What To Buy Now To Be A Style-Maker In The Fall
Another New York Fall Fashion Week has come and gone. It was the last at the Bryant Park tents, brought shock and sadness with the news of Alexander McQueen’s death, yet still managed to inspire and re-energize the fashion community. The good news is that there’s something for everyone – from preppy to boho, minimal to embellished or sharp suiting to ladylike, you’ll find something new you love.
If you’re like me, you probably find it hard to think about fall when it’s not even spring yet. I’ll help you pare down the best of the shows and understand what to buy now that will bring you through the seasons of 2010.
It’s no surprise to see designers exploring a gray palette for fall, but this year we saw it give way to other rich neutrals like beige tones and camel colors. This was executed best in short dresses with sculpted folds a la Lela Rose and Halston. If you’re looking for more color, there were plenty of pops of red (Monique Lhuillier), blue (Carolina Herrera) and mustard yellow with violet (Chris Benz), but my favorite hue was an intense orange shown by Erin Fetherston and Narciso Rodriguez. Tip: The nudes you’ll see in store for spring will transition seamlessly into fall.
I was happy to see sweater dressing still on trend, especially the layered looks that combined cable, popcorn and chunky knits effortlessly piled on top of each other. Diane von Furstenburg did this especially well with an oversized nubby cardigan over a belted wool shell and silk skirt. Rodarte knitwear also charmed us with crochet hook and yarn fringe effects. Also look to Rebecca Taylor and Rag & Bone for more sweater dressing ideas. Tip: Buy lighter weight knits like cashmere and mohair – and pile them on for fall.
One of the most exciting trends was the abundance of embellishment. Whether it was layered feathers (Alice + Olivia), a pearl encrusted gown (Rachel Roy) or a subtle surface treatment (Behnaz Sarafpour), designers didn’t hold back on adding that little something extra. Always ultra-luxe, Carolina Herrera showed a glittering cocktail in shades of blue, while Adam wowed us with dresses finished with sequin embroidery. Tip: Woven crystals, chiffon rosettes and petal details are very in for spring. Scoop these up now and be a style-setter come fall.
Outside of branching into more color, the best way to liven up your wardrobe is with fun prints. There will be plenty of them this fall, regardless of the inspiration. You can always count on Erin Fetherston for fun and whimsical, and her bird on branch motif didn’t let us down. Either did Thakoon, who featured a blurred animal print that added just the right amount of edge. Tip: Experiment with prints in small doses now (like on purses and scarves) so you’re ready to go all the way in the fall.
Also big on the runway: your choice of ladylike or menswear inspired suiting (see Michael Kors‘ sharp pantsuits), minimalism (like Max Azria‘s jersey frocks) and even a little retro (Marc Jacobs).
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