Last night a select group of fashionistas gathered on the third floor of The Bay to heed the style gospel of Suzanne Timmins, HBC's Fashion Director. In her charismatic way, Timmins took us through the must-have fall trends and offered her choice picks for the coming months.
Yes, it is a bit late in the season to be discussing Fall 2012 trends, but nonetheless, the evening gave a valuable insight into what to wear now. Some of the key trends presented by Timmins were: Rich Colour, Statement Prints, Luxurious Texture, Black and Bright, and Baroque Nouveau.
Pictured: Black and Bright
Rich Colour is all about wearing color-on-colour, but by that we don't mean colour blocking. This season is all about wearing one colour on top of the same, but in a slightly different hue. Bottle greens, violets, and deep reds are the hot shades to wear from head to toe.
Statement Prints have become de rigueur, as has clashing them against one another. To pull off the trend without looking like a clown car crash, Timmins recommends teaming small patterns with larger floral designs.
Luxurious Texture entails a very Lady of the Manor feel. Teaming tweed, with fur, with leather is a must, as is keeping the palette warm with shades of fawn, brown, and burgundy.
Black and Bright is just that: teaming something black with something bright. This is easy to do since everyone has something black to which they can add one staple piece. A neon satchel, bright tights, or a colourful knit perhaps?
Pictured: Baroque Nouveau
Finally, Baroque Nouveau calls for more black, but this time teamed with gold. It's a very festive trend and I can definitely see it becoming a staple look for the office Christmas party. Again, black is the easy part and Timmins merely recommends investing in one gold piece, be it a skirt, dress or jacket. A statement jacket is always a good choice because more often than not, people will only see/photograph you from the waist up. This is what Timmins calls "waisted beauty!"
I know it's hard to let go, but each of the four major Fashion Weeks has ended and you're just going to have to find something else to enjoy about this fine October Friday. You could take a walk or read a book. How about a seasonal treat? Have some apple cider.
I know what you're thinking: "Life can't be all walks and books and apple cider, Nika! There are other things."
Too true! There are also computers and trunk shows and gorgeous patterned overlays for the person who would rather buy Fashion Week than get over it.
Image courtesy of Calvin Klein
I'm a small fortune short of being that kind of person, but if you aren't: 1) Give me some money. 2) Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013 is just one of the many fashion week offerings available for pre-order on Moda Operandi and you could be shopping it right now.
The collection went on sale yesterday with many of the now-familiar pieces we saw at the September show. Yes, you can now own* that controversial conical bustier (I am a fan!), but more importantly, you can buy the black patterned lace-like overlay (worn by the model to the right of designer Francisco Costa in the picture above) and tell me about it if you want to make me jealous.
The item is listed for $9,995 and sold separately from the cream strapless dress ($3,795) which completes the look. I never said my envy came cheap.
*Sort-of-own: the item won't ship for several months.
Bassike is back doing what they do best for Resort 2012, serving up a hefty slice of luxe minimalism swathed in crisp masculine tailoring. During tough times for young fashion labels, Bassike has gathered a finely-clad army of followers willing to fork out for staples of a certain caliber, and this collection is a prime example of why people are willing to do so.
The base of Bassike is always a neutral. This time it's a White Void Room; white infiltrated by black, yellow, and a pink that can’t be more than three squares from white on any given colour chart. There’s also a snakeskin print that crops up on loose elasticated trousers and oversized masculine separates, and most impressively on a pleated one-piece that makes a boiler suit look like a wardrobe staple. And we’re willing to hazard a guess that Miranda Kerr and SJP have already put their orders in for a few of those effortless singlets and tees.
Not helping us refrain from doing something similar is bona fide ANTM success story Montana Cox, who last week was busy nailing it in Paris by walking a total of nine runway shows including Chanel, Carven, Mugler, and Tom Ford. If we lose her tomorrow thanks to the monetary lure of massive overseas contracts we’d be pretty happy with this lookbook being her curtain call.
Images via Bassike.com
Forum members were never entirely sure that Mila Kunis fit the image of Christian Dior and its Miss Dior collection, and it seems that Dior wasn’t so sure either. Starting with the Spring 2013 Miss Dior handbags advertising campaign, Jennifer Lawrence will be taking over as the new face of the brand. Like it was for Mila, this new gig marks Jennifer’s first collaboration with a luxury fashion brand. Lawrence (supposedly) said:
“It’s such a dream to represent an iconic brand that is synonymous with high fashion. I’m so excited to be working with the fashion house and wear the new creations by Raf Simons. His most recent Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear collections glamorously capture the modern era at Dior.”
If ever a statement was written by a PR team and credited to an actress, it’s that one. “The statement sounds too polished, I'm not sure she (or really, anyone) would phrase it like that, definitely written by PR people,” YoninahAliza commented. “That said, this is really great news, and I'm interested in seeing what the campaign ends up looking like.”
“She's an icon in the making who is universally adored by her peers and industry superiors so who can blame Dior for snapping her up?” glitterpeacock posted. “She's not mega-glam and polished all the time but that kind of works with the idea of Raf's new Dior woman. I'm excited to see what they come up with.”
What the campaign images will look like is anyone’s guess, but we can be sure that Jennifer will be wearing a lot more Dior while Mila will probably start mixing it up on the red carpet again.
Image: Dominic Chan/ WENN.com
It seems like the Middleton sisters love the fact that they can influence the nation’s fashion choices and consequently cause a surge in sales for their favourite fashion retailers just by wearing a few current items. Plus, if we’re being honest, the British public equally loves the fact that it’s so easy to go out and purchase garments that make us look like our favourite fashionable royals!
So, this week, we’re guessing that many of their fans were just a tad disappointed in seeing both of the girls out and about in items from last season. Yes, we know that when the sisters aren’t playing princesses in Alexander McQueen ball gowns that they’re sometimes prone to a bit of wardrobe recycling (which warms our little hearts knowing that they are a bit more like you and me), but come on, we’re getting ready to buy our winter wardrobes and we still want to emulate their styles, so, seeing them in last season’s buys just isn’t very helpful right now. Here’s hoping that they pull out a few newbies over the coming weeks, but until then, all we can do is be inspired by their last season gems.
Duchess Kate in Reiss
Earlier this week, Kate visited the Football Association’s National Football Centre with Prince William wearing last season’s long khaki green coat by Reiss for the occasion. This coat is the perfect piece for following the military trend, and although the coat in question is obviously no longer available to buy, Reiss is currently selling an updated version for £325 (below left), which we dare to say would make us more on-trend than the Duchess herself.
Pippa in Catherine Deane
Since being photographed at her friend’s wedding in one of the Hong Kong-based designer’s orange dresses, it seems that Pippa has begun a real love affair with the growing designer’s pieces. This week, she was papped again in a Catherine Deane dress, which we must say, did look a lot like that famous orange dress. Now, all of these items are (unluckily for us) sold out, but thankfully, her new A/W collection is now available to buy at Harvey Nichols and My Wardrobe online. We think that this orange ruched silk dress (below right) has Pippa written all over it, so snap it up before she does!
Images: Getty, Harvey Nicholls, Reiss
Taylor Swift has — what's the word for it? created? lent her name to? — gotten involved with Keds, and will be getting a Ked of her own when she launches her upcoming album "Red" later this month.
The Swift-branded Ked will be Red (congrats to whoever first noticed that complex rhyme and decided to build an entire marketing initiative around it) both in name and in hue, and it'll go on sale exclusively online the day of the album release (October 22) on keds.com, taylorswift.com, nordstrom.com, and journeys.com.
It's easy to roll your eyes: what kind of idiot buys their footwear on a pop star's suggestion? Well, apparently an idiot like me. Taylor Swift's pitch buried its little feet in my heart and led me to long for Red Keds:
“I’ve been a fan of Keds for years, because they have two of my favorite elements of great style — they’re classic and effortless. I remember wearing Keds as a little kid, while riding my bike around the farm. When I got older, I started wearing them again. There’s something cool about shoes that you can grow up with. I think they add something casual and cool to your look, and the new colors and patterns are so eclectic. I love pairing them with vintage looks.”
I hope whoever did her media training gets royalties.
Image via WENN