I love, love, love Fashion Month. I follow the shows online, on Instagram, and definitely maybe sometimes on the work clock. Hey, Paris is hours ahead and fashion stops for no one.
But runway trends don’t always translate to the real world. That’s where street style fills the void. The looks that hit the pavement in New York, London, Milan, and Paris are more practical and (typically) more wallet-friendly than those on the catwalks, which makes them perfect fodder for fashion innovation. The outfits are fresh, and often times they’re already living in your closet and waiting for you to breathe new life into them.
So, here’s a LONG OVERDUE roundup of the Fashion Month SS looks I’m drawing inspiration from right now.
New month, new mood. Well, we’re half way through September already, but cut me a break.
Anyway, fall is, was, and always will be my favorite season. Not just because of my birthday (October 10th, pencil it in), but because of the cool air and warm colors. So naturally when I stepped on my first crunchy leaves yesterday I was elated. I mean, I very nearly wore my favorite oversized sweater today before I checked the weather and realized it was going to be sunny and 90 degrees.
I pumped the breaks wardrobe-wise, but you’d better believe I’m dreaming sweet, sweet dreams of over-the-knee boots, brisk jacket weather, and all the rich lipstick shades I stashed away for the summer.
So today I’m serving up ochre and rust. The two colors are all at once natural and luxe, cozy and daring, and supremely autumn.
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Yes, I’m talking about braided pigtails. The quintessential summer camp ‘do has recently been back in my hairstyle rotation because they’re so easy and because my momma thinks they’re cute. She’s in good company — FKA Twigs, Alexa Chung, and instagram-favorite Tessa Barton sport the look too. I challenge you to name three cooler chicks (actually please do in the comments because I want to know all the cool chicks).
No need to fuss with the fancy braids you could never master in high school. Lauren Conrad set the bar too high, am I right? Two traditional braids and two hair elastics are all you need to master this sweet, no-fuss look. I’m pairing mine with my trusted bandanna all weekend at Hinterland, but scroll through for some of my other favorite ways to style them.
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Couture week is the pinnacle of all fashion events. And I love it. The one-of-kind, handmade pieces are the results of thousands of hours of hard work, and it shows. So much credit is due to the masterful ateliers who craft these collections. I mean, Karl Lagerfeld didn’t send two shows down runways by himself.
Unlike ready-to-wear collections, these collections offer designers the chance to invest time and money into luxurious looks I’ll never ever have the chance to wear. So I admire it all from afar. Indulge me right now and pour over my findings.
These boots are made for strutting
Guys. Statement boots aren’t going anywhere. If you haven’t yet invested in a pair — or three — you still have time and so. many. options. In the coming seasons we’ll be pairing metallic, star spangled, blue velvet, and floral embroidered booties with everything and I’m totally here for it.
We’ll all be seeing (and wearing) red
Red is one color conspicuously absent from my wardrobe, but designers have never been shy about sending it down the runway (looking at you, Valentino). Maybe it’s the color’s association with luxury and glamour that makes it feel over-the-top for everyday, but if the couture shows are any indication, we’re all about to make rich reds a wardrobe staple. And not just at Christmas.
The theme of the week was Ready-to-Wear?
More than one fashion label opted to show RTW or Resort collections in a week traditionally set aside for haute couture. The move might just be a strategic one to put collections in front of buyers earlier, but even couture collections were remarkably pret-a-porter by most standards. Classic silhouettes, muted and monochromatic color palettes, and playful street wear were in abundance.
Femininity reigns supreme
This isn’t a surprise. Couture week is after all a confluence of the finest techniques and most laborious handy work, which more often than not bring to life sweet appliques, diaphanous gowns, and lust-worthy laces. The sum of these evokes an enchanting feminine quality. This couture week did not let us down — Elie Saab, Fendi, Zuhair Murad, Rodarte, and Giambattista Valli all sent frothy, ornamental collections down runways that played like a dream sequence.
But other labels packed girl-power-punch in less ostensible ways. Dior’s show could just as easily have played out in 1940s Paris with looks that nodded to female icons like Amelia Earhart. For Proenza Schuler’s European debut, the New York design duo recruited French ateliers to add couture details to the ready-to-wear collection. Described as a “commitment to beauty,” the show breathed modern life into conventionally feminine details — nipped-in waistlines, lace, florals, and ruffles.
Bonus: Kendall Jenner is a still a queen