Unfortunately, summer is coming to an end and hot days are quickly waning. As hum drum as it may sound, it is time to start thinking about updating your fall/winter wardrobe. Fashionable women across the globe were ready months ago following the Paris/London/Milan/New York shows. If you missed the boat, never fear. Allow me to update you on some of the best looks and fashion trends for the upcoming season.
When we’re talking Paris prêt-à-porter, things are always a bit more avant-garde abroad and we saw a plethora of metallics from the House of Chanel.
From quilted coats, knee-high boots and gloves, Lagerfeld utilized silver from head-to-toe for fall/winter 2018. Quilting was predominant at Alexander McQueen and Gucci; mismatch patterns in rich warm colors such as burgundy and mustard were sewn together for a surprisingly cohesive look.
Denim is a staple in every wardrobe, but we saw Dior and Stella McCartney double down with it for fall. You got it, monochromatic denim from head to toe had 1982 written all over it – no acid wash, thank GOD!
We lost Sonia Rykiel last August at 86. However, the “Queen of Knits” would have been proud of her protege, Julie de Libran. The RTW show for 2017/18 was chock full of 1970’s inspired street wear which is totally accessible for the modern career gal. Inspired by the California coast, Libran’s knit wear came in warm colors; brown, tan, cream, fire engine red, and collegiate blue were reintroduced but with a modern twist. Cashmere overcoats and leather top coats were equally as retro. Libran used camel, chocolate and beige. Black leather jackets over crepe wool skirt suits, the story was ebony cowhide right down to the open-toed sandals. Libran got playful with patchwork such as a beige cotton jacket with patch pockets and details. Black velvet got a huge nod as done in dresses and coats with flat gold button embellishments. The stand out pieces were a quilted blue full-length vest with fur trim over a metallic blue party dress.
Never one to take a backseat to the Paris shows, New York stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park.
Leading the pack was Tom Ford with purple metallic mini skirts and velvet jumpsuits. Ford has never been afraid of color and the one time Saint Laurent designer shows his boldness with a yellow and black knee length fur over a black mini dress.
Marc Jacobs was seemingly in a retro mood for fall/winter as the 70’s overtook his collection with plenty of denim, floppy hats and platform boots. Fur and fur trim over playful knitwear done in beiges and browns were the story for Jacobs’ line. Derek Lam does retro as well, but does it with an uptown mentality using beautiful printed fabrics in cozy colors on coats with fur trim. Lam uses excess fabric to create loose and flowing jumpsuits and bias cut skirts.
Michael Kors obviously got the memo that 1970’s retro was the story for fall/winter 2017/18 because he went full on and gave us the most complete collection of New York’s season. Fabulous fur coats done in natural pelt colors over form fitting dresses made quite the statement as Kors’ chose real sized models to show his wears. Edie Campbell, Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls and Ashley Graham were all on hand to walk the catwalk as the Project Runway judge showed cashmere coats in camel over flowing separates ensembles and form fitting black and silver leopard print dresses. If I were to guess, I’d probably say gray is Michael’s favorite color as it shows up everywhere. From suede boots and gloves to whimsical wraps and full slacks, the cool color is prevalent. Layering is the key to this collection as most of the featured garments are loose fitting and unconfined which allows ease of movement.
For the shoppers, look for retro knits, fur trim and denim to start. Look for deep and rich colors. Layer chunky scarves with over-sized sweaters and fluid slacks. Don’t be afraid of colors such as shocking purple or stop sign red. Lastly, prints, prints and more prints.
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