Four cities and countless shows later, the verdict is in: Fall is about finding glamour in the unexpected—or as we like to say, “dressing up is cool again.” Read on for our guide to the season's top trends.
Boy Meets Girl
If there’s a fashion phrase that’s liable to make us cringe, it’s likely “borrowed from the boys." Luckily, the look isn’t about stealing his style (save those brogues and button-down shirts). It’s the pieces that are menswear-inspired but designed with a woman in mind that have our attention this season—like Isabel Marant’s plaid mini and Alberta Ferreti’s feminine suit.
Conveying an effortless elegance isn’t easy. However, those in search of this season’s #iwokeuplikethis, need look no further than the latest sport-chic trend. Ushered in by Marni’s stirrup trousers and furthered by Pucci’s ski knits and fashion parkas, the new nonchalance is achieved by styling a bit of sport into your look. Athletic knits paired with dangling earrings, track pants teamed with a chic pump: meet the key to modern glamour.
The fashion world isn’t over the Nineties yet. The reason to love this trend is that it reminisces those pieces that populated your high school wardrobe but with a sophisticated spin—see plaid in ladylike form at Suno and Kurt Cobain sweater dressing for the modern woman at Marco de Vincenzo. If we put this on an approval matrix, it would be highbrow brilliant.
We were into long and lean last season and now it’s something short and sweet that’s pulling at our heartstrings. The cool factor comes from pairing these with flats for a modern approach to dressing for evening.
The runway’s candy pinks and electric blues may demand your attention, but it’s an unassuming neutral hue that’s due to be the sleeper hit of the season. Seen everywhere from Marni to Mugler—and in the form of everything from boots and bags to great outerwear pieces—it’s a trend whose warm shade reads so fresh and coolly casual that it’s bound to make converts out of those loyal to black—and in fact, the secret to making it work is to treat it as such.
There’s no better way to upgrade your fall items then by casting them in velvet. We’re particularly fond of those in rich jewel tone hues. And nothing makes these more special than the fact that you can only wear them for Fall.
Far more groundbreaking than those for Spring, the runways’ range of blooms offers a welcome reprieve from Fall’s requisite plaids. And nothing gives otherwise prim florals a cool factor better than pairing them with boots or styling them under a velvet jacket.
With the advent of Fall, one can always expect to see a fantastic lineup of fur coats. The news this season, however, is about the less expected use of fur. A sweater with Mongolian-trimmed sleeves, a dress hemmed in mink: it’s less about keeping warm and more about looking fabulous. And that’s something we can get behind.
Calling all David Bowie fans. Leopard print, lurex and metallic shine mix in a trend that has the rock ‘n roll maximalist in mind. It's safe to say shrinking violets may want to shrink some more, leaving you and your gold pantsuit to own the spotlight.
The message this season is one of elegant insouciance, channeled best by Fall’s luxe bohemian take on jewelry. That anything from a white tee to a luxe fur are relevant backdrops for dangling earrings is part of the appeal. Is there anything more glamorous that throwing on a pair of oversized drops before you leave the house? We think not.