My favorite trends of the fall collections are capes. Who doesnt love a cape? Fairy tale characters like Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood had them. Superheroes like Batman and Superman sport them. Why shouldnt we?
Capes come in all different colors and sizes for so many occasions. Why do I bring this up when we’ve been having sunny weather in LA for the last few weeks? Forecasts predict rain/showers for Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Although you might not be able to get these designer pieces just yet, dont hesitate to invest in a quality cape to get you through the rain, wind, and whatever else might blow your way (like snow in NY!).
Earth tones – Carolina Herrera, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Matthew Ames
Textured greys – Cynthia Steffe, Rag & Bone, Paris 68, Zero + Maria Cornejo
Midnight blacks – Elie Tahari, Rad Hourani, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Y-3
Are there trends that you would like to see/broken down? I would love your input/comments/suggestions! Dont hesitate to send me an email or leave a comment! Make it a terrific Tuesday. : P
Dont call them Bermuda shorts! Think of them as.. oversized and loose. These shorts are fall trends that you can get now, especially since the weather has been fairly warm during the past week. The thicker cottons and textured wools will keep you warm from the nighttime chill, making these shorts perfect to go from day to night!
3.1 Phillip Lim, ADAM, Juan Carlos Obando, Karen Walker
Richard Chai Love, Mulberry, Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff
Dont you love the color schemes? There are so many rich colors for fall.. which I’m loving much more than soft, pastel hues that dominate spring.. weird. We’ll see how long this lasts! Enjoy your shorts and try and get some sun at the beach or at a pool this weekend! It should be around 80 degrees in el yay! :]
So many different variations of a camel coat: a play on color, fit/proportion, silhouette, and length. Its definitely a current obsession in the fashion world.. and why not? Its a breath of fresh color. Spring days are here but nights can still get a little bit.. “chilly”. Any fans? Which designer did it best?
Do you like yours with 1) trim, 2) leather paneling, 3) cape cuts, 4) fur, 5) short, 6) a darker color, or 6) classic?
3.1 Phillip Lim vs. Alexander Wang
Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, DKNY, Rachel Comey
Tommy Hilfiger, Organic by John Patrick, Michael Kors
The original purpose of a belt was to hold up pants at the waist. Clearly, the belt has transformed from a practical tool into a stylish accessory. There were all sorts of belts on the runway in New York.. some for the practical and simple, some for the girly, some for the bold and brave, and some that were simply outrageous (in a good way!). Whatever your style, here are a few of the best of each category that may give you ideas on how to belt your blazer, coat, or your whole upper body!
Black & Simple: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Charlotte Ronson, Doo.Ri, Elie Tahari
Harness/Body Belt: Wayne, L.A.M.B., Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff
Belts with a Purpose: Betsey Johnson, Rag & Bone x2, Reed Krakoff
Thin & Pretty: Carolina Herrera, Chado Ralph Rucci, Jeremy Laing, Oscar de la Renta
“Not Your Usual” Belt: Jeremy Scott, Ohne Titel, Thakoon, Zero + Maria Cornejo
Studded, Embellished, Shiny: Victoria Beckham, Anna Sui, Preen, Diesel Black Gold
Autumn in Phillip Lim’s world was very much about the outerwear. Outerwear and pants, although there were out-of-place looks here and there. The suede flare on the first pant and the high-waisted/wide bottomed trousers that spotted the show were the stars of this collection for me (after outerwear of course). Lim used the same wide plaid in this collection that he used in his menswear, which was a nice crossover. I thought the best use of the material was in the shorts, look two. The third and fourth looks seemed inspired from his menswear collection in that they evoke a sense of militancy. The use of crisscross overall action and the quilted leather/bulletproof vest against embellished top and the soft flow of the dress are extremely thought-provoking. Hard vs. light, masculinity vs. femininity.. the never-ending battle in art, design.. life basically. Lastly, the outerwear. Must I go into detail?
Phillip Lim amazingness. Anyone care to gift this to me? As a new years present?
The New Year is almost here! What are your plans? Are you staying in with family? Or going out with friends? Hanging out at a neighborhood bar or a downtown lounge? Well, whatever your plans are, make sure to include Phillip Lim!
3.1 Phillip Lim pieces are great backdrops that can work with most anything. The three outerwear pieces are 3.1 Phillip Lim. They can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion, but who doesnt want to say goodbye to 2009 and welcome in 2010 in style?
I tend to stick to black, greys, white, off-whites, and earth colors so these looks really did push my color usage (the pink blazer and blue oxford at least). Look I has classic elements and I added some edge with the Thakoon and jewelry pieces. The overall look is still feminine. Look II includes the on-trend sequin piece. Phillip Lim has created a great sequin tuxedo jacket and the hints of gold throughout the outfit brings the look together. For a more dressed up look, the Alexander Wang oxford is the way to go. If you want to look more casual, the Victoria Beckham Denim racer-back tank is a solid option. The winning pieces are the jewelry. The Oscar de la Renta earrings and Kimberly McDonald ring play off the color of the oxford and the sequins on the blazer. The gold tones are an added touch. Look III is all about the Shearling Gilet, the Givenchy pearls and the python Louboutins. The Veneta pants and ring along with the Fendi watch compliments the outfit perfectly. Enough said.
Dont be scared off by the labels! Although these outfits can rack up to be hundreds of dollars, there are many affordable options out there. If you like the looks, just keep the pieces in mind when you are out shopping for the after-Christmas sales. Its time to start digging through the merchandise!
Comments are always encouraged and appreciated! Which look fits your style best? If none of them really match your personal style, what would you like to see more of?
Heres the breakdown of the pieces:
Look I :
3.1 Phillip Lim Double-breasted lame Blazer
French Connection Coco Top
Chloe Velvet Tapered Leg Pant
Vera Wang Necklace
Dominic Jones Claw Ring
Alexander Wang Horn Cuff
Thakoon Mirror Mosaic Strappy Sandals
Joan Shepp Gunmetal Beaded Bracelet
Look II :
3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Tuxedo Cardigan
Alexander Wang Cowl Back Oxford Shirt OR
Victoria Beckham Denim Metallic Racer-back Tank
Bottega Veneta Jersey Harem Pants
Oscar de la Renta Two Stone Filigree Earrings
Mary Katrantzou Large Gold Tone Cuff
Michael Kors Watch
Kimberly McDonald 18K White Gold Large Geode Ring w/Diamond
Emporio Armani Calzature Donna Bootie
Look III :
3.1 Phillip Lim Mongolian Shearling Gilet
Kiki de Montparnasse Cotton Boyfriend Shirt
Bottega Veneta Tailored Wool Pants
Christian Louboutin Brigette 140 Python Boots
Givenchy Pearl Drape Necklace
Fendi Chronograph Watch
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Ring