If styled correctly, a look book has worlds of inspiration to offer. La Garçonne, a stellar online retailer for fashion-forward pieces, has done its Autumn/Winter '08 more than just right. Look after look, it provides visual tips on how to wear your favorite Fall pieces. Knit dresses, wool coats, pleated pants, and denim shorts are just some of the outfits explored. As exemplified by this look, the look book teaches the art of layering. If an effortlessly cool look is what you seek, you've come to the right place.
Among the things I love about Fall is that you can dress comfortably without being slobby. Roomy sweaters are the way to go — they provide warmth, hide the effects of comfort food, and make you a feel like a bundle of cool.
Shopbop has a collection of sweaters that fit the bill. This b.chyll Sable Cashmere Sweater ($418) is extra spacious and comes with handy oversize pockets. Sweet. Just be sure to keep the bottom portion of your outfit slim to balance out the look.
After taking a five-year hiatus from advertising, Alexander McQueen relaunched his campaign efforts with his Fall '08 collection. I've always fancied mythical forest nymphs, so naturally, I was drawn to his whimsical theme. The design mastermind cast model Alice Gibb to play in his Gothic-inspired ad shot by Craig McDean. Gibb portrays a beautiful forest nymph in a huge bird's nest. Her silk and organza lace dress is beyond amazing and I love how her fiery red hair looks tangled in the nest. The contrast of her milky skin tone against the dark backdrop is perfection. What do you think?
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The day Zara comes out with its Fall catalogue is the day I really look forward to updating my autumnal wardrobe. Zara has everything from trendy to classic pieces at affordable prices — the quality isn't bad either.
I already got the pleated gray pants from Spring; now all I need are cozy sweaters and coats to complete the look. Current offerings include slick-as-hell outerwear, oversize menswear suits, faux fur vests, kimono-style wrap dresses, and more. Sasha Pivarova does such a stellar job at making the clothes look high-end, she makes me want to run to Zara, like now.
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Rock & Republic stuck to what it knew best for its Fall Campaign — rock. That said Malgosia Bela and Vladimir Roitfeld look pretty bored for portraying rock stars. The photo shoot, shot by Mark Segal and directed by Julia Roitfeld, depicts the two in their R&R gear amongst a slew of amplifiers and wires. The set looks stark and overly clean; musicians don't live like that!
Julia should of added a little dirt and grime to make the scene more realistic. On the plus side, the clothes are great and Malgosia looks rocker ready in her boots and fur. What do you think?
I shared my 10 Fall Essentials, but now realize it was a tad insensitive to dangle gorgeously expensive items at you when the economy is dire. To make up for it, I present the budget shopper's guide to Fall. It has similar items to my original list, only cheaper versions. You'll find nothing over $50. Does that sound good? Let's get the shopping festivities started with a jeweled stunner that adds spunk to any outfit.
Who ever said models were dainty? Not me. They get to wear coveted clothes and attend fabulous parties, but what about posing mid-air on a ladder, or in this case, lugging around an ox in the frigid snowy mountains? Leave it to Hermes to create yet another masterpiece with its Fall ad campaign.
The trooper is Mariacarla Boscono, whom you may recognize from Pucci's psychedelic Fall campaign. This time around, the beautiful donna is looking wintry lovely in Hermes's mosaic-print skirt, fur-lined coat, and sumptuous suede boots. The ox, of course, is adorned with Hermes elements as well. The snowy alps is a perfect backdrop to these colorful offerings. First came the elephants, now oxen, I can't wait to see what's next!
Take a close look. Do you notice the subtle juxtaposition between the smooth leather and suede of these Oscar de la Renta Leather Boots ($1,195)? This expert two-toned technique adds an exciting and elusive touch to boots. I like how the suede inset breaks up the smooth leather in a harmonious, hip fashion. Be daring and opt for a pair with patent detailing or better yet, contrast your neutral tone with a pop of color.
We welcomed the new season by creating a list of Fab's 10 Fall Essentials. They're all the pieces we currently need to stay on top of our fashion game. Some may suit you, some may not, but we recommend them all. In case you missed it, here's a recap.
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