Trend Alert: Fall 2014

With only five days until the official start of fall, I am anxiously waiting to break out my chunky sweaters and riding boots. Although the weather (in DC, at least) has not totally cooled off, I am more than ready to ditch my bikinis and sundresses! In preparing for the autumn breeze, I have been constantly keeping up on possible trends for Fall 2014. After consulting several official reports, such as the Pantone Fashion Color Report and Vogue, here are my predictions for the hot new trends this fall;

Vests

From fur to suede and anywhere in between, a girl can never have enough vests! Versatile yet uber stylish vests offer a refined edge to any outfit. Check out this fabulous fur vest from the Isabel Marant Fall 2014 runway.

© Vogue

© Vogue

Capes & Ponchos

Another essential fall outwear piece, both capes and ponchos offer an exciting and unique twist to a simple pair of jeans and leather boots. Here, Roberto Cavali shows a minimalistic poncho in black and white and Valentio reveals a more whimsical and editorial cape from the Fall 2014 runway.

© Vogue

© Vogue

Harem Pants

Sadly, we must leave the fabulous palazzo pant in August and discover an alternative for this fall. Well, harem pants are just the replacement! Loose and slightly slouchy, flared trousers present an effortless look for fall. Despite the possibility of being a tough look to pull, Diane von Furstenberg’s models looks gorgeous.

© Runway Daily

© Runway Daily

Knitwear

Who doesn’t love a comfy knit sweater? According to the Fall 2014 runway, you can now wear head-t0-toe knit and still be on the best dressed list. Once again, another garment that wears better on the runway than in daily life, knitwear can be tricky. Don’t be afraid to try one piece (at a time) this fall, instead of the full ensemble as in Marc Jacob’s line.

© Vogue

© Vogue

Fur & Feathers

Love adding a little spunk to a dull outfit? Then fur and feathers (in the right proportions) are your new BFFs! Luxe fur can create an illusion of a much more sophisticated garment; whereas, light feathers can add some youth and fun to any piece. The Fendi fur coat looks lavish on the runway and Lanvin’s dark feather ensemble exudes understated playfulness.

© Vogue

© Vogue

Cobalt Blue

Who doesn’t love a good jewel tone? These gorgeous and rich colors complement majority of skin tones and add luster to any outfit! Cobalt blue, in particular, is an extremely brilliant color that translates well into dresses, coats, trousers and anything in between. Stella McCartney uses the jewel tone in conduction with crisp black and pure white to polish off her garment.

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© Style.com

Army Green

Practically a neutral, army green gives a simply stylish and sassy edge to any simple fall outfit. Relatively easy to translate from high fashion on the runway to ready-to-wear garments, army green will be extremely prevalent “on the streets” this fall. Balmain plays with structure and color to create an “army-inspired” look in terms of both color and silhouette.

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© Vogue

 Vibrant Prints

Slip on your sunglasses; the next few looks are anything but boring! The sixties may have passed, but they did not take their fabrics with them. Bright and geometric patterns are back and better than ever! Although a fully printed ensemble may come across a “costume-y,” a patterned piece here or there can really spice up a dull outfit. Prada, Chloe and Valentino all showed fabulously vibrant prints on the runway this fall.

© Vogue

© Vogue

Whether you are read or not for fall to descend upon us, it’s on its way! And there’s no better way to prepare than to make sure your closet is at its fullest potential for style and and trends. Although I’m partial to a washed pair of jeans and a trendy sweater, I hope to incorporate my predictions into my wardrobe!

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Fashion Week Faux Pas

Another fabulous Fashion Week has come and gone! With such a busy schedule during the week, I spent my weekend catching up on some shows via http://newyorkfashionweeklive.com/live. From Tory Burch and Rebecca Minkoff to J. Crew and Michael Kors, the Spring 2015 lines are beyond fabulous!

©  Lucky Magazine

© Lucky Magazine

Aside from the major designers who receive worldwide recognition, some up & coming (yet fictional) designers made their way onto the scene thanks to Jimmy Kimmel. In true Fashion Week fashion (punny, I know), several self-proclaimed fashion gurus shared their opinions on fabricated designers. For a good laugh, watch Jimmy Kimmel prove just how shallow some fashion fans can be!

Classic & Timeless: Fashion

Having recently read the tediously long novel, Anna Karenina, for my English class, I noticed that Tolstoy repeatedly divulges some interesting tidbits about various characters clothing choices. Set in seventeenth century Russia, fashion was quite different than today- in terms of the garments themselves. But, one thing that has not changed (and hopefully never will) is how women want to look in their clothing. This poignant element of fashion has remained constant for centuries, as all women usually have the intentions of looking their very best.

In the following passage, the Russian aristocrats are off to enjoy themselves at a lavish ball full of pomp and circumstance: “Kitty had been seeing Anna every day; she adored her, and had pictured her invariably in lilac. But now seeing her in black, she felt that she had not fully seen her charm. She saw her now as some one quite new and surprising to her. Now she understood that Anna could not have been in lilac, and that her charm was just that she always stood out against her attire, that her dress could never be noticeable on her. And her black dress, with its sumptuous lace, was not noticeable on her; it was only the frame, and all that was seen was she- simple, natural, elegant, and at the same time gay and eager” (Tolstoy 75).

In describing the beauty of Anna and her garment, Tolstoy reveals timeless truths about women’s fashion. Like Anna, most women desire to wear their clothing and not allow their clothing to wear them. Women want to be seen for their beauty- inside and out- not simply have their garments viewed as beautiful. True and palpable beauty is not material- found in clothing and make-up- but it comes from within. Although, superficial items (such as Anna’s black lace gown) can enhance a woman’s natural beauty. An enduring topic in today’s culture, fashion provides the ability of self-expression. Tolstoy delivers a unique yet timeless view of women and how they choose to present themselves.

For a better visual of Anna’a sumptuous black lace gown, watch this clip from the motion picture Anna Karenina. 

 

Trend Alert: Palazzo Pants

Want something as comfy as pajamas yet as chic as a cocktail dress? Well, you’re in luck! Although summer is slowly drawing to a close, it’s never too late to snag yourself a pair of fabulous palazzo pants.  

Whether I was sauntering to the beach or headed out to dinner, my palazzo pants were my “go-to” summer piece. Pair them with a simple tank, some fun baubles and wedges, and you have the perfect summer outfit! 

In last night’s #ootd to commemorate the end of summer, I slipped on my Lilly Pulitzer palazzo pants. A Warehouse Sale find, these pants are amazing AND they were a bargain! Don’t forget to get your online shop on (or do it the old fashion way), and find yourself a pair a spectacular palazzo pants!

©  Bridget Donahue, 2014

© Bridget Donahue, 2014

Top: Black Tank Top, Forever 21

Bottom: Iris Blue Loopy Elephant Palazzo Pants, Lilly Pulitzer

Shoes: Tan Wedges, Vince Camuto

Jewelry: Gold & Tortoise Link Watch, Michael Kors // Black & Gold Sunburst Pendant, House of Harlow