Remember when fall use to be synonymous with blacks and dark hues? White was also considered to be a fashion faux pas after Labour Day and bright colours are usually packed away for sunnier days. It seems that the tide has turned and designers are showcasing pops of bright colours for the fall season. We still saw the traditional black, grey and neutral tones on the runway, which was nice. Let’s face it, we all love a luxury coat in neutral tones. It’s simply more functional that way and captures the tone of the season.
It’s great news for most of us that we can transition and incorporate spring styles and colour into the fall. Designers are layering heavy coats over lighter and brighter fabrics. This allows for movement underneath fabrics that are highly structured. My favourite look was when it came to mixing fall and spring is Jenny Packham’s embellished top and satin skirt combo. This play on textures created a soft yet appealing juxtaposition of fall and spring. Red is also a bold colour that fits into the fall theme while adding life to the overall look. It’s also fitting that red is the perfect complement to black.
Monaco blue is also moving into the fall from spring and making an impact with jackets and blacks. It’s a rich colour that exudes luxury and is flattering to most. As for accessories, structured totes that aren’t distracting from the garment are also on trend. There’s a sense of understated elegance for the fall which is great news considering that these pieces will probably stay as a staple within your closet. As a twist, pattern and texture blocking has replaced colour with tartans and plaid used for evening gowns and jackets.
One of my favourite items to hit the runway is the use of a waist belt over a jacket, which is ultra chic. We’re seeing fitted looks that accentuate a feminine silhouette when it comes to dresses but not for outerwear. Coats are either being reinterpreted as a fitted jacket dress or a loose fit A-line coat. As for colours hang on to oranges, Monaco blues, black, white, neutrals, green, yellow and red.
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