Razzle dazzle is hot, especially when we want to stand out. But don't we all have those days when we'd just rather go incognito? For those times, turn to Element's Fall '09 look book; it's filled with under-the-radar pieces that are cool but not flashy. Army jackets, asymmetrical cardigans, crochet sweaters, plaid dresses, denim vests, and slim jeans are some of the items du jour. Personally, one of my favorite looks is the one on the left. It has just enough layers and I dig the mix of soft and rough.
As far as Fall nail polish trends are concerned, I foresee lots of hot pinks, mushroom tones, smoky metallics, burnt oranges, deep, intense greens, and the return of purple — but with a little less smoke and a little more attitude. As far as textures go, think mattes, creams, and brushed, velvety finishes. But, if you're a fan of the shimmer, don't fret. There's plenty of sparkle to go around. Like most makeup collections, nail polish colors take inspiration straight from the runways, and since nails are a fashion accessory, after all, many of these recently launched polish shades come straight to us from the Fall catwalks. Let's just say I'm not bored.
With the Spring 2010 (whoa, 2010 — doesn't that sound so futuristic?) shows in the very near future, it's time to take final glimpses at Fall. What Fab trends will you be delving into? Which hot shoes tickled your fancy? Which heavenly handbags made you pant? During my runway research I accumulated some more favorite looks, stand-out pieces, awe-inspiring jewels, and simply cool honorable mentions. Thakoon's canary fur-collared coat atop luxe black separates is what fashion dreams are made of. Beam me up, Scotty!
Ever since I was a wee one, I've been fascinated with color, to the point where I would study fabric swatches for hours, while my aunts shopped for patterns, notions, and the like. So much of the cosmetics industry is influenced by fashion, so each season, beauty brands look to fashion forecasts, like Pantone, the big guns in the world of color swatches. From trendy nail polish shades (more on that later) to lipstick colors to eye shadow palettes, there's no doubt that we'll see some influence from the runway. In its annual Fashion Color Report, Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute said, "The Fall 2009 palette is more unique and thoughtful than the typical Autumnal hues of years past." Looking at the swatches below from the company's report, which one can you most likely see yourself wearing for the upcoming season?
Shoe fix fixed. Time to grab on to one of Fall's heavenly handbags. Boy oh boy, are there some delectable lovelies. This quirky Chanel gets top honors. Its clear compartment style is over-the-top — I'll take the white bag in the middle and the Chanel iPod! The baby pink surroundings are little slices of heaven. See what's in the lineup from the likes of Derek Lam, Chloe, Dior, Jill Stuart, Alexander Wang, and many, many more.
I admit, I'm a bit disappointed with Isabel Marant's Fall campaign. For some reason, the designer swapped out the awesome Daria Werbowy for the newly married Milla Jovovich. The ad, shot by Inez and Vinoodh, pictures Milla — in the same exact pose — wearing Marant's delectable fur chubbies, velvet shorts, soft tees, tiered skirts, and luscious studded booties. Remember when Sienna Miller donned them during her G.I. Joe circuit? I love the clothes, but the ad doesn't do them justice. Call me crazy but there was something about Daria that embodied Marant's fun fashion, and Milla just leaves me kinda bored. Thoughts?
No Fall glimpse would be complete without a preview of some of the most captivating shoes to trot down the runways. The boot of the season is no doubt the over-the-knee, while wicked platforms and cutesie pumps rule, too. Heels got a lot of play — curved, pin straight, studded, wooden. And textures were wild: brocade, woven leather, super stretch, rich suede, ruffled. It's time to experiment. Stare again at these John Galliano pom pom lace-ups? Well, I nevah!
Susan Woo is new in fashion town so let's welcome her. The designer received her BS in fashion design and business, then put her degree to practice at Louis Vuitton, Derek Lam, and Chanel. Not bad. Because Woo has major love for fashion and the environment, her entire Fall collection is made from 100 percent all-natural and sustainable fabrics — organic wool, cottons, and cashmeres. Yet another example of eco being chic. Both day and evening options range from $345 to $1,250 and are currently available at H Lorenzo and Kaight in NYC.
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The highlight of the set is the new Luminizing Satin Eye Color Line ($25), which includes 15 shades of bright tones, neutrals, and pastels. Also available are the following: two new shades of Perfect Mascara ($23) and Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil ($20); four new shades of Natural Eyebrow Pencil ($20); and 11 new shades of Advanced Hydro-Liquid Company Foundation ($30). What do you think of this? Are you ready to create some art of your own?
I first fell for Joie's bohemian hip clothes a couple years back when I scored an amazing leather jacket from the brand on eBay. It had amazing tough details, yet was still girlie. For Fall, Joie takes the same route, supplying us with printed smock tops, cozy oversize sweaters, and soft tiers; the muted colors are effortless and understated. Did you know Joie means joy in French? Makes sense since I feel nothing but calm elation when I look at this collection.