Fashion week trends

NYFW brought us a lot of new styles to think about, some more approachable than others (read: gray cable knit mules/slingbacks at Alexander Wang). Here are 5 trends coming up for fall 2013: 1. Peplums: Ok, so this is not a new trend, but it definitely has staying power. It popped up on the runways at shows like Kate Spade, Jason Wu, and Lela Rose.


2. Plaid: Another trend that's been sticking for quite some time. Alice + Olivia, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Tommy Hilfiger all incorporated the plaid patterns in their shows.


3. Structured Pants & Jackets: The fall runway brought a lot of structure, in both suits and separates. A structured jacket was prominent in the Rag & Bone show.


4: Leather: Leather was, surprisingly, seen in a lot of pants silhouettes. Slouchy leather "sweats" were seen at 3.1 Philip Lim, Charlotte Ronson and Christian Siriano.


5. Jumpsuits: The 70's silhouette hasn't died yet! My favorite jumpsuits came down the runway at Suno and Band of Outsiders


Images by: Vogue, Washington Post

Menswear - Pattern Mix Up

For the first time, I really feel like menswear is coming alive. I'm seeing more accessories, more color risks and much more mixing and matching of patterns. The winter is the perfect time to mix herringbone, hounds-tooth, plaid, tartan and striped patterns. This goes for women's clothing too!

And, if you want to go a step further, mix textures as well...A striped knit tie, mixed with a wool herringbone jacket and a silk hounds-tooth pocket square.

 I'm SO inspired by this trend, I already have something in the works to incorporate it in a photo shoot. I'm looking forward to sharing it soon. =) In the mean time, start getting creative and shopping for patterns!

Photos: Unknown, Gant, The Fashionisto, So Much Light,  G The Gentelman


Color Blocking

Color blocking has made a huge comeback, and you're going to see mannequins dressed in bright color combos throughout your mall if you haven't already. Open up your latest J.Crew or Urban Outfitters catalog, and you'll find it!

Unfamiliar with the term? Basically, it's sectioning off your body with different colors.

You'll see red matched with yellow, lime green paired with royal blue and coral with magenta...the list of unusual fashion color combinations goes on.

With unusual color combinations on the rise, you'll also notice floral prints and plaids falling by the wayside. It's all about solid colors and with the occasional gingham and striped print thrown in.

I'm pretty excited about this because I tend to stick to solid colors anyway. So, all in all color blocking is great in my book! What about you? Are you glad this early 90's trend is back?

Shearling & Plaid

img-thingWell, I can't say it's cold enough to wear jackets in Arizona, but for those of you in cold climates warm up with shearling and plaid jackets. Add some "oomph" to the sea of black and brown coats! Here are some examples...

Items in this set: Rick Owens jacket, 2,580 GBP Phi jacket, $2,195 Rick Owens jacket, $1,895 Helmut Lang jacket, $1,795 jacket, $1,295


img-thingHalloween falls on a Saturday this year, so there's a chance that you could be headed to a costume party. I haven't received an invite yet, but I thought I'd create a couple of easy costume ideas that incorporated fashion trends such as leather, leggings, plaid, fur, boots, boy friend jeans, etc. Here's what I came up with... You got your basic cat outfit, your Eskimo/Russian/Norwegian gal (haha) and your lumberjack. Comments are welcome. =)