Enjoy these looks fresh from the runway for fall! You can get some of the hottest New York Fashion Week runway looks for less right now, and with so many trends carrying over from spring to fall, shopping will be a breeze. Take a look at these styles for under $100 compiled with the help of Colin T. McDonald, celebrity/fashion stylist and commentator and four other fabulous stylists share their fashion tips.
For a briefing of what’s in for fall, Noelle Cellini, owner and personal stylist of My Best Foot Forward, says, “A piece in faux fur is a must-have and easy to find at any price point and available with anything – boots, a collar, a hat, on a jacket and so on. Color blocking will also carry over, and it's nice to see color back – like cobalt and green.
“Again, it will be all about accessories – shoes, the bag, bracelets, but the statement necklace seems to be on its way out.”
Other trends that are here to stay include maxi dresses, military style, lace tops and leather. Overall, New York Fashion Week had a vintage feel for the ‘70s.
‘70s Throwback: Color, patterns and prints
Taking note of the rich colors that ran the runway, Wemi Opakunle, designer, stylist and wardrobe consultant, says cobalt blue and emerald green made their mark, along with marigold and burnt orange. So while black may have dominated the runway in many collections, bursts of vibrant colors couldn’t be missed. McDonald says, “Rich and bold color patterns showed up a lot and are great in adding a bit of flair to any look. Marc displayed this beautifully in his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.”
For more bold ‘70s-style fashion, find a floppy hat. For more formal occasions, a fabulous mini dress with velvet detailing is so chic, so ‘70s. And with prints playing a big part in ‘70s fashion, Opakunle gives a great style tip: “Always balance out your prints with an item in a solid color.”
This look from Alice + Olivia is posh punk and shows the attention fashion designer Stacey Bendet gave to pants and knits in her collection. In lots of fashion lines, glitz and glam go to new heights. McDonald says, “Many designers incorporated a bit of shimmer and shine into their collections this season. These cigarette-style pants designed by Alice + Olivia are a great example of this trend.”
Not everyone can pull off wearing shiny pants like the ones from Alice + Olivia, so a sateen top or metallic jacket might be what to shop for instead. Still loving the looks of those ‘70s-style pants, but not the shine? Urban Outfitters has a wide selection of cigarette-style jeans and pants to choose from in a variety of rises, washes and colors. There’s something for everyone to love!
Varying lengths of skirts and dresses with smocked waists seal the deal between beauty and comfort. McDonald says, “Fun, loose-fitted dresses made a debut in a variety of different collections this season. Michael Kors was no exception with this halter-style dress.”
Celebrity stylist Kithe Brewster advises to buy a sheer fabric maxi dress and pair it with a jacket or cardigan, making it wearable now through fall. “It’s all about the ‘70’s,” Brewster says. “Some of the best looks were ones where it was taken to new heights. We’re seeing a lot of long dresses, even for day, and it’s great to see the maxi again.”
As always, layers are key and the loose fit is forgiving, which Brewster, a Duke Diet participant, counts as a big plus. Who doesn’t want to look good and enjoy the comfort of a flowing top or dress at the same time?
In Military Fashion
Here’s a salute to the military style already seen this spring. A few of Gwen Stefani’s models marched down the runway in military fashion for her L.A.M.B. collection. For fall, McDonald says, “The military trend is here to stay, and designer Gwen Stefani incorporated this into her collection with some fun pieces like the jacket worn in this particular look.”
Naturally, the stand-by colors to signal the trend will be shades of brown, khaki and sage. Like the other looks, the military trend hails from the ‘70s, but this one was actually used to protest the war. To join the ranks of military fashion (sans protest), look for a well-constructed bomber or leather jacket with zippers and straps. For a work setting, try to find a double-breasted blazer with large brass buttons. Complete any army-esque look with black lace-up boots.
Faux fur makes another appearance for fall. McDonald says, “Fur detailing was shown a lot this season, and Rachel Zoe showed it in her collection with this faux fur vest. A signature piece I presume!”
Suzanne Kopulos, stylist and founder of Garmental.com, shares McDonald’s enthusiasm, saying, “Pull your inspiration from the runway! An oversized fur coat paired with denim or trousers is perfect for spring and fall.” Fur also has that vintage feel, pulling from the ‘50s and, of course, the ‘70s. Express your soft and fuzzy side this spring and fall with a fabulous faux fur coat or vest.
Kithe Brewster, fashion editor/celebrity stylist
Noelle Cellini, owner and personal stylist of My Best Foot Forward, located in Chicago
Suzanne Kopulos, stylist and founder of Garmental.com
Colin T. McDonald, celebrity/fashion stylist and commentator
Wemi Opakunle, designer, stylist and wardrobe consultant