Red and greens in fall line up will make season look like Christmas
BY TERRA COONEY For Sun-Times Media
Fall into the trends to get head turning looks this season. We’re sharing what’s hot on the runway and what is headed right for your town in terms of fall fashion.
Christmas is coming early this fall season as reds and greens are in full, vibrant effect.
“The color combinations are incredible,” said Kelly Golden, owner of Neapolitan Collection in Winnetka. The jade green, chartreuse and lipstick reds she has seen in the fall previews take center stage. Macy’s fashion director, Nicole Fischelis agreed that red is a strong candidate this fall, and said it’s going to be very important. She is also a firm believer in going green this fall, too.
“The full range of greens are strong, from teal to olive and evergreen,” said Fischelis. These holiday hues are not alone; however, as we go back to basic by welcoming back gray and caramel brown. This time, though, we introduce them to deep purples, reddish pinks and bamboo shades, said Heather Anderson, Owner of Muse Boutique in Oak Park. Although not a fan of pink normally, Anderson is in awe of the reddish pink this season, and suggests pairing it with the blue-toned teals. She also shares her love for the mix of purples and neutrals this season. Coffee brown, Anderson suggests, will be the alternative to basic black, and a warm camel tan will be this fall’s perfect neutral. Don’t be afraid to pair them all together.
“The key is unexpected pairings and color combinations,” said Anderson.
To bring in even more 2011 cheer, ‘tis the season for texture aplenty! The amount of detail you can wear this fall us limitless.
“Texture and prints are very strong elements,” said Golden. She stresses that leather and fur will be everywhere, from fur pockets to leather dresses and coats. Fischelis sees fur as being powerful as well, especially faux. She said texture is also going to be important in knits and sweaters.
“Slub yarns and interesting stitches such as cable, birds-eye patterns and popcorn stitching,” are what Fischelis sees coming to the season.
“A key trend this seasons is that texture, fluidity and the focus on movement,” said Anderson. She sees it in the cuts of fall fashions with twisting, pleating and draping, along with futuristic laser cuts, contours and chunky knitwear with 360 detailing.
Golden predicts lace is another huge contender for many looks this season.
“Lace is lighter and more delicate, and fused into other fabrics. It’s also taking on a more casual flair,” Golden said. It’s not only for cocktail attire anymore, as the boutique owner saw a cotton sweatshirt in this fall’s preview, with lace infused in the sleeves.
Pretty in Python
“Everyone loves an exotic skin print,” said Anderson, “and for fall 2011, designers are particularly besotted with python.” Golden agrees that we’ll be seeing tons of it, though, gone are not the days of other zoological prints. Anderson points out leopard, giraffe and tiger prints were also spotted on the runways. In fact, a leopard-print blouse or dress is one of Fishcelis’ must-haves for the season.
“You will see lots of animal prints, leopard, cheetah and abstract snake,” said the Macy’s Fashion Director. She notes that the season will bring on many nature references, in flora and fauna, as well as many print-on-print ideas.
“Leave room for experimentation,” said Anderson. Though the safest option is to combine printed items with monotones, if you’re confident about your styling skills, there will be nothing wrong with mixing various patterns in one look.
Delve Into the Details
A great pair of boots is always on the agenda for fall, points out Golden, and a great riding boot is versatile, practical and comfortable. The perfect pairing with a fabulous fall wardrobe and boots is an oversized clutch this season. Handbags are more bright and structured for fall said the Neapolitan Collection Owner. Anderson agrees that it’s time to leave your chain-handle bags at home and step up with those larger clutches. She said to look for framed bags, buckle fronts, fur and overall fabric in accessories this season.
If you fancy frames, jewelry designer Marie-Lise Lachapelle has created a whole collection around them. Take notice of her fall/winter 2011 pieces in the unique Frame Collection. Forever a fan of nature in its raw, free form, she has incorporated beautiful art into small frames to wear in her necklace and earring collection.
“Frames are always seen as the encasement for art, but I saw the frames themselves as art and wanted to bring that into the art that we adorn our bodies with – jewelry,” said Lachapelle. Her collection is romantic, adventurous and whimsical, as she sets out to empower the woman wearing her pieces. She believes that this fall we are in a time where artisanship of jewelry is what counts. That uniqueness sets us aside from one another, and her frames are all very different.
“They are inspired by different eras,” she said of the diversity of styles and materials. Her pieces are made of anything from antique gold and semi-precious stones to sterling silver to 14 and 18kt solid gold enhanced by white or black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. The Frame Collection embodies bolder shapes as well as those that are subtler. The pieces are a perfect pairing for this fall’s fashions.