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Jewel Tones for Fall 2011

One of my favorite trends off of the Fall 2011 Runways was the boldness of color in every jewel tone.

Pamella Roland, Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olivia

The applications have been endless:  color blocking, monochromatic,  and color family pairings.

Eva Longoria in Victoria Beckham

Jennifer Lopez in Gucci

Sarah Jessica Parker in Prabal Gurung via InStyle

So, how do you get this bright and still very sophisticated look? Pick classic and simple shapes, pick bold (and skin tone flattering) colors, take some risks and be confident.

Jewel Tone for Fall 2011

Source: Blazer, Blouse, Blouse, Dress, Platform, Loafer, Pump, Handbag, Jean, Skirt, Skirt, Dress

So, now that I have reviewed my favorite Fall 2011 trends, which is your favorite?

Wear White, Cream, Ivory After Labor Day

Today is the first day after Labor Day, in otherwise known as the day after the last day it is socially appropriate to wear white.

I scoff, balk and laugh at that rule.  White is a neutral color, and in shades of cream, vanilla, and ivory it an essential for winter.  Fall/Winter White speaks to the dreamy life that Michael Kors has created for the luxe urbanite enjoying city living, and that Ralph Lauren has perpetuated for the girl who dreams of a mountain home and a ride on her own horse.

Do not be afraid of white for fall.  Here are some great ways to use white as a neutral all year round.

White is All Right, all year long

 Source: Stripe Sweater, Skirt, Booties, Sweater, Denim, Loafers, Sweater, Cords, Slippers, Dress, Boots

Tips to wearing white in winter:

  • Pay attention to fabric: this is not time for lace, eyelet, linen or cotton
  • Pair with neutral: white pairs beautifully with camels, golds, grays, black, and saturated navy, reds and greens.
  • Keep it clean: the beauty of this look is how it crisp it plays.  No one likes dingy whites, no matter the season.


Deco for Fall 2011

I have always loved the art deco aesthetic.  Growing up in South Florida it wasn’t uncommon to take a day trip to South Beach and see the old art deco hotels (Colony, Raleigh, National) and go to the Art Deco Show on Ocean Drive.  Similarly I have had the opportunity to play dress up in, and admire the jewelry of my nanny and nana who have collected in this style for many years.  So, it was quite a delight to see it on the Fall 2011 Runways.

The look of the art deco style is draped silks and fabrics, a dramatic but skinny v-neckline, sleek hair, dresses galore, sparkle, and large often geometric bejeweled bracelets, rings and earrings.

My favorites from the runway:

Deco for Fall: Ralph Lauren, Tracy Reese, Naeem Khan

What is lovely about the art deco style is that there is simplicity in the silhouette but not without making a statement.  Even a simple black dress can make a bold statement with this kind of execution.

So, lucky for us (me!) J.Crew has done a fall collection of art deco inspired jewelry with Lulu Frost, a jewelry brand founded in 2004 by Lisa Salzer.  Here are some of my favorites for your jewelry box.

Lulu Frost for J. Crew

And should you wish to try the art deco style, here are some favorites for your wardrobe:

Deco for Fall 2011

Source: Sheath, Tank, Dress, Mini Dress, Pump, Tank Dress, Kimono, Top

More trends coming soon!  Are there trends you want to see visualized?  Do tell in the comments!

Black Magic for Fall 2011

It’s time to get ourselves ready, and by ourselves I mean our closets, for fall.  I have already made a visual wish list for Julie, and now I am working through my favorites themes from Fall Fashion Week 2011.

The pervasive theme for fall was bold and highly saturated color, however, we would be kidding ourselves to think that fashion would abandon the non-color, color black.

My favorites from the runway:

L - R: Ralph Lauren, Elie Tahari, Milly by Michelle Smith, Michael Kors

On first glance, they have nothing in common beyond their color.  But look further… There is movement, exoticism, layering, something special.  This is not your basic black. This is high-powered, glamorous, strong, fierce and sophisticated.

And, I’d like to think, that when paired together well, these pieces exude that same kind of magic.

Black Magic - Fall 2011

Source: Maxi, Shift, Shirt, Tee, Pleat Skirt, Legging, Maxi Skirt, Jacket, Cape, Necklace, Cuff, Cuff

More color coming soon!  Are there trends you want to see visualized?  Do tell in the comments!

Fall Wish List, for Julie

The other day I had the following conversation with my sister, Julie:

Me: What is on your fall wish list?

Julie: Replace my Chinese Laundry brown boots with boots that I enjoy with jeans, leggings and skirts b/c those don’t go with skirts and I need to be able to wear boots to work, colored denim – in a red and maybe an awesome blue or mustard or something – no jackets, I’m prob good on scarves, ooh I kind of want a suede flat – like a boat shoe or loafer, obviously more maxi dresses and like 3-4 awesome sweaters in bright fall colors – purple, green, etc – and that’s it for now

Me: great job, nice selections

Julie: Thank you

Me: I particularly like how you say, “enjoy” with skirts

What I like about this look: It is a mix of a lot of things, with a focus on color.  Julie often has a bolder vibe than I do, but walks the fine line between DC conservative and bohemia.

Julie’s Fall
Source: Maxi Dress, Stripe Dress, Sweater Dress, Polish, Loafers, SlippersCardigan, Sequin Top, Sequin Cardigan, Envelope, Maxi Skirt, Midi Skirt, Skinny Jean, Flare Jean, Suede Boots

What do you think, Jules?

What is on your fall wish list?