with the white fur coat. Many designers showcased their version on the runway, making me happy to see such a plethora of options this year. I am loving the black/white combos, especially. But you can never go wrong with all white or off white.
With regard to accessories, jewelry is big around the neck (and in chains) and minimal around the wrist. Handbags are softly structured, with top handles, and mini-fied. Shoes go from the man flat to smashing heels to mini boots, and the return of the OTK boot. Details are studded (Valentino) and caged (Alexander McQueen). Oxblood and metallic nails are a big hit.
Makeup ranges from bold to creatively soft. And hair goes low pony, slicked back, long angled bangs, fancy-back updos, super straight and all undone.
Is your head spinning? No worries, you've got this!
And if you don't, call me.
Next to enter the scene are the gorgeous light to medium depth colors from Pantone. Neons dissipate, thank goodness. Though you will still find bright orange piping in many garments and accessories. I am immediately drawn to the Fendi combo of nectarine and lemon zest!
Spring's shapes range from structured with relaxed elements to fluid, angled cuts. The Bermuda short goes viral and denim cutoff shorts strike it rich. Details are never understated. In fact, the more intricate, the better. Accessories keep on keeping on, with beautiful structured handbags. The tote being the biggest show stopper. Shoes continue from ladylike to wedge to spring boots with a roman flair. Jewelry begins and ends in gold, with white enamel giving gold a run for its money.
If you're looking to push yourself this spring, start by emulating these everyday looks below, inspiration courtesy of Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors, Valentino and DSquared. Yes, they involve a little risk. But if tailored to your personal style, you just may be able to pull off your own interpretation.
Beauty goes in many directions this season — bold eyeliner, lush lashes, bushy brows, bright matte lips and glowful skin. And hair rides the spectrum with braids, messy buns, low ponies, triangle parts, slick rick and fab blow outs.
So get going! Time to get your spring on whether the weather wants you to or not.
Designers featured above: 1-Alexander Wang, Chanel, Versace, Dries Van Noten, Dolce and Gabbana. 2-Robert Cavalli, Marni, Chanel, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler. 3-Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors, Valentino, DSquared. 4-Lanvin, Gaultier, Bottega Veneta, Missoni.
Speaking of more. More is definitely more when it comes accessorizing. Though, it takes a clever hand to get just the right balance. Hats, neckwear, boldly dyed furs. Fabulous ways to complete a look. This season, playing with fashion gets downright fun!
While I've never been one to shy away from wearing dresses over pants, the concept has gained acceptance this fall. And pants get personal. Pick your poison — tailored trousers; cropped, colorful little numbers; straight and skinny cuts in leather and tweed; and seducing prints. The pant gets brave and gets noticed.
Back by popular demand (from spring) is the collar. You will see collared shirts and dresses everywhere. Chances are, you still have many a collar in your closet already. Time to whip 'em back out!
Luxe fabrics and textures enter the scene. Tweed becomes the show stopper. Leather and velvet continue on, but in ways that seem ever so fresh. And digital prints take over.
Of all the must have items of the season, the jacket is the deal. The "it" item. And how great is that? It's versatile. It provides warmth. It adds instant character. And in many cases, it makes the outfit. Cardigans aren't going anywhere. However, jackets will give them a run for their money.
The colors of the season are delicious! The palette includes purple, plum, fuchsia, red, jade, navy, royal blue and turquoise. These lovely jewel tones complement most skin tones.
You will still find orange and yellow from spring's color palette, in addition to a few pastels. New to the scene — hints of copper.
Hair goes from brushed out waves to twisted tendrils. And bring in the decorations! Hair pieces get all the attention this season. While lips continue to add spice — from deep red to mulberry — cheeks goes flush. And oh, those eyes! Multi-toned color, smoky cat eyes and stunning architectural designs. Plenty of opportunity to express thy face.
As for accessories, shoes take the cake in the personality category. The mid-calf boot continues to make traction. Really, you can't go wrong with just about any length boot in my book. Don't forget about those instant insulators — plush scarves! Yummy soft fabrics combined with playful designs adds serious and smart style. Handbags go simple with extravagant materials and on the structured side. Jewelry, one word —ornatious (ornate and bodacious)! And lots of it, baby.
Designers featured above in first two photo collages: Marc Jacobs, House of Holland, Balmain, Rag & Bone, Rag & Bone, Dennis Basso, Celine, Prabal Gurung and Diesel Black Gold.