Fashion & Accessories

By Laura Werling

Last February, I trekked from show to show during Fashion Week, basking in the refreshing light of interesting and talented designers. New designers, models, editors, writers, bloggers; the list could go on and on. While I was supposed to be observing and analyzing beauty trends and products backstage, I also took note of the fascinating cycle of trends. Luckily for me, the trends this Fall are inspired and innovative takes on classic looks, which is perfect for a fast-paced lifestyle like my own in New York City. Isn’t it a bit inconvenient when the trends are incredibly high maintenance and difficult to get around in? (I for one have definitely tripped on cobblestone streets in four-inch heels more than once.) It’s nice and fresh to see collections that can be wonderfully imaginative yet translate into real life. Below are some of the major trends to add to your wardrobe this coming September.

-Get Practical: Utilitarian Coats
From big name designers to the new kids on the block, many of the collections showed really great utilitarian coats for fall. My favorites were from Joseph Altuzarra; they were a perfect balance of urban and rustic. Paired with flowing and sexy dresses and ankle boots, one of these coats is definitely on my To-Get List. Also showing some great utilitarian coats this Fall was “urban warrior”, Barbara Bui. The materials used on these coats ranged far and wide, including shearling, mohair, patent leather, puffed nylon, and boucle. Perfect for metropolitan living, sleek and edgy, yet practical.

- Get Crazy: Mix up some Prints
I always love a good mix up of prints, and this Fall, a few designers seemed to create controlled chaos flawlessly in their prints. Dries van Noten, for example, transformed his two inspirations, David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust and the Ballet Russes, into visually stunning prints, combined to create a romantic and heroic collection. The black and white graphics and the shining florals and abstracts pulled together to tell a very intriguing story. Proenza Schouler also did prints in a lovely way this season. Inspired by their road trip to Santa Fe, their collection is full of prints paying homage to the American Southwest. Native American blankets and embroideries became blown up and pixilated, to create a cool, perfectly mixed up collection of prints.

-Go on, do it: Show some Leg
Just because it’s getting chilly and brisk doesn’t mean sexy has to go out the window; this Fall, scoop up one of the long and flowing skirts and dresses with chic, leg baring slits for your evenings out. Paired with some ankle boots and a blazer, it’s instant chic. In Paris, Rolad Mouret showed some beautiful, long and graceful dresses that are alluring and sexy in a non-obvious way. It’s a great way to change up what you wear out in the cooler months. New York based Alexander Wang also showed some long looks to add some free flowing sultriness to your wardrobe. Lustrous, long, silk skirts with slits graced the models on Wang’s runway this season. This is the new eveningwear, and its exciting and fresh to switch things up.

Originally published September 2011
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