The runways have spoken, and the 90’s are back, with the 70’s and the 80’s, and then there are some trends that are all over the place and have no particular home. Because we have to live with what the designers give us, and I do not always follow the trends, but have to style with what I have available to work with, this past year, this season, and next are going to be all over the place. Which means that you can pick and choose what works well with your body and sensibility, which colors look the best on you, and if you choose, to push your fashion to the limit.
I prefer to have as much fun as I can with styling, and tend to use a lot of jewelry and other accessories, but it depends on your mood, where you are going, and how much you like to push the envelope. Always use your best judgement in creating a look for yourself, because being true to yourself, is what defines you. I create looks for inspiration, fun, creativity, and can change my mind at any moment, because that is what fashion is all about, living in the moment.
So with that said, this is what the designers are doing for Fall….
Tailoring, sculptural and puffer coats, fitted suits, rounded and bold shoulders, slinky waists, gigantic dresses, flowered silk blouses, asymmetrical necklines, pleated culottes and column dresses are all the newest and greatest forms of power on the female figure.
The boho vibe is still going on with generous cut-outs and leg revealing moments, pastels and bright colors are everywhere, especially pink and purple, as well as an all-black moment or ten. Fringe and animal prints, tailoring for strong woman-power, dramatic sleeve treatments, caped dresses with floor sweeping sleeves, classic draping done in a revealing way, big bags, and weird shoes adorned the runway. Celebs fall dressing celebrates personal taste over a single must have item. As every celeb has a stylist that pulls their options for them, although there are a few who do shop in between those events, that is the stylist direction for Fall.
Mary Janes are back for 2019 fall, with Opening Ceremony and Vaquera embracing the style. I have always had Mary Janes in my closet for any season, so on trend or not, I happen to adore them.
Marni and Prada are all about waist belting, as suits came in with their own heavy chain belts, nipping in the oversized and otherwise waists. Color and romance at Valentino.
Satin is Back:
Satin is back in a big way with Versace bringing their 90’s satin slip dresses in neon hues, as well as many jaw dropping options. Brandon Maxwell, Christopher Kane, and Off-White also embraced the silky look for formal events, but also a daytime office look.
Michael Kors presented electric sequins, which I particularly love, Tom Ford used lavender, Rodarte presented orchid evening wear, Derek Lam, Anna Sui, and Kate Spade New York embraced purple by using it as a statement piece or all over your body look.
Monochrome is as much a trend, so picking your fav color and wearing it from head to toe, unless you pick something super bright, in which I would break it up, is big for fall. Please pick a deep autumn shade or pastel if you choose to do the over-all color, as Zimmermann, Rachel Comey, and Rebecca Taylor are embracing this luxe look. Egg-yolk yellow is big for fall, as well as fuschia and teal, vibrant orange, pistachio, and the jewel tones mixing with the acid neons. Gold is everywhere, with Altuzarra doing it casual.
Plaid is upon us as a fall staple, which I also love, because the more pattern the better for me.
Burberry, Prabal Gurung, and Brock Collection are giving plaid a much cooler vibe. Patchwork, as well, has come around again, with Matty Bovan giving dresses and skirts an unfinished, but glamorous touch. Ashley Williams used her patchwork punk vibe in an intentionally matronly way with her sweaters and skirts.
Prints, Dresses, Ruffles, Sheerness:
Y Project took period dressing a bit further with a square neckline on a skinny modern printed dress. Fendi is re-vamping luxury leather while re-working the outdoor staple. Balmain, Oscar De La Renta, and Givenchy are doing super-short, tightly ruched party dresses, with a very leggy fall approaching us. Ruffled blouses are also very girly and printed in pinks to slightly cooler tones. At YSL, there is a unique combo of a shimmery knitted shirt with an over-sized masculine coat worn over, as sheer blouses continue to show up through-out the collection. Balmain and Giambattista Valli are also embracing this see-through fabric look.
As much as the 70’s and 90’s are marking their territory this fall, there are straight leg trousers and turtlenecks on display as well. Versace did tie a black trench coat over pink leggings, and the Matrix vibe is around the town, but one doesn’t have to go crazy trying to copy these looks. Loose trousers in tweed or plaid can be both boho or professional, depending on how they are styled, and hot pants showed up as well. Wearing a turtleneck under a blazer can be professional and chic, and I love it with a sequin suit.
Knitwear is always cozy for fall, but made more mature and geared for evening by JW Anderson, Stella McCartney, and Altuzarra, joining Pringle of Scotland and Missoni in the knitwear category. Other young designers including Priscavera and Gareth Wrighton for Fashion East made knits cool again.
Ribbons are a fun detail and showing up in many different directions. They add an architectural look, or a girly and romantic look, depending on how they are displayed. Issey Miyake used over-sized ribbons, and there is a mixture of ribbons as bows, or more elaborate larger pieces used on necklines. Milan fashion week had Etro, Dolce, and MSGM showing off the embellishments with bow tied blouses.
Jumpsuits are very playful and very trendy for the past few seasons, giving a workman quality to the newest versions. Elegant tailoring, cuffs on pants, simple belting at the waist are the newest versions of this comfortable look. Putting on heels and some great accessories can simply take this look from daytime to evening. The tent like dresses that hit the runway have a meringue shape, and are also a comfortable staple to the closet.
Modern corsets are nodding to earlier centuries, with Garo Sparo being one of my favorite designers who definitely knows how to make the female shape look womanly. They are positioned as outerwear for night, but can be daytime as well paired with the right pieces.
Culottes are making a comeback, and playful as ever, with Celine making a statement that they will be worn in offices all over the coming season. They are associated with the cool French girl style, and are super practical for Fall.