What’s on tap for fall 2010? Many trends continue where spring left off—with one major exception. Phoebe Philo of Celine has almost single-handedly ushered in a subtle shift in sensibility and proportion that’s more ladylike and grownup. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of dark, slinky, narrow, aggressiveness this season. But Philo’s look is more refined, the silhouettes more relaxed. Think elegant navy wool cashmere jackets, silk blouses, belted waists, and slim pants. Lest it seem too staid, there was plenty of leather in unexpected places, along with one of my all-time favorite combos—navy with black.
The stage thus set, here are the must-haves to add to your fall fashion wish list as well as some of my own fall goodies that I am just jonesing to wear!
Trousers this season are going to be a bit straighter than the legging-skinniness of seasons past—still VERY slim, but not as clingy.
Buy Chloé Straight-Leg Wool Pants, $585, at net-a-porter.com
With this season’s slew of incredible bags, it’s so difficult to pick a favorite. Remember, no “flash.” Think “under the the radar,” not logos! I am loving these buttery-soft messenger bags from Angelino Clare Vivier. At $345, it’s a lot of style for the price, and they come in a great array of colors. I got a black one and one in winter white. And I love how you can wear them across your body messenger-style or as a satchel.
Buy Clare Vivier Messenger Bag, $345, at clarevivier.com
Yes, it’s leopard, the sequel! So, resurrect something from last fall or indulge in a scarf. I like leopard print as an accessory, but go for the full-on leopard dress if you’re bold enough—just keep the rest of the ensemble ultra simple and pared down.
Buy YSL Leopard-Print Cashmere-Blend Scarf, $995, at net-a-porter.com
If there is one new color emerging, it’s bright red. While the biggest news for fall color (or noncolor, I should say) is camel, camel, camel (you are probably sick of reading this everywhere already!), the red accents seen on the runways were a personal favorite. Red is such a great way to punctuate a neutral fall wardrobe. So, go glam with some red Lanvin shoes, a swipe of red lipstick (matte, not shiny!), or red nail polish.
Buy Lanvin Patent Pump (here in Dark Red), $795, at kirnazabete.com
Apparently, it’s time to enlist. Witness this Stella McCartney coat, a shorter Diane Von Furstenberg jacket, and skinny cargo pants from J Brand, which sent shoppers into a feeding frenzy this spring. So, if you already have them, lucky you!
Buy Stella McCartney Double-Breasted Wool Coat, $1,965, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Diane Von Furstenberg Abbe Sweater Jacket, $395, at shopbop.com
Buy J Brand Houlihan Low-Rise Skinny Cargo Pants, $240, at net-a-porter.com
Nautical stripes aren’t going away yet . . . which makes me so happy. As I sit here writing, I am wearing my navy-and-white-striped summer tee with mini shoulder pads. Tip: Bring a nautical tee into winter by pairing with black slouchy-waist narrow pants. I love to see stripes in a knit for fall.
Buy A.L.C. Cashmere-Blend Striped Sweater, $485, at net-a-porter.com
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