All Dressed Up
From a timeless shift to a flirty cocktail frock, no other fashion staple is as essential to a woman’s wardrobe as the dress. Step into fall with this classic beauty updated in bold colour, artful print, and unexpected fabric choices.
Take the cue from designers’ all-over inspiration, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the purple-pink hue in everything, from a pretty dress to shoes, handbag, and even jewellery. To avoid a matchy-matchy look, pick varying complementary shades rather than a single tone.
Pastel “millennial pink” has had its heyday; now its more sophisticated, grown-up cousin takes the spotlight — a darker, richer palette, spanning the spectrum from purple-infused magenta to bright, juicy fuchsia. And it’s not playing shy: runways at Christian Siriano, Anna Sui, and others showcased the fun shade in bold, head-to-toe looks.
A dramatic dress in an all-over, larger-than-life silk-scarf motif sets the stage for a theatrical ensemble. Top with a sharp overcoat and add opulent gold accessories for an aristocratic take on a night on the town.
Starting with London Fashion Week in February, a silk-scarf trend has rippled out to catwalks worldwide this year. We’ve seen classic vintage scarf prints magnified or woven into the fabrics of dresses, patchwork coats, and handkerchief-style hemlines such as those by French designer Marine Serre, who stockpiled silk scarves for months for the purpose.
Harness tweed’s timeless simplicity in a classic shift dress and blazer duo, a softer update on the skirt suit. Understated yet luxe accents of dark leather and gold complete the office-ready, ladylike look.
Autumnal tweed has never truly gone out of style since the days of Coco Chanel, but this year it’s fully in style, worn with a passion we haven’t seen for years. Going back to the humble fabric’s roots, designers have pulled out rough, knubby heritage tweeds, oversized coats, and masculine cuts, paired with lace, ankle-grazing skirts, and soft leathers for a feminine contrast.
What could be better suited for a decadent night at the opera than a majestically sweeping cape gown? Keep accessories neutral, and add a pair of long gloves and a thigh-high boot for a theatrical twist.
In a grand, drama-filled gesture, flowing capes took on the outerwear role at catwalks everywhere this fall, from big and billowing to structured and sleek, and in every texture imaginable. Dior lined its cloaks with luxurious shearling; Alberta Ferretti favoured leather cloaks; and Erdem dressed the cloak up with jacquard.
FALL IN BLOOM
A richly hued, blossom-emblazoned frock creates a strong focal point for a fall floral ensemble, with a knee-high boot and solid coat bringing it into cool-weather territory.
Floral motifs have long stepped out of their spring-only stereotype, but the ’18 incarnation of fall and winter flowers shows that cool-weather blossoms need not be all about the dark and subdued. Exemplified by Prada’s bright floral coat, the fall’s garden themes tend in favour of the vivid and graphic, with modern, oversized prints replacing small demure buds.
Incorporate the trend without overdoing it by limiting busy logo patterns to one base piece, and keeping the rest of the outfit pared-down with modest accents.
Far from passé, designer and brand logos are back in focus this fall. Anything from iconic all-over monogram prints to big and bold zoomed-in lettering is fair game, with brands such as Gucci, Fendi, and Calvin Klein reviving retro logos and visual messages that appeal to the Instagram crowd.
Decadent full-length fringe lends an air of sophisticated mystique to a little black dress, glammed up with bejewelled accents, metallic shine, and even more sparkling fringe.
No longer delegated to festival wear and boho style, this season’s spin on fringe takes it to all-new luxe heights, draping glamourous gowns and jewelled footwear. Beaded strands and metallic threads shimmered at Gucci, Givenchy, and Carolina Herrera, among others, trailing at skirt hems and shimmying on party frocks.