It’s that time of year again, the leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping, and the smell of fall is in the air. Okay, well maybe not since here in Raleigh, North Carolina it is still in the 90’s! But luckily, air-conditioned stores are still on board with the fall trends that waltzed down the runway this year.
One thing that I am pretty successful at is online shopping – most of the time “browser shopping” aka just looking! Most of the time, however, the fun of shopping comes when you can find a bargain on a piece that is just like the designer pieces that are featured in all the magazines. Style.com is one of the best websites to get ideas for fashion looks. So, it isn’t to surprising that at the beginning of the fall season I turned to Style.com’s Fashion Reports for the hottest trends.
And, here are a few of my favorite for the fall season.
\\Fifties Something// Cleavage made a, um, big comeback on the fall runways, with hourglass silhouettes front and center. Nina Ricci’s combo of bustier and curve hugging, below-the-knee pencil skirt had a retro 1950’s twist, as did the made-for-Christina Hendricks dresses at Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana. At Prada, meanwhile, Lara Stone and co. made the case that curvy catwalkers should be more than just a novelty.
\\Fur Real (Faux, Too)// The Fall runway shows wrapped up without a single documented PETA-sponsored prank. Ironic, considering how many pelts decorated the catwalks. They came patchworked at Fendi and Acne, positively ferocious at Lanvin, and in the form of an ultra-plush peacoat at Burberry Prorsum. But leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to have the last laugh. At Chanel, everything from the house’s classic tweeds and quilted, chain-strap bags to yeti boots was trimmed in fur—faux fur, that is.
\\Hue New// The way to wear color this fall: head to toe, believe it or not. Tomas Maier sleekly paired a rosy blouse with red leather trousers, while Tory Burch showed an orange sweater and skirt with matching lipstick and leggings. On the cooler end: Oscar de la Renta’s blue tweed suit with coordinating checkered tights, and a bodacious, bright purple frock and leggings combo at Mark Fast. Turns out “matchy-matchy” is now a compliment.
\\Man Up// There’s a running joke that people join the fashion industry because they can’t cope with corporate dress codes. Well, the laugh is on us this season. Menswear-inspired suiting and outerwear are key looks—and the smartest way to carry the minimalist trend forward. Celine’s Phoebe Philo made a convincing argument for cropped, ankle-flaring trousers, and even Alexander Wang did a tailored wool jacket, albeit with an exposed midriff that might get you canned on Wall Street.
After going through the trend report I just keep thinking about all the possible combinations that could be combined for the ULTIMATE FALL OUTFIT. So, here is the challenge I have put before myself…create an amazing outfit that represents the fall fashions seen at fashion week on a reasonable BUDGET.
This may be a struggle, but here…we…go!
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