Tag Archives: Fall Fashion

Sneak Peek: Pre-Fall 2014

The Fall Couture shows are showing right now, with the Ready-to-Wear runway kicking-off in a matter of weeks. So you might wonder, what are these Pre-Fall collections all about? These are the very first fall-inspired clothes to hit stores around May/June. They serve as transitional pieces and a sneak peak into colors, patterns and trends that will be major players come fall.

Designers are sending out bigger Pre-Fall collections, than ever before. The fashion machine is hungry and the designers are feeding their customers. Givenchy showed over 70 pieces, which is equal to their regular fall shows. Even if you aren’t buying designer pieces, their collections have a trickle down effect, especially to fast-fashion retailers like H&M, Forever21, and Zara, but also to more mainstream stores.

Trending Now

  • Oxfords
  • Bomber Jackets
  • Plaids
  • Oranges
  • Leopard & Zebra

Stella McCartney – dress with oxfords

Jonathan Saunders – bomber jacket under coat

Christian Dior – swooning over this plaid

Altuzarra – orange peeking out from amazing coat

Balmain – sophisticated leopard high-waisted skirt

More to See

If you want to see more Pre-Fall 2014 designs, go to thisPinterest board for 40 of my favorite looks. The collections from Christian Dior, Givenchy, Balmain and Altuzarra were just wonderful. And I couldn’t show everything here, but the butterfly prints from Valentino were so romantic and dramatic.

Lastly, if I had to pick an ‘it’ animal for fall (you know, like the owls, cats and foxes of seasons past), I think it’s going to be the bunny. Mark my words. The bunny is next.

x Laura

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Getting Your Greens

This week I borrowed a friend’s juicer to see if I liked it. Rumor has it that juicers are annoying to clean-up, but still undaunted, I wanted to see if vibrantly fresh juice would affect my energy and overall appetite. We (it’s a family experiment) started off easily with fruit juices (orange/pineapple) and have now moved into fruit/vegetable combos (carrot/apple and carrot/apple/celery/parsley). My husband has already told me not to tell him what’s in the glass, because if I use the words beet, kale or wheatgrass, he’s gonna bail on me. Completely predictable and I love the chance to take on a challenge.

7 Daily Greens

If drinking your veggies is off-putting, at least fashion has given us another way to get our daily green fix, since hunter, forest and emerald greens are strong tones right now. Here are 7 stylish examples of how people are wearing it:

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If you want to see more of these chic bloggers, here are the links:

  1. Anna Midday
  2. Vanessa Jackman
  3. Shoes&Sashimi
  4. Stockholm Streetstyle
  5. Hermes Is My Dad
  6. By Katerina Katerina
  7. Dresses on a Clothesline

Shopping: Greens Like These Under $300

Using What You’ve Got

You’ve probably already got some deep autumnal greens in your closet. Time to dust them off and put into rotation. Pairs well with deep purple, peacock blue, black, white and wine.

If you’ve got a juice recipe that you love, please share it. I’d love to hear about it. Have a good one!
x Laura

P.S. Today I’m going to try The Chiller (from The Juicing Bible) which is a combo of carrot/celery/red pepper/apple/cucumber/zucchini. Sounds like a salad in a glass to me. (photo: juicingvegetables.me)

Wear Now, Wear Later

It’s maddening to buy clothes that have a one-season shelf life. We spend a lot of time shopping for clothing, that we might only wear for a short amount of time. I’m always interested in getting more mileage out of things, even trendy items, which by their very nature are short-lived (maybe 2-4 seasons, i.e. all-white has been going steadily for about 3 seasons and is heading into 2013 as strong as ever).

With the Spring 2013 runway collections wrapping up in Paris, next year’s trends are already starting to crystallize. Since most of us are still shopping for this season, why not kill two birds with one stone? You can add a few forward-looking trends to your closet right now, that will have you ahead of the curve come March.

Vertical Stripes

Les Copains spring 2013 runway

Les Copains, Spring 2013

Anthropologie, $158

Yellow

Gucci spring 2013 runway

Gucci, Spring 2013

Anthropologie honeycomb lace dress

Anthropologie, $288

Printed Pant

Balmain spring 2013 runway

Balmain, Spring 2013

Anthropologie Lace Slims pant

Anthropologie, $158

Plaid/Grunge

Dries Van Noten Spring 2013 paris runway

Dries Van Noten, Spring 2013

Need Supply, oxford shirt dress

Thom Dolan, $350

I got a kick out of the Dries Van Noten spring collection this year. He makes me want to pick up some plaid and relive the 90s. His layering techniques and materials are masterful. Click the link above and see how he turned grunge into a posh affair.

My Spring Fashion Pinterest board is up to 141 looks. If you want to see what else is trending, go take a look and get ahead on your shopping.

x Laura

White in Shining Armour

It’s after Labor Day Weekend, so it’s time to pack up your whites until next…naw, just kiddin’ ya. White is sticking around all winter as a strong trend for Fall/Winter 2012. So, for those of us who love to steal out into the frosty streets in shades of white, this is a great season to collect more of the pieces you love.

photo: All The Pretty Birds (Tamu McPherson)

Photo: Jak & Jil

all white street style - style trouve

Photo: Style Trouve

All white street style via Fashionology

Photo: Greg Kessler via Fashionologie

Derek Lam Fall Winter 2012 RTW via Style.com

Derek Lam F/W 2012, Photo: Style.Com

There’s a look here to fit every age. Take your favorite look and tweak it to make the silhouette work for your body type. Do short sleeves with a maxi, shorten (or lengthen) a hemline, and pick a dress that highlights your best parts. Black is a great choice for accessories, but dressing tonally in white and cream is also a strong choice. Go with a shade that looks best with your skin tone.

I think of trends like a fashion buffet. Grab the things that work for you (shapes, colors, accessories, silhouettes), and leave the rest for the next person. Sometimes a trend we love, suits us better in an accessories (i.e. choosing a baroque-inspired clutch over a whole baroque dress.) In the end, fashion is personal and that’s what makes it (and us) interesting.

x Laura

More awesome posts I did (hmm, so humble…) on the white trend, which has been gaining steam since Spring 2011.

What You Want: Fall 2011

DVF F/W11 (photo: Style.com)

The September issues and fall fashion Lookbooks have rolled out. Are you devouring them? I’m particularly excited about the rich hues of wine, berry, burgundy, ruby and deep plum, but also see ochre, golds, teal and rich green. Prints abound and at times, take on a life of their own as mixing shifts into high gear. Hemlines have fallen (just like our stocks), with midi and maxi lengths ruling the runway. Sportswear gets a pop of color as bright accents keep things lively. Coats get updated this season in standouts silhouettes such as capes and voluminous 60’s toppers, and other designs with punches of color.

Jewelry, Handbag & Shoe Outlook

Jewelry has continued its chunky direction, with thick cuffed bracelets, architectural silver pieces, and ornate chokers. Handbags have been over-hauled from heavily decorated to streamlined and structured. You’ll see more and more handbags with dual carrying options, both top handle and shoulder straps. Of course, crossbody bags continue to be widely available as women love the freedom of having two hands during morning commutes, traveling, shopping, and mingling. Many pumps have lost their thick, platform under-footing, in favor of thin soles. New for the season are loafer pumps, cut-out booties, color-blocked designs, ankle straps and luxurious-looking slip-ons.

Carry-overs from Spring

Printed pants are a trend that seem to be continuing from Spring 2011, as is the collegiate 70’s look, complete with wide-brimmed hat. You’ll also find a strong showing of shearling coats, boho fur vests, parkas and military designs that still look fresh. Orange is a color that won’t be stopped and I’m happy to see it stay on for autumn weather. Any of these items purchased last season will holdover nicely and serve you well through the new Fall/Winter season.

Trends In A Nutshell

  • Bright Colors & Color-blocking
  • Coats: Brights, Parkas, Capes, 60’s Volume and Fuzzed-out Furs
  • Mash-up Prints – Mixing prints with abandon
  • Polka Dots
  • Vintage Cuts: 40’s, 60’s, 70’s
  • Native Graphics – Western and Tribal elements
  • Evening wear: Elegant Tuxedo
  • Shoes: Loafer Pumps, Pointy-toe flats, Edgy Booties, Non-Platform Pumps
  • Handbags: 70’s Classics, Squared/Structured, Leopard & Snake, Mini-crossbody bags & pouchettes, Textured (Lace, Woven, Fabric)
  • Jewelry: Chunky Cuffs, Chokers, Architectural Silver

How To Update

Women are looking for their fashion dollar to really stretch this fall and won’t be spending their hard-earned paychecks on items that won’t go the distance. Here are some ideas for updating/raiding your closet for trend-worthy items that keep it current:

  • Grab a blouse, dress or jacket in any Burgundy, Wine, Plum or Berry hue.
  • Sling a Leopard Crossbody bag over your outfit.
  • Add a Lace pump to your evening wear.
  • Wear an updated Midi or Maxi skirt that flatters your proportions; try one with a slit.
  • Pick out a Colorblock or Printed Day Dress for work.
  • Update your jewelry. A standout piece or two is all you need.
  • Ready for drama? Go for it with a Cape.
  • Update your Classic coat look in a bright color or one with leather trim.
  • Wear a Loafer Pumps by day and switch for an Ankle-Strap heel for night.
  • Add a squared-off Structured Handbag or a Mini-Pouchette to your rotation.

I’m just starting to make my own Fall Shopping list for clothes, which will include pants, a go-to dress, colorful tops, day bag and some new arm candy (like a strong cuff). What are you shopping for?

All photos via Style.com