When it comes to fall fashion, there are a few trends that I think could be done by anyone, no matter what shape and size. These are all photos that I took during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in February at Lincoln Center, NYC. You’ll note that these aren’t things I’m pulling out of a hat, although a furry hat this season would definitely work! Rather, they are an amalgamation of what designers literally know people could adapt to their own wardrobes. These are the best and most wearable that I could see, and should give you some inspiration into what you may or may not want to add to your style mix for the coming fall/winter season.
Abstractions, floral and geometrics, vie for handmade attention in jumpers, dresses, and blouses. These types of prints are meant to look as though they are one of a kind, and therefore have qualities that seem rough-hewn. Whether they’re done as blurry tones that melt together or a stricter grid-like effect, these are the way to go for sophisticated styling. The use of oversized “pop art” floral patterns were also quite prevalent for fall-into-winter dressing. Keep in mind the ideas here are one-of-a-kind looks, which lend themselves perfectly to creating your own unique ensembles.
Fur pieces of all kinds have been added to collars, cuffs, and just about everything else this fall. This trend continues to ride the tides of fashion and can be witnessed at all price points, from Old Navy to Old Orchard. Faux vests have stepped up their game, but to me the interesting pieces are the stand-alone collars that are meant to be part neck warmer, part accessory. Ponchos and capes get the treatment for fall as well, so check out grandma’s attic or any fashion retailer to get your fur fix, whether fur friendly or faux. By the way, don’t forget the always in style fur lined parka for those of us in for a long winter here in the frozen north, just make sure it’s fashionable and not utilitarian.
All things fiery and florid are back in a big way for fall. Forget the jewel tones for now and concentrate on the flaming reds that range from bright blood orange to scarlet. Seen in everything from wools to silks, and day dresses to evening gowns, the look is a bright counterpoint to the more somber tones of traditional winter fashion and automatically makes you stand out in a sea of black and grey. If you don’t like the red head to toe look, opt for a great cashmere scarf, gloves or beret. The investment will be minimal and the effect maximal.
Black is never out of style, especially when it is unlike years past. Look for sequins, sheer fabrics and silhouettes that are not of normal proportions to work their “old black magic” with other pieces in the wardrobe landscape for fall and winter. In this same category we see black and white, that standby of non-color counterpoint that always seems fresh, innovative, and timely, no matter what season it is worn. Fresh takes will look architectural as well as hand-done, and everything in between. The best bets of all for a winter wardrobe upgrade, you just can’t do better than creating your own blackout.
No matter what you wear, put a little thought into it. Like legendary style maven Simon Doonan says, “What is the biggest fashion faux pas? Conformity is the only real fashion crime. To not dress like yourself and to sublimate your spirit to some kind of group identity is succumbing to fashion fascism.”