Fall Fashion 2016: Feeling Like a Rock Star


Crisp air. Crunchy leaves. Beautiful clothes. With me, and many of us, of course, it’s all about the clothes.

Welcome to fall: I love autumn and have for as long as I can remember.

Crisp air. Crunchy leaves. Beautiful clothes. With me, and many of us, of course, it’s all about the clothes.

It goes back to my childhood. Every year, back-to- school shopping began the moment I stepped off the camp bus in August.

My mother was also a clotheshorse — everything I know, I learned from her — and she taught me that the best things come in first. That’s changed a bit with the economy over the years, yet if you’ve been in the stores, you know they are overflowing with gorgeous merchandise.

The look is totally ’70s retro. Very bohemian luxe. Very rock-star glam. Pretend you are at Studio 54. Envision Bianca Jagger. Marisa Berenson. And David Bowie.

If you buy one new thing, you must have something with gold or any kind of metallic sheen. A Lurex thread in your jacket, a trim on your boot or bag. An immediate wardrobe update, found everywhere at every price point. Skirts. Pants. Shoes. Belts. One piece at a time, please.

The other must is movement.

Nothing feels tight or super-structured. Blouses are soft in silk and chiffon. Skirts become longer and languid, pants wider and flowy. There’s no need to buy everything new; mix and match a new floaty skirt with a sweater you own or wear wide-leg pants with your cropped jacket. Put on an outfit and walk down the hall (every hall is a runway). Does it move? If the answer is yes, you’ve got it right.

The silhouette is a “V” or inverted “V.” Wear wide-leg pants and flowy skirts with cropped or shrunken tops or longer, looser tunics with narrow cropped pants or straight jeans.

Autumn’s color is “ripe berry,” which is not cherry red, but an exquisite deep raspberry and plum. Do you love a glass of wine? Fall’s hues include merlot, Burgundy and Bordeaux. Flattering to all, it’s another great way to give last year’s pieces an easy update.

Boots are huge — to the ankle, to the knee, over the knee. Pumps are back — thin-soled and pointy. Heels are chunky and a bit lower. Loafers and driving shoes feel very new. Tights are in, opaque or patterned, suddenly looking sexy, new and young.

The opposite side of the boho coin is androgyny.

Architectural jackets, pants and coats. Military jackets. Peacoats. Plaids and tweeds and houndstooth. Lots of big buttons. Lots of tuxedo pants, with a stripe down the side of the leg.

Pair pants and jackets in tweeds and plaids with ruffles and chiffon. Clean and classic, modern and cool, masculine and feminine: That’s exactly how you want to look.

This season, try a top-handle structured handbag — so new and a little less head-to-toe Studio 54. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) If you buy a new bag, go for one with embellishment, velvet or fringe.

Lastly, if you can go for one more splurge, buy something suede, whether it’s a skirt, dress, jacket, bag or boots. Again, these are found everywhere at every price and are so ’70s/of-the-moment.

What a wonderful season this is, with something for everyone.

A happy, healthy and sweet new year to all. Here’s to a wonderful fall 2016. Enjoy every gorgeous moment.


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