When we talk about the colder months, our focus is often on the holidays, with lots of glitz, cute accessories, and the same key color combinations reiterated over and over. But what about when you've got a hot date, not chestnuts roasting on an open fire? It's easy to forget that this is also the season for deep, dramatic lipsticks, vixenish eye makeup, and super sexy hair. The weather outside may be frightful, but these five trends will keep you hot and heavy.
When I talked to J.Crew's Creative Director Jenna Lyons during New York Fashion Week, I had to ask her about those wonderful J.Crew jewels. Coincidentally, you can learn all about the brand's jewelry designer, Molly Carey, in the latest catalog. Molly sounds pretty rad, and here's what Jenna revealed about the upcoming Turkey-inspired Fall jewelry collection.
How do you start the jewelry process?
It's one of those things where it's anywhere and everywhere. This past season the girl who oversees jewelry went to Turkey and came back with some crazy cool pieces.
Is this for the Spring or Fall collection?
I'm sorry I'm so off, I never know…
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We have one week left — Paris, the crème de la crème of Fashion Week month. Can you keep going? Hear how how the pros survive fashion’s most anticipated event. Fashion Week designers and celebrities from Kelly Cutrone to Whitney Port to Rachel Roy weigh in on the dos and don'ts of fashion mania.
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Fall is always about bundling up, but Fall 2010 ditched ladylike and attacked extreme coziness — cocoon cozy, to be exact. Phillip Lim kept his sweaters cropped with extra long sleeves, Rad Hourani took his collars up, way up, and the Rodarte sisters opted for light colors and major fuzz. Other knits were oversized, and included rounded hems and large hoodies.
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Michael Kors, Peter Som, Charlotte Ronson, and Richard Chai all featured the Fall trend of the moment: the long maxi skirt. From casual to couture, the maxi skirt’s longer hemlines are much more forgiving than the shorter miniskirts of the past. Check out FabTV to see how to wear the must-have maxi skirt!Like what you see? Watch more FabTV.
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Let me preface this by reminding you not to shoot the messenger. Alas, in case you haven't already noticed, New York's Fall runways were flurried with fur. Dip-dyed, hooded, hatted, vested, trimmed, bagged, and even shoed (left, at Zac Posen) New York designers continue to have a penchant for fur. Will this be the season you take the plunge?
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For Fall '10, designers — such as Adam Lippes, Peter Som, Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger — swapped out shorter hemlines for longer luxurious lengths. Maxed-out skirts are a sophisticated and refreshing alternative to the tights and minis combo and can be worn both casually or ultra-glamorous. Peep how Adam Lippes and Peter Som experimented with floaty, printed chiffon layers, while Michael Kors and Tibi decorated their long skirts with beads and shimmer. We love them all.
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As we continue exploring the depths of J.Crew's Creative Director, Jenna and I discussed one of my favorite topics: the difference between East and West Coast style. I lived in NYC for six years, but am back in California, to stay. Needless to say, my years in New York influence my wardrobe. Than again, so has my active lifestyle in Cali. I mentioned before that Jenna is a born and bred Cali girl, but she is a self-proclaimed New Yorker, after living there for 25 years now.
What do you think are the main differences between East and West Coast style?
That to me is easy. I remember when I moved to NY, the first week that I was here, I noticed that guys were looking at me on the street and the idea of beauty here is so diverse — you can be six feet tall and brunette, you can be blond, you can be bald, you can have blue hair, you can be a tomboy, you can be a sex kitten — you can be anything here. There are all different ideals of beauty here and I think being an individual is praised, whereas when I grew up in CA I always felt like an outcast because I didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes, and I didn’t have any boobs. There’s definitely a look that exists in CA — everyone dresses alike — and I think that was really challenging growing up. I didn’t realize how hard it was until I moved here and all of sudden realized it was OK to look different. It’s OK to wear red lipstick and dorky glasses and a lot of people thought that was cute and that wasn’t the case when I was in CA. And the other thing I love: People dress up here. Like, I looove to dress up.
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With global warming upon us, it's no surprise designers have embraced seasonless dressing. For Fall, all wanderlusters can look forward to nomadic layers. Here we have Rebecca Taylor's sweet and sassy muse, Catherine Malandrino's severe take on luxotica, and Diane Von Furstenberg's cozy coquette. When in doubt, pile it on, and just see where it takes you . . .
One of the top trends seen at New York Fashion Week was Wild West-inspired attire. Designers such as Diesel, Derek Lam, and Alexa Chung for Madewell designed flannel shirts, cowboy boots, and long country denim skirts slick enough to please even the most citified girl.Like what you see? Watch more FabTV.