Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fashion Month Trend Report Part 3: Gingham A-Go-Go

Popularized by such icons as Brigitte Bardot, Jackie O and even Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, gingham has seen it's share of history in fashion.  On the Spring/Summer 2015 runways, designers used the checked pattern in a variety of chic ways.

Print-on-print is possible with the addition of a light layer, as shown at Altuzarra.

Temperley London used gingham on easy-fitting cropped pants for an effortlessly cool look.

At Michael Kors, a 50's-inspired silhouette of an off-the-shoulder top and full gingham skirt was countered beautifully with earthy leather accessories.

The trench coat was given a fresh Spring update by Oscar de la Renta with 3/4 length sleeves and large-scale gingham print. 

Diane Von Furstenberg's collection included gingham dresses to inspire anyone's inner-glamazon with checks of varying size cut on the bias.

Proving that this checked pattern can be classy, cool, boho, fresh and even sexy- Fashion Month's global designers know that this isn't your picnic blanket's gingham.  Is gingham a go for you in the coming seasons?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fashion Month Trend Report Part 2: Vested Interests

A prevalent trend at this past Fashion Month is a piece that is able to transform or enhance a look's silhouette: the vest. Let's take a look at some of the ways vests were styled and presented.

At Akris, a waist-length vest added texture and structure to a monochromatic look with flowing top.

BCBG Max Azria showed how a vest can be used as a long sleeveless coat over a gown suitable for evening wear.

Coach's cargo vest is a great counter for Spring's pastels and light separates.

Dior's collection featured several brightly-colored vests over black-and-white outfits.

Nanette Lepore showed how a vest can add a colorful, airy layer to your Spring style.

Temperley London included vests as tops, a fresh and lovely twist on the traditional men's three-piece suit.

Layers aren't just for Fall and Winter- vests can provide a light and chic addition to your look, worn as anything from a top to a sleeveless overcoat.  Pulling double duty for all seasons, a stylish vest is a smart investment piece.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fashion Month Trend Report Part 1: Mesh With Perfection

From New York to London to Milan to Paris, a variety of fresh trends have cropped up on the runways for Spring/Summer 2015.  Over the next few posts, we'll explore these new and exciting designs.  Up first: fashion houses across the globe rediscovered mesh as as a textile used to inject a sporty element into their looks. 

Damir Doma lined an orange mesh tank with varsity stripes to up the sporty factor.

Balenciaga topped the open-knit mesh dress with a trench in the same hue.

Gabriele Colangelo allowed the edges of her mesh top to go unfinished, revealing a fresh take on scalloped collars and hems.

Alexis Mabille showed that a little goes a long way using a panel of mesh from the collar and into a hood for an uptown-chic vibe.

Chic, dressy, athletic or edgy, mesh is a versatile textile, lending itself to any style.  For the upcoming seasons, how will you incorporate mesh into your wardrobe?