with the economic downturn and our new First Lady, we’re back to restrained style and a refined, ladylike glamour. Great news for those of us whose style reflects a classic, sophisticated sensibility
Ladylike Glamour at DKNY, Luca Luca, and Monique Lhuillier
Watercolor Prints at United Bamboo, Jeremy Laing, and Lela Rose.
Animal Prints at Cynthia Steffe, Oscar de la Renta, and DKNY.
Capes and Capelets at Jeremy Laing, Y-3, and Tuleh
Collarless Coats at Verrier, Jeremy Laing, and DKNY
Cropped Pants at Abaete, Verrier, and Lacoste.
Uber Cropped Jackets
Uber Cropped Jackets at Karen Walker, Jeremy Laing, and Shipley & Halmos.
Gold at Lela Rose, Philip Lim, and Milly.
Be bold with gold. Wear it head to toe (as at Lela Rose), or tone it down by pairing it with neutrals (as at Philip Lim) or other warm colors (like the orange-gold combo at Milly
Green is also gracing the runway. We love pairing it with grey (as at Marc Jacobs and DKNY) or a bold black and white print (as at Thakoon). But if that’s not your thing, try pairing green with an equally strong color: deep blue or bright yellow.
Teal at Carolina Herrera, Lacoste, and Lela Rose.
teal, a sophisticated mix of blue and green. As befits its roots, pair teal with blues and greens for best effect. We’re especially loving the navy and teal combo, as seen at Lacoste.
Deep Blue at Lela Rose, Lacoste, and Tuleh.
Blue is such a relaxing color, and it’s a perfect shade for cool weather days. For the longest, leanest look, you can wear blue head to toe. But blue doesn’t have to be boring - for more visual variety, combine different shades of blue in the same outfit, as in the Lacoste example.
Not So Basic Black at Yigal Azrouel, BCBG, and Jeremy Laing.
Black’s not a new cold weather color. But it seems that black is the new black for Fall 2009. The good news is that you can wear basic black without being too basic. Just mix your blacks up with different textures - shiny and matte, knits with wovens, sheers with opaques.