Baby, It’s Cold Outside

December 16, 2007 • Magazine

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Sun, 2007-12-16 07:00

Andra Naylor

How to stay fashionably inspired during the big chill.

I’m a warm-weather girl. Which means I got sick of Chicago’s cold temperatures about a week ago. Sure, I’m still loving pairing opaque tights with my boot collection, but I’m needing a pick-me up already. Lucky for me, designers have just begun releasing their pre-fall collections. While many in the industry find fashion’s two seasons ahead cycle purely crazy, I look at it as a welcome style forecast.

There’s still a good four months of cold weather ahead for many northernly located fashionistas, so I thought it would be beneficial to take a peak at the trends that will hit the racks next time it gets cold. This way you can get a head start on what to keep, what to put away for now and what to continue snapping up for right now. It’s a great way to stay fresh and not get worn out by the cold weather.

When in London…
Especially inspiring was Karl Lagerfeld’s pre-fall line for Chanel, which was previewed during a lavish two-day party in London. Featuring a British edginess, Lagerfeld showed spectacularly layered looks that played with volume, proportion and fabrics. This season, I’ll follow Chanel’s cue and look for rough edges, cashmere knits and chiffon details, and hopefully, find the right way to throw it all together.

Right here, right now: Pair a V-neck knit top or a sweater vest with a ’70s-inspired tie-neck chiffon blouse.

Warming Trend
Alessandra Facchinetti’ s first collection for Valentino made me feel warm and fuzzy with her lovely executions of stylish outerwear, namely the modern jackets with feminine pouf sleeves. It’s encouraging to see that the focus on the sleeve will still be apparent next fall, and I can keep my eyes open for dramatic, bell-shaped sleeves.

Right here, right now: Sweetface cropped jacket at ($208.60)

Light as Snow
While it’s no surprise that dark, inky colors dominated the pre-fall collections, I was delighted to see Narciso Rodriguez‘ light, snowbunny colors of white, silver-grey and muted lilac. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find something similarly optimistic this season to lighten my sombre winter palette.

Right here, right now: Club Monaco sequin shift dress at ($349)

Ice Queen
Carolina Herrera focused on mixable pieces that created stylish balance when assembled. My favorite look consists of black narrow pants, a white feather-decorated top and a long black cardigan. The outfit is completely wearable and very sophisticated without exuding a chilly attitude. I’m definitely going to snap up refined cardigans and remind myself that you can’t go wrong with black and white.

Right here, right now: Eva Franco feather silk jersey sheath dress at ($390)

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