Fall brings the opportunity for new style combinations, adventures and tons of photos with your friends. It also means it’s time for New York Fashion Week! The way most NYFW and Fashion Month runway shows work is that they present looks for the following season. Not everyone follows the see-now-buy-now model, so, I’m bringing things back to your level.
All week long, I’ll be sharing the best looks from New York, Paris and London Fall/Winter 2017 Fashion Weeks as well as how to reinvent them with what’s already in your closet. Then, l’ll end the week with the top trends to remember for Fall. You’ll be ready to rock the room before the first leaf hits the floor. Think you can handle it?
Let’s start with the one closest to my home town….
Trends to Remember
I heard this once and it’s stuck with me ever since: One is unique, two is a coincidence and three is a trend.
As with every season and city, NYFW collections are filled with styles from last season (YAY!) and about 50 others. After combing through dozens of shows, I’ve found a few that I could not help but love and I think you’ll feel the same.
Take a Tip from the Boys.
Now I do love to borrow t-shirts from my boyfriend (they’re just plain comfy!) but no, this is not about the same thing you always see. It’s about the rise of structured pieces, check patterns and those oh-so-chic power moments you can’t help but love. It’s about looking fierce both at and outside of work.
Who can say no to that?
Thom Browne mixed things up with penguin-detailed pants, a shrunken tuxedo jacket and matching vest in one look. (It was the cutest penguin suit you will ever see!) He even did a banker suit with tufted fur cuffs! The banker suit includes a double breasted blazer and matching pants, another trend within menswear-inspired looks that popped up this season.
Derek Lam took a more understated approach. Using Fall’s new call for purple on a leather pencil skirt (slit in the center!), royal purple trench and crisp white shirt covered in studs on the collar, he made a look any woman could look gorgeous in. (And can easily recreate!)
Jonathan Simkai added a Spanish twist to the look with his collection of satin suits brought out with delicate bows, bold ruffles, high-waited pants and short jackets. I even saw a slit along the ankle!
But the one menswear trend that sticks out is the classic checked suit.
You probably already have something like this in your closet from when you started interviewing for that first job! I know I have two ill-fitting suits that my mom and sister made me buy. They never brought me any luck! Instead, find one you like, make sure it fits and add your personal style to it.
Some designers even had the pants cut to hit just above an ankle boot for a modern touch. Keep an eye out for these!
Style Tip! Reinvent the classic white button down and trouser formula with a fun use of pearls. Wear multiple strands or turn a long strand into a choker for an elegant change to what an otherwise go-to look. (Like shown in the Narcisco Rodriguez NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 collection)
Let the Details Do the Talking.
Remember how I said there were 50+ trends this season? Well, I wasn’t kidding. Appliques, fringe, bows, roses, embroidery, patches and pearls all showed up again, just to name a few. What does this mean? It’s time to mix, match and have little fun with your look! Even mixed print dresses are on their way back. So why not?!
Detailing will be key to your fall look.
You can go all-out and pair an appliquéd blazer with pants that have embroidery at the cuff (Like Sally LaPointe). Or, simply wear your favorite one-color dress with an over-the-top coat. I’m still lusting over these pieces by Zac Posen. How gorgeous are those last three?!
Some things that are probably already in your closet: a patch-covered jacket and pearl-detailed shoes. Both easily demonstrate the use of detailing and mixed materials without going overboard.
Gucci had pearls on their loafers last year and now everyone from Charlotte Olympia to Jeffrey Campbell to the Lord & Taylor Designer Lab has them. There’s no need to spend a fortune for a statement look.
Style Tip! Mix a strapless dress or top with a flowing button-down for a fun juxtaposition. (Can’t picture it? See it here in the Bibhu Mohapatra NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 collection.)
Pick Materials That Don’t Quit
As shown by Anna Sui, Bibhu Mohapatra, Zang Toi, Eli Tamari, Saloni and Erdem, Velvet isn’t going anywhere. You can keep wearing that one black velvet top that’s tucked away in your closet for going out. Sheer detailing has also continued to make an appearance.
But the one material that really stood out to me for this season, was the use of leather.
We knew leather went beyond the moto jacket and into the sophisticated part of your wardrobe from Zeynep Arcay. Well, she isn’t the only one who thought so. Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Chiara Boni, Vivenne Tam and Vivenne Hu are just a few of the designers who showed their love for leather this season.
It’s time to break out the jacket you bought last year as well as a few other things. One trend that continually popped up was a feminine, leather trench coat. It’s usually durable, adds a hint of sleek edge to any look, and if you’re a Chiara Boni La Petite Robe model, comes with a man to carry your shopping bags.
But nothing says you have to pick just one material. Have fun and mix a statement top with your trench, solid pants and ankle boots. You’ll be comfortable and definitely on trend for fall.
Style Tip! Forget the rule that you can only mix certain fabric types together. Experiment with different materials in your wardrobe. Having fun with your style can come off beautifully. (See it here from the J. Mendel show.)
Now I couldn’t just leave you with tips. Here are a few under pieces to help you stay on-trend and in-style.:
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Think you know everything about Fall fashion trends for 2017, now? Not even close. Next up is a look at Paris Fashion Week’s take on fall and even more details to love.
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