Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall 2011: The Must-Haves

This post comes a bit late.  I know that everyone has already pulled their fall clothing out of storage, but I hope you have not completed your fall/winter shopping.  I know I haven't!  This is your guide to the MUST-HAVE, can't-live-without, pieces for fall.


This is the trend that I promised myself that I wouldn't fall for, but here I am slipping.  It takes a lot to get me excited about a flat, but this one is fresh enough to have piqued my interest.  Brogues are getting tired this season, and ballet flats are more tired, so why not make room for the new flat on the block?  I need these in leopard and glitter.

Clockwise from top center:  Christian Louboutin Roller Girl, Topshop Kosy, Dolce Vita Nariko, Stubbs & Wootton Louie, Topshop Klass, J. Crew Darby, Topshop Manney, J. Crew Darby, and Jimmy Choo Wheel


Otherwise known as the choker necklace (I prefer the term "collar", as it sounds much nicer),  this statement jewelry piece adds major punch to even the most basic outfit. The Michael Kors and Lanvin runways debuted this trend back in February, and it is not going away any time soon (hint: spring runways were covered with collar/choker necklaces).  Whether you go sleek and minimal or ornate and flowery, necklaces are chunky and short for fall. 

Top:  Backstage at Michael Kors Fall 2011, street style at fashion week
Bottom: Vita Fede Tubotelle necklace, Dannijo Hudson neklace, Kenneth Jay Lane oversized necklace


Bordeaux, burgundy, crimson, whatever you want to call it--I'm talking about the deep red color, not the beverage.  Wine is the new black this season, perfect for all your separates and accessories.  Head-to-toe red is the statement I want to be making, but if you are restricted to one piece, a pair of bordeaux skinny pants is essential. 

Street style photo; Clockwise from top left:  Equipment blouse, Zara gloves, Theory sweater dress, Celine bag, Zara waxed trousers, Lyn Devon leather skirt


The '70s have dominated the runways for the past two seasons, but for fall, Prada was the one to say ENOUGH!  Let's take it back to the groovin' '60s.  I have a serious weakness for mod styling--the big hair, doll-eyed makeup, bold colorblocking--so I was more than ready to usher in this trend.  Whether a dress or a coat, the cut is short, boxy, and high-necked.

Prada Fall 2011; Clockwise from top left:  Shoshanna dress, French Connection coat, Zara dress, French Connection coat


Last fall had me swooning for bold lips, but this fall, it's all about the rosy cheek.  The heavily flushed look was popular on runways--from Oscar de la Renta, to Marc Jacobs, to Prada.  The key to the look is building up a natural glow with a cream blush.  At Prada, Pat McGrath (genius makeup artist) used this Covergirl blush to great effect.

Fall runway makeup: Marc Jacobs by Francois Nars, Prada by Pat McGrath and Oscar de la Renta by Gucci Westman


I know I've already posted about the snake-print trend on runways, but this deserves another mention, because it it shaping up to be a MAY-jor fall trend (and my personal obsession).  Think python-print silk shirts, envelope clutches, and knee-high boots.  Prada's leather boots have had me salivating for python since they walked the runways in February.  Not to beat a dead horse, but when a new trend surfaces at Prada, you sit up and take note.

Top: Python street style, Prada Fall 2011 boot 
Bottom (clockwise from top left):  All Saints Ottavia trousers, Zara pumps, BCBG belt, Zara clutch


If you want to look like a sophisticated lady, this is the era for you.  Take inspiration from the Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu fall shows, and wear fitted pencil skirts, peplum-waist jackets, and shapely dresses with strong shoulders.  The best thing about this trend?  It's totally office-appropriate.

Miu Miu Fall 2011; Clockwise from top left:  Zara gloves, Modcloth dress, Preston & York faux fur stole, Zara bag, ASOS pencil skirt, Topshop coat, and Kate Spade pumps


For this year's holiday parties, try swapping out your go-to little black dress for a little black pant suit.  A sharp menswear look can be just as fun as a slinky party dress, especially when you amp it up with a sequined blazer or metallic loafers. Wearing a full-on tuxedo is a tough look to pull off, so try wearing one borrowed-from-the-boys item (crisp white button down or a long blazer) and adding a felt hat or heeled loafers to finish off the look.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011; Clockwise from top left: Zara sequin blazer, Topshop pork pie hat, ASOS chiffon tie, Tibi tuxedo pants, River Island tie shirt, and Alexander Wang Anais loafers


Somehow, I've never owned a parka.  Maybe it's because I don't ski or hike or do the rough-and-tough outdoor activities that require one.  Fall runways had me lusting for one though, because they looked so chic when thrown over a feminine frock.

Altuzarra Fall 2011 & Vera Wang Fall 2011; Clockwise from top left:  Daughters of Liberation parka, Laundry by Shelli Segal parka, ASOS wool & leather parka, Zara parka

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