Say hello to the stacked kitten heel. Her stiletto cousin was made famous by Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent and for the past few seasons that’s been the shoe to have, but now it is comfort’s time to shine. This season, designers are proving that a sky high heel is not the only shoe that can make an outfit cool.
Carwash pleats made their case early in New York for being the skirt shape of the season and then by the time Paris rolled around and Raf Simons showed them on the Christian Dior runway, their fate was certain. The new way to show off those gams next season will be through these pleats.
Designers seem to be reacting to the winter that we had this year, keeping you plenty prepped for next season with dozens of chic black boots perfect for stomping around in the snow. (Plus, all of these options get bonus points for being black and therefore the ideal color for matching with any outfit.)
The flounce hem is the happiest. Seriously, try to tell me this skirt isn’t smiling. Both flirty and fun, the flounce hem works well for the office, as seen at Louis Vuitton, or for evening, like at Mary Katrantzou. This is exactly the kind of versatile piece every woman needs in her wardrobe. I mean, why wear just a pencil skirt when you can have a personalityskirt?
Say what you will about these shoes that sort of look like they came from Chewbacca’s wife’s closet, but they were all over the runways and are definitely super chic. They add the perfect amount of texture to any look, providing a point of interest and an obvious conversation piece. The only thing to note: Make sure you are not wearing these with your fur coat because you only get one fur accent per look. After all, you are not Chewbacca’s wife.
Cuffin’ season refers to that time in late October/early November when the days start to get short and cold and you need to lock down a steady hookup so that you don’t have to wander around in the frigid winter looking for love. The cuffin’ season trend is sorta like that…except with sleeves! The commitment is minimal: You don’t actually need fur on the whole coat, just the sleeves, and really, you only need it for the winter.
You guys, she did it, Amal made gloves happen. You can say it’s a coincidence, but you would be wrong. Everyone loves Mrs. Clooney, especially Miuccia Prada, who proved to us that gloves are way better than sleeves.
50 SUITS OF GREY
God, I had hoped that the movie release would mean the end of 50 Shadesreferences, but I was definitely wrong. Designers have made it so by deciding that an all-grey suit was thelook, but actually, we agree. Monochromatic in grey is pretty much the chicest thing you can do, so take notes Miss Steele.
WHO WEARS SHORT SKIRTS?
Ever since Nicolas Ghesquière’s first collection for Louis Vuitton, we have been getting more than comfortable with a raised hemline. Guess what? We like our legs! And not to mention the silhouette is youthful and flattering on just about everyone. No wonder designers far and wide are embracing the power of the mini skirt.
LOOK MA, NO HANDS!
Hiding your hands is the chicest thing that you can do. It might prevent you from eating comfortably or cleanly, but fashion and function are frenemies sometimes, you know? Having a sleeve that falls past the hands exaggerates the line of the arm, making them appear longer in the most striking way.
ONE SHOULDER WONDERS
The only thing better than a long sleeved gown is one that only has one sleeve—or so say Missoni and Simone Rocha, and that’s good enough for me. It seems like a hard trend to ascribe to but when you think about it, the one sleeve is genius. It’s the perfect way to show off a fabulous bag without any distractions from a pesky sleeve.
PLAID AND SIMPLE
Plaid is having a moment on the runways, particularly red plaid. Designers are partial to a tartan print and it’s not hard to see why: The red adds an interesting dose of color to an otherwise very classic fabric. And since we all are guilty of overdoing black in the winter and black was already very dominant on the runway, it is also nice to see some red to brighten up the mood.
THE SKINNY SCARF
A residual effect of the boho trend, which is still holding strong, the skinny scarf is making a play for the must-have accessory of the season. Worn with everything from a casual sweater dress to a full-on gown, the skinny scarf is the one item that can transition very easily between all outfit occasions.
WAY, WAY OTK
Get ready ladies: You will never have to be cold again! These boots go up, really high up and they are everywhere. The look of liquid legs is the one you will want to get for fall. In New York, Edun showed boots so high they looked like leather pants. By the time we got to London, Burberry had put a hippie-chic spin on the idea. In Paris, Vionnet used last season’s slit trend to show off a little leg and a lot of boot. If you want to look like you know what you’re doing next season, you need a pair of these boots.
Continuing the covered legs mantra, tights have also had a major place on the runways. At Saint Laurent, ripped pairs for the party girl were seen under barely-there dresses. At Giamba, a sweet Swiss dot accompanied tame cocktail attire, and at Sophie Theallet, a classic fishnet lent a retro vibe to the idea. Personally, I have never been a fan of tights but I have to admit the runways swayed me this season so perhaps the next Polar Vortex won’t mean pants-only.
THE TURTLENECK DICKIE
Ah, the illustrious turtleneck dickie: not quite a scarf and not quite a sweater either. It is pointless and slightly weird so it is most definitely high fashion. Seen with everything from sexy dresses at Altuzarra to chunky knits at BCBG, the turtleneck dickie is the thing for fall.
Forget going back decades for inspiration, this season we are going back centuries. Things are feeling positively 19th century on the runways. High collars, ruffles, and lace all made an appearance as a nod to the era but bright colors, leather details, and sexy silhouettes subverted the traditionally buttoned-up look with some modern flair.