>> Designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Erdem, and Valentino showed plenty of lace creations on their runways, which only means one thing: Spring will be blooming with fresh femininity. We suggest you get in gear and amp up your current Winter wardrobe now with cozier key picks, like a sharp lace and leather coat from Valentino, and then later, come warmer weather, with a perfect pair of shorts from Diane von Furstenberg.
>> Denim has always been an everyday staple, but Spring's upcoming edition will spotlight more than just jeans. Designers like Celine, Derek Lam, and Stella McCartney brought attention to numerous denim pieces on their runways. Think structured denim tops and jackets, skirts, and vests dipped in medium to light washes. Don't wait for the sun to start shining to wear this trend: get a head start on it today with our picks from Chloe, Topshop, Stella McCartney, and APC.
>> Designers like Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch showcased '70s inspired clothing for Spring. Why not jump ahead of the trend and start mixing in some basic pieces now? Wide-leg jeans dipped in dark and light hues cast a flattering silhouette, and flowy tops lend a feminine touch. Check out our svelte picks from Stella McCartney, Topshop, Balenciaga, and Gap for more '70s cool.
>> Proenza Schouler heralded the graphic denim look with their Fall 2010 graffiti print jeans, and now we're hooked. Try out a pair — these printed, painted, and splattered concoctions will instantly inject fire into any Fall outfit. Peep how this stylish street snap displays the trend with a sweatshirt top, cutout booties, and a bold necklace, and then check out three more inspiring looks — and how to get them — in the slideshow.
Riding coats are this season's hottest ticket, as seen on the Fall 2010 runways of Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, and Christian Dior. To nab your own equestrian-inspired ensemble, pair any of our choice picks — from Theory, DVF, and Sonia by Sonia Rykiel — with slim trousers and oxfords for an uptown-cum-Oliver Twist aura.
Left to right: Diane von Furstenberg Ivory Riding Coat ($452, orginally $645), DKNY Plaid Runway Jacket ($774), Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Velvet Collar Riding Jacket ($615), Theory Aerianna Tweed Riding Jacket ($495)
A hat can add the perfect finishing touch to a Fall outfit — so do yourself a solid and stay toasty in one of our top five choices. The downtown girl can sink her head into a floppy, fedora, or trilby style from Rag & Bone, J.Crew, or La Cerise Sur Le Chapeau, while the uptown lady can don cute cloche cuts from Brooks Brothers or Stella McCartney.
Left to right: Rag & Bone Floppy Fedora ($115), J.Crew Trilby Hat ($150), Stella McCartney Felt Cloche ($345), Brooks Brothers Rabbit Felt Cloche ($298), La Cerise Sur Le Chapeau Fedora ($280)
Velvet is one of the few Fall novelties we plan to splurge on. The dense fabric is ideal for holiday soirees, and we like how it instantly adds a luxe touch to any ensemble. A smattering of our favorite pieces of the season, from the likes of Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Madewell, Topshop, Opening Ceremony, and Asos, above.
Left to right, top row: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Spot Tee ($265), Alexa Chung for Madewell Velvet Shorts ($88), Alexander Wang Velvet Leather Rocco Duffel ($965), Topshop Peter Pan Dress ($190), Opening Ceremony Quilted Skirt ($349)
We're falling hard for the pointed-toe silhouette this Fall, as seen on Kate Moss in Vogue Paris's November 2010 issue and in Isabel Marant's Fall 2010 collection. Check out our enticing picks — flat or not-so-flat, whichever way you swing — from Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Stella McCartney now!
Top to bottom, left row: Christian Louboutin Pigalle Leopard Print Flat ($775), Sergio Rossi Metallic Pump ($200), Prada Suede Bow Ballet Flat ($495), Marc Jacobs Ostrich Loafers ($495)
Top to bottow, right row: Stella McCartney Lace Pumps ($645), Sergio Rossi Chi Chi Pump ($495), Valentino Stud Lizard Pumps ($1,195), Vince Camuto Calf Hair Pump ($98)
Marc Jacobs and Fendi introduced tea-length skirts on their Fall 2010 runways and the look was spotted everywhere in the crowd at New York Fashion Week. Contrast the modest hemline — we love the deep aubergine hue on the Sparkle & Fade skirt seen center — with a leather jacket and tough ankle boots for a modern vibe, or with a silk blouse and pointy-toe pumps for a lady-like approach.
Left to right: Creatures of Comfort Silk Pocket Skirt ($255), Sparkle & Fade Sheer Maxi Skirt ($38), Zara Evase Skirt ($80)