september’s new styles strait off the runway

It’s September, the New Year’s Eve of the fashion world, and everyone is ready to redraw the lines. This season, designers shifted from simple cuts to intricate assemblages and from highly ornamented fabrics to pure threads. Taste of Life gathered up the cornucopia of new styles to help you expertly update your wardrobe.  

 Leonard Paris
Leonard Paris

 Dolce&Gabbana
Dolce&Gabbana

 Burberry Prorsum
Burberry Prorsum

 

cape town

Little Red Riding Hood had the right idea; capes are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall. Right now, designers are updating her monochrome version with demure embroidery and softly-lit patterns. And remember, collars speak volumes.

 Valentino
Valentino

 Valentino
Valentino

 Burberry
Burberry

 Etro
Etro

 Elie Saab
Elie Saab

 BCBG
BCBG

 Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo

 

FUR TRADE

Fur is a must this fall. Most designers experimented with cut-and-sew and colour blocking and the result is a playing field set for a whole new game. From Valentino to Fendi, fur’s new look is bold and fun with an elegant twist.

 Fendi
Fendi

 Marni
Marni

 Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent

 J. Mendel
J. Mendel

 Dsquared2
Dsquared2

 Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim

 Valentino
Valentino

 

PRETTY KNIT

For fall knits, designers went all the way, totally redefining the knit identity as we know it. A go-to outfit can now include knit pants or a skirt to match your classic, cozy sweater. Keep your eyes peeled for knit blazers, too. 

 Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo

 Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent

 Céline
Céline

 Chloé
Chloé

 Michael Kors
Michael Kors

 Derek Lam
Derek Lam

 Nina Ricci
Nina Ricci

 

FOR SHEER

Goddess-like dresses in light silks and crepes dominate the runways, as though to make us yearn for summer still. Frocks now are fluid and flowing in refined body lengths — like autumn foliage in a landscape painting.

 Oscar De La Renta
Oscar De La Renta

 Dolce&Gabbana
Dolce&Gabbana

 Givenchy
Givenchy

 Christian Dior
Christian Dior

 Valentino
Valentino

 Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera

 Burberry
Burberry

 

TOP COAT

Your fall coat… is it long, three quarters or short? Length matters not, as long as the line is clean. With a big, prominent collar and a belt, you’re off and running.

 Burberry
Burberry

 Boss Women
Boss Women

 Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera

 Dries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten

 Altuzarra
Altuzarra

 Balenciaga
Balenciaga

 Blumarine
Blumarine

 

SUIT YOURSELF

Going back to work? Break out all your best finishing touches and don contemporary suit pieces that bring out your personality. No longer plain and simple, this fall’s suits are tailored with so much beauty and complexity that they can be worn from the office to cocktails to parties.

 Emporio Armani 
Emporio Armani 

 Givenchy
Givenchy

 Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani

 Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren

 Boss Women
Boss Women

 Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane

 Aquilano Rimondi
Aquilano Rimondi

 

OPTICAL INFUSION

Don’t over-focus on the prints; you might see stars or get dizzy from this season’s burst of lush patterns. Designers decided to play havoc with our eyes, offering a stunning array of geometric patterns that definitely bring an urban feel to Fall 2014.

 Chanel
Chanel

 Diane von Fürstenberg
Diane von Fürstenberg

 Prada
Prada

 Carven
Carven

 Peter Pilotto
Peter Pilotto

 Preen
Preen

 Stella Jean
Stella Jean

 

royal treatment

Despite a cooling of the trend, your inner noblewoman can still look forward to a few embellishments this season. Dolce & Gabana, Mary Katrantzou, and Oscar de la Renta have proved that rich, multi-textured and embroidered garments are just the ticket when we need to look ultra-put together. 

 Dolce&Gabbana
Dolce&Gabbana

 Givenchy
Givenchy

 Erdem
Erdem

 Mary Katrantzou
Mary Katrantzou

 Alberta Ferretti
Alberta Ferretti

 Dolce&Gabbana
Dolce&Gabbana

 Nina Ricci
Nina Ricci

Leonard Paris: Photo by Dominique Charriau/Saint Laurent: Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Marni: Photo by Stefania D’Alessandro/Derek Lam: Photo by Arun Nevader/Michael Kors: Photo by Neilson Barnard/Oscar De La Renta: Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Nina Ricci: Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Boss Women: Photo by Arun Nevader/Aquilano Rimondi: Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Christopher Kane: Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Ralph Lauren: Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

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