1/ Meow Mix
A little bit ladylike and a little bit cheeky, feline animal print is a closet go-to can that can be worn from head-to-toe as a statement or in accessories to add a pop to any outfit.
Don’t want to look like you’ve escaped from Tarzan’s arms? Insert one piece (like a coat) into your regular wardrobe. A little goes a long way.
GET THE LOOK:
Paige Cleobelle Leopard-Print Tie-Neck Blouse, $312.82; paige.com
Karen Walker Miss Lark Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses, Red Pattern, $300.53; karenwalker.com
Viktoria Hayman Tiger Wood Statement Cuff Bracelet, $308.75; viktoriahayman.com
Gap Circle Buckle Belt Leopard Print, $39.95; gapcanada.ca
Zara long animal print dress, $79.90 ; zara.com/ca
Franck Muller Cintree Curvex 18K Rose Gold Watch with Alligator Strap, $19746.25; franckmuller.com
Valentino Garavani VLTN Leather Combat Boots, $1502.58; valentino.com
Alice + Olivia Athena Cheetah-Print Midi Skirt w/ Slits, $402.98; aliceandolivia.com
Mansur Gavriel Saffiano Lady Flap Tote Bag , $1296.75; mansurgavriel.com
2/ Cross Section
This pattern is the number one trend – from graphic oversized window pane to colourful interpretations, you should get checked!
GET THE LOOK:
Gucci leather mid heel pump; gucci.com
Ganni Merkel Blazer, $549 ; ganni.com
Lack of Colour AUS Beret in camel, $69; lackofcolor.com.au
Oscar de la Renta Crystal Dandelion Brooch, $399.71; oscardelarenta.com
Edie Parker Python Mini Top Handle Bag, $2,740.29; edie-parker.com
Dolce & Gabbana L’Amore è Bellezza Cap-Sleeve Graphic-Print T-Shirts, $404.80; dolcegabbana.com
Zara plaid pants , $35.90; zara.com/ca
3/ A Folk Story
A mix of fairytale, ethereal, and Americana evoke a renewed folk sensibility for fall.
Blends of old and new fabrics, draped silhouettes and unexpected combinations appeared throughout the fall 2018 shows. Floor sweeping maxi dresses worn with chunky knits were seen at Dior, while at Chanel, classic tweed was revitalized with a modern metallic boot. In terms of fabric knits, crochet, patchwork and quilting with suede and shearling for good measure appeared on runways from Libertine, Simone Rocha and Sonya Rykiel to Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton.
At Coach, delicate full length maxi dresses with precious velvet bows paired with suede outerwear and leather handbags to best display the craftsman-like quality of clothing this season. While a nod to American cowboy vibes, with a mix of cozy capes, button-up Western-influenced blouses and leather tassels could be seen at Calvin Klein, Stella Mcartney and Isabel Marant.
The key to avoid veering off-piste into a rehashing of 1970’s hippie? A clever mix of homespun comfort with differing fabric and textures, metallic accessories and of course, laid back attitude.
4/ Fashion Math: Pleated Skirt + Sweater + Metallic Loafers
Riff on the run of the mill pleated midi with an updated version (think metallic, stripe and lace fabric) with a quirky graphic sweater, metallic loafers and you are set to pull of this cool quirky look
Top Gucci Mystic cat wool knit sweater, $1,300; gucci.com Skirt Tibi Color Block Skirt with Tie , $375; tibi.com Shoes Ferragamo Gancini Moccasin, $675; ferragamo.com (Right): Top Prada Intarsia wool sweater, $741; prada.com Skirt Three Floor gothic garden Skirt; threefloorfashion.com Purse MCM Worldwide Dessau Shopper in Grained Leather, $1,550; mcmworldwide.com Earrings Lagos Signature Caviar Triple Drop Earrings, $516.87; lagos.com Shoes Me Too Audra Loafer Flat, $89.95; metooshoes.com
5/ Polished Perfection
At Louis Vuitton, designer Nicolas Ghesquière paraded models down the runway with their best sci-fi version of Napoleonic era sophistication- black piping detail, cropped jackets, luxurious leather with a mix of both cocoon-like silhouettes and well-tailored blazers and trousers. Versace was playful, showing off well-fit suits, elegant peacoats with pops of colourful plaid and gold accessories, while at Fendi, structured dressing was the theme. If there’s three pieces everyone can add to their wardrobe, it’s a classic wool maxi coat, comfortable heeled leather booties and a doctor-style handbag. Chic wearable style, suitable for the office or date night.
Zara Double-breasted coat, $219; zara.com
Urban Originals Art Escape Vegan Leather Satchel; $121.29; uo.com.au
Jeffrey Campbell ‘Legion’ High Heel Boot, $226.57; jeffreycampbellshoes.com
Banana Republic Reversible wool coat, $280; bananarepublic.ca
Trademark Sybil croc embossed leather tote, $ 683.37; trade-mark.com
Diane von Furstenberg Dakota Lace-Up Bootie, $587.89; world.dvf.com
Sentaler Long Wide Collar Wrap Coat, Camel, $1,695; sentaler.ca
YSL Loulou Large shopping bag in matelassé “Y” leather, $ 2,550; ysl.com
Coach Lucy Platform Bootie , $515.02; ca.coach.com
This original Fall 2018 fashion trends article first appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.
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