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Sunday, September 22, 2013

FALL 2013 TRENDS

From camouflage prints to military inspired jackets, designers showed an array of army chic designs. If camo is too bold for your taste, try an olive blazer or bold, metal belt. I especially like how Prabal added a feminine feel to the trend with a peplum jacket.

Thanks to the resurrection of the nineties, beanies are back in a big way. They’re not just for keeping your head warm. They add an edgy factor to any look, even an evening gown! Of course, this look isn’t for everyone. But as Kate Spade showed, even girlie-girls can try out the trend.

You can never go wrong with a classic camel coat. And thanks to all the options on the runways, there will be plenty to choose from come fall. I personally like the belted versions. They help create an hourglass shape even when you’re all bundled up.

Amidst a sea of black, it was refreshing to see pops of pink on the runway. And it was just any pink, it was a deep, bold color that screamed to be noticed. You can wear the color on its own, or pair it with contrasting red for a high fashion look.

The 50 Shades of Grey craze may have died down, but the neutral is heating up in fashion. Pantone, the color authority, calls the color “Turbulence.” There’s a gray for everything from muted to charcoal. I particularly liked how Oscar de la Renta added a pop of color to with blue accents.

This was the first season in a while that I didn’t see too much boho on the runways. But not to fear my hippie loving fashionistas. There were designers who delivered a gypsy chic collection. The nomadic traveler looks were relaxed, layered and in a darker color palette that represented the season.

I’m thrilled houndstooth has made a comeback. The print is such a classic, yet designers still found a way to reinvent it for fall. I particularly liked the mixed prints at Trina Turk and use of color at Oscar de la Renta. The easiest way to wear this trend is with a houndstooth jacket. You can pair it with a LBD at the office and with leather leggings or jeans over the weekend.

While black was the most prevalent color at New York Fashion Week, winter white certainly held it’s own. Lighten up with an ivory sweater, dress or even a suit (another big trend for fall). When it comes to footwear, pair your outfit with a metallic heel or black leather to make it seasonal.

Black was the biggest color for fall. To keep things interesting, take note of how designers played with fabrics. Mixing leather, sheer, and shine makes a head-to-toe black outfit anything but boring. Since I’m a fan of color, I particularly liked how Calvin Klein added a subtle pop of pink with lipstick to brighten the jet black trend.

When the weather get cooler, it’s hard not to want to curly up in cozy knits. This fall, designers are showing just how chic that feeling can be. Sweaters and turtlenecks were paired with long skirts for an elegant yet laid back look. Dress it up with a statement necklace or make it more casual by adding a leather jacket to the mix.

Everything leather is on trend for fall. I especially loved all the leather sleeves seen on jackets, dresses and coats. It gave just a touch of edge. And was right in line with the season’s mixed texture trend.

Ready to fly high for Fall? Because feathers were all over the runways! While a full-on plumage dress might be a little much for every day, you can easily incorporate a feathered skirt into your holiday looks!

From thin velvet to oversize satin, bows were all over the Fall 203 runway. I personally like a medium size bow at the neck of a blouse or dress, as seen at Jill Stuart. If you’re not into bows on clothing, try the trend on accessories!

Russia provided inspiration for designers across the board for Fall 2013. Christian Siriano looked to the Russian Opera, resulting in opulent velvet, faux fur and metallics. Tadashi gave his clothing a snowy feel, inspired by pre-revolutionary Russia. Ralph Lauren’s looks had an imperial touch, topped with large fuzzy hats, while Clover Canyon went into excess with lavish prints.

Just about every suit was shown on the New York runways: cropped pant suits, 70s-inspired 3-piece suits, dressy skirt suits and sporty skirt suits. Translation? Basically any type of suit works for 2013. The great part about investing in a suit is you can wear the pieces as separates. The minute I saw Christian Siriano’s metallic number, I instantly wanted to pair the blazer with skinny jeans.

From taxi cab colored coats to actual taxi accessories (see my Kate Spade video), yellow was bolder than ever for fall. Some designers added a green tint to the color, making it more chartreuse, while other kept it vibrant like a lemon. Most paired the hue with black, adding bold contrast for cooler seasons.

Designers took a walk on the wild side with all types of animal prints. Some, like Tracy Reese, even mixed patterns! While leopard is still a classic, I was particularly drawn to the use of zebra for fall. You can wear it as a print or as a animal motif as seen on a handbag at Alice + Olivia.

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