Fall 2012 Runway Trend: DIY Belted Coats

Posted 23 November 2012 at 10:50 PM | Comments (2)

I used to dread putting on my puffer coat during Chicago winters. It kept me warm, but I always felt enormous… and dowdy.

If only I had thought to cinch my coat with a stretchy waist belt! It doesn’t even have to match your coat exactly—part of the charm in this trend is in its DIY-look. As long as it gives you an hourglass shape, you can put on any damn belt you want.

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: DIY Belted Coats

Belted coats from Albino, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Acne, and Burberry Prorsum.

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Contrast Sleeves

Posted 15 October 2012 at 8:45 PM | Comments (3)

This is the trend you’re probably seeing everywhere without even realizing it! And if you ask me, attracting attention to the arms is pretty sexy—possibly even sexier than revealing skin.

The best part about this trend is that it’s so versatile. This season’s sleeves come in contrasting colors, fabrics, or embellishments, and on just about anything, from coats to sweaters to dresses.

Like on these practical coats from Band of Outsiders, Stella McCartney, BCBG Max Azria, and Belstaff:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Coats with Contrast Sleeves

And on these stylish jackets from Behnaz Sarafpour, Barbara Bui, Opening Ceremony, and Billy Reid:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Jackets with Contrast Sleeves

On casual tops from 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, A.L.C., and Rachel Roy:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Casual Tops with Contrast Sleeves

And on dressy tops from Badgley Mischka, Nanette Lepore, Kenzo, and Markus Lupfer:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dressy Tops with Contrast Sleeves

Contrast sleeves give these dresses a super cool vibe, from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bill Blass, Victoria Beckham, and Martin Grant:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dresses with Contrast Sleeves

And even these fancy dresses have contrasting sheer sleeves, from Prabal Gurung, Alberta Ferretti, Vera Wang, and BCBG Max Azria:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dresses with Sheer Sleeves

Wouldn’t it be nice if the olive green Victoria Beckham dress would magically appear in my closet right now?

There are so many more fall trends I want to cover, but I’ve been preoccupied with other things lately. Do I even have any readers left? If yes, I love you, and thank you. I’ll try to be back very soon.

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Side Panels

Posted 22 September 2012 at 5:20 PM | Comments (2)

I’m calling them side panels for lack of a better term. And this trend, my friends, is huge. So if you think of a better term, tell me.

So! Side panels were all over fall runways.

Side panels appeared along sleeves at Bill Blass, Missoni, A.L.C., and BCBG Max Azria:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Side Panel Stripe on Sleeves

Down the length of pants at Celine, A.L.C., 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Christopher Kane:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Tuxedo Pants or Side Panel Trousers

And cutting into sides of dresses at Bottega Veneta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone, and Victoria Beckham:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Slimming Side Panel Dresses

I don’t know if I should rock the side panel sleeves because of my broad shoulders, but the dresses are supremely doable, since they—as I’m sure you’ve already noticed on many celebrities—are very slimming. And the tuxedo pants remind me of high school, so I want to wear them solely for that reason.

So who’s already wearing this trend, and who’s planning to shop for it?

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Red Tights

Posted 6 August 2012 at 10:37 PM | Comments (2)

People like to complain about how runway trends can be so impractical, but they’ve actually become more practical in recent years. Perhaps the economy has forced designers to dress their models in clothes we can actually wear in fall and winter—big parkas, chunky sweaters, and warm boots, for example—except these very practical items have been given exceedingly stylish makeovers.

Like tights. This season, they showed up all over runways in bold reds. Practical, yes; and yet, they make a strong statement.

Check out the hot red tights at Norma Kamali, Issa, Cacharel, and John Galliano:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Red Colored Tights

And darker red tights at Charlotte Ronson, A.P.C., Gary Graham, and Vivienne Westwood Red Label:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dark Red/Burgundy/Oxblood Tights

How should you wear red tights?

Refer to the runways for the most current way to wear this look. In every image above, red tights are worn with skirts and dresses above the knee; everything else in the outfit is kept neutral or in matching red; and don’t cover up your legs with a tall boot (in fact, it seems a matching red heel is supremely appropriate).

Red was a designer favorite this season, so watch out, because it’ll continue to show up all over my blog, too. As they say: go red or go home! (Wait, is that what they say? People say all sorts of things. I can’t keep track.)

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Red and Black Lace

Posted 4 August 2012 at 5:28 PM | Comments (0)

I love this fall trend. It marries flamenco sultriness with Upper East Side glamour and then runs away with the goth bridesmaid.

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Red and Black Lace

Red and black lace looks from Lanvin, Tadashi Shoji, Givenchy, and Jason Wu.

*Runway images from Style.com.

The Freshest Way to Wear Mint Green

Posted 12 July 2012 at 11:26 PM | Comments (3)

It’s interesting that fashionistas and style bloggers everywhere picked up on this color trend so strongly. Mint green showed up on the spring runways for sure, but it was nowhere near as explosive as light blue, and it wasn’t that consistent, either. Meaning it wasn’t just mint green—it was a huge variety of light greens, from mint to celadon, sage to spring.

Yet for some reason, it was mint green that resonated with the average consumer. I’m guessing it has something to do with our current fascination with anything that reminds us of childhood (see: sequins, cupcakes, and glitter). Whatever the reason, mint green went from being a color I merely noticed on the runway last year to being a color that’s in my face this summer.

Anyway, on to the fun part! My friends have been asking how they should wear this trendy color. So let’s go to my favorite fashion consultant, the spring 2012 runway shows.

Question: Which mint green pieces should I buy?

A Floaty Dress
Inspired by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Jaeger London, Richard Nicoll, and Sportmax:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green Floaty Dresses

A Floaty Skirt
Inspired by Rodarte, Aquilano e Rimondi, Jill Stuart, and Veronique Leroy:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green Floaty Skirts

An Everyday Suit
Inspired by Christian Cota, Jill Stuart, Sportmax, and Fashion East:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green Everyday Suits

A Knit Sweater
Inspired by Alice and Olivia, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, and Marc Jacobs:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green Knit Sweaters

Something Satiny
Inspired by Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Christopher Kane, and Barbara Tfank:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green Satiny Fabrics

Something with a Mint/Peach/Yellow Ombré Pattern
Inspired by Paolo Frani, Etro, Christian Cota, and Alice and Olivia:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green/Peach/Yellow Ombre Patterns

Question: What should I wear mint green with?

With Pale Pink
Inspired by Ralph Lauren, Christopher Kane, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green with Pale Pink

With Leopard Print
Inspired by Angelo Marani (x2), J.Crew, House of Holland:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green with Leopard Print

With a Jade Green Accent
Inspired by Massimo Rebecchi, Antonio Berardi, Rubin Chapelle, and Louis Vuitton:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Mint Green with Darker Jade Green

There you have it! If you study these images closely, you’ll see that many themes and color pairings are repeated across categories, one of my favorites being the combination of mint green with either pink, peach, or yellow. But my absolute favorite recurring theme is the most unexpected one: pale green with a dark green accent. It’s the freshest look of all, and I’m dying to try it out.

I’m hoping to blog a bit more this month, so until next trend…!

A Mens’ Shirt at Alexis Mabille

Posted 7 May 2012 at 3:34 PM | Comments (0)

Alexis Mabille’s spring 2012 collection restructured menswear into feminine shapes, like on this model, who has a mens’ shirt tied around her like a bustier. It’s cute, it’s creative, and because it’s the subject of an Internet meme that dates as far back as 2008, it’s also pop-culture-relevant—which makes me think that Alexis Mabille has a great sense of humor.

Alexis Mabille Spring 2012 Runway Mens' Shirt Worn as a Womens' Bustier

Roland Mouret’s Greece

Posted 24 April 2012 at 11:14 AM | Comments (0)

Next month, we’re taking a short trip to Crete. I KNOW! I’m insanely excited.

I actually feel a bit desperate for this holiday, not because I need relaxation but because I need adventure. As a stay-at-home mom, I take my kids to the park almost daily, so I don’t really need to sit around and watch my kids more. What I need is thrill. The kind of thrill that only a brand-new place can bring.

So every now and then I force these holidays upon my husband and children (not that they mind—pretty much all we talk about these days is all the amazing things we’re going to do in Crete—but I basically ignore anything they say for several days until I’ve picked dates and bought airplane tickets and planned our itinerary). And Crete is so close to us, so why not, right?

Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about my travel wardrobe (are you surprised? Click here and here). I think I’ve pretty much settled what I’m packing, but it’s all so dang boring.

My dream Crete travel wardrobe? Anything from Roland Mouret’s spring line.

Spring 2012 Runway Greek-Inspired Looks by Roland Mouret

His entire spring collection, as Hamish Bowles put it, is “suffused with the spirit of the Mediterranean and the islands of the Aegean.” The 1950s flavor, vibrant colors, Greek eyes, and even the two-strap sandals feel so movie-star-on-Greek-isle-holiday. And that, my friends, is pretty much the trip I want to take.

Spring 2012 Runway Greek-Inspired Looks by Roland Mouret

Unfortunately, none of these dresses fit the size of my wallet nor my travel itinerary. Could you see any of these on horseback? Or trekking mountain gorges? Or playing in the sand with my kids? No, I didn’t think so. So it’s back to boring for me. Boring wardrobe, adventurous life. What is one to do?

Spring 2012 Runway Trend: Embellished Collars

Posted 7 April 2012 at 7:11 PM | Comments (0)

I love this trend because it’s new to me. At no other point in my life were embellished collars a hot-hot item. So if I was shopping right now, this would be at the top of my must-have list (hint, hint)!

Cool collars from Derek Lam, Balmain, and Jason Wu:

Spring 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Embellished Collars

*Individual runway images from Elle.com.

Emily Blunt, Wear This

Posted 6 April 2012 at 4:32 PM | Comments (0)

I want to put Emily Blunt in this insane Paco Rabanne dress from his spring collection. I know it’s more bold and daring than her usual style, but the color and shape are so great for her.

Emily Blunt in Paco Rabanne Spring 2012