Fall Fashion Trends

Fall Trends
Fall happens and we all break out our favorite finds from summer shopping. But if you are clever you will wait till Fall arrives to invest in some of the season’s hottest trends. For Fall 2012 we are in love with the flirty skirt. DKNY had quite a few in their Fall 2012 Collection and  now, if you catch it just right, they might just be on sale. Leather, jersey, tweed; any fabric flared at the hem puts a bounce in your step. Or you can shop during one of DKNY’s FEED Causes and feel good about freshening up your wardrobe. Suede is the name of the game in shoes. All summer the suede peep-toes softened summer evening dazzle and now, back with a vengeance for Fall, suede is everywhere. Try a little school-girl chic with lace up Prada booties. The season’s MUST HAVE accessory is the Clutch. Every designer tucked one under an arm on the runway for Fall. Pick one that works day to night and you have it all covered. And for a Fall Splurge, find a corset belt that cinches your waist and matches your style for that Rock-on look.

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Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

So convinced is Marc Jacobs that what his Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 Collection sends down the runway (or in this case, the escalators) is what you will want that he goes for the complete cover approach with the authority of a fashion god. And indeed, he is deemed the Fashion God of our time. While the mind of Karl Lagerfeld remains an unpredictable mystery, Marc Jacobs is so keen on his target market that he only needs one theme to made sales happen. And wasn’t this all about sales? Like a giant checkerboard, every look sported the Louis Vuitton Damier check from the handbags. The bold collection took that fabric to new dimensions, carrying it right over from handbags to everything from bra tops and skirts to shoes and gowns. Even the few “floral” pieces were mini checks designed into flowers. The line was long and straight. Gone are the fluffy, frilly merry-go-round looks from last Spring. Color was limited: Black, white, yellow and a splash of green and nude. Somehow it all worked. Looks were shown in pairs to emphasize the mix and match approach. This was, dare we say, a department store collection (nod again to the escalators). The bottom line is: clothes need to sell and Marc Jacobs knows his market. He knows how to wow the crowd and create desire. And the most buzzed about aspect of the collection? The headbands. They will be a sell out and copied countless times by others before Spring pushes out the first green leaf.

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Balmain Spring 2013

For his Spring 2013 Collection, designer Oliver Rousteing (who is only 27 years old) revived and reworked his Resort collection by adding some major embellishments. It is said he was in Miami for a trip and the Art Deco inspired him. We like that. It must be why we like him so much. His fall collection has a pink jacket that we are still lusting for. But what we see here are harlequin patterns and intricate knotted and woven insets that are true to the House’s Couture core. The effect is nothing short of stunning. The basic shapes are reminiscent of all of his collections so far with Balmain (he only signed on in March of 2011 which in itself is amazing); boxy yet long lines, high waists and broad Versace-type shoulders from back in Gianni’s day. The exception with this collection is that the shoulders are predominant and alarmingly 80’s. What brought the looks back to this era was the silver shoes, insets and fabrics. Also having a limited color palette (only taxi yellow and icy blue was shown with the monochrome) smartly galvanized the collection. The only question was the denim dress in the middle. I suppose as a young man, he can’t imagine life without denim. Probably the most exciting part of the show were the jackets and coats. They are truly stunning works of art. We are watching for fantastic things from this young French designer.

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Elie Saab Spring 2013

So Paris Fashion Week ends on a high note with the Elie Saab Spring 2013 Collection. Full of graceful, ladylike charm, nude blushes, and lacy things in extreme contrast to the infighting the Fashion Industry is inflicting upon itself as designers, journalists, and assorted periphery (who are always up for a good mud-slinging fight) swing fists at each other. Like the calm child in the family, Mr. Saab delivered a collection that quietly celebrates the form of a woman. Brilliant shorts-suits, blush day dresses, color streaked cocktails, and glittering Red Carpet gowns all speaking of something elegant, in stark contrast to the ugly fighting outside. Like a petaled flower pushing through the hard concrete, Elie Saab reminds us that it is really all about the Fashion. We are all here together and we will either rise together, like his floating gowns, or not at all. The Elie Saab look is so decidedly elegant and such a perfect way for women to express themselves that it is no surprise The Red Carpet is sprinkled with his gorgeously beaded and chiffon gowns season after season. Thank you Elie Saab for gently closing the chapter on Fashion Month Spring 2013, you will linger like sweet perfume long after the fighting is forgotten.

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