We go together like Plaids & Stripes
I’m currently in transit from Miami to Toronto – where they’ve been experiencing -40ºC for the past two weeks whilst I’ve been tanning on Miami Beach & drinking Coladas in The Keys. That being said, the last thing I want to think about right now is how I’ll be layering up for next autumn’s weather, when I’m still worrying about my lack of layers for when I land back on Canadian soil in about two hours time. Alas, there are some beautiful pieces to admire in these collections for next fall & I have a few months before I have to worry about how I’ll be styling them. Although right about now, I’m more concerned about my next exit south and perhaps a permanent one to a more temperate climate.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Fashion still isn’t over the Teddy Coat trend. This white one from 3.1 Phillip Lim is a bit more grown up. Sadly I won’t be wearing it as I can’t keep anything clean (an ex-boyfriend once told me, “Only rich people can afford to wear white”), I will however, admire it from afar.
There isn’t much I don’t adore about this elegant lace dress from Brock Collection. The deep-v, kept quite modest by the puffed sleeves & floor grazing length of the dress. The black lace over off-white t is reminiscent of Cher Horowitz, our eternal stye icon. Finally, in the fifth grade I went as a “dead bride for Hallowe’en – with black lace layered over white satin – a dress which I designed and my mother sewed for me. I adored that dress and would have worn it IRL despite it being a Hallowe’en costume.
My favourite autumn staple is the black turtleneck. Audrey Hepburn, tap dancing her away around a smokey Parisienne café in cropped black slacks, loafers & a chic black turtleneck is immortalized in my brain as the go-to ensemble for cooler months. Wen in doubt-black turtleneck, always classy & never out of date. This Carolina Herrera black turtleneck with draping ruffle is an updated & new take on a piece which will always be in style.
No one does the puffs & ruffles quite like Christian Siriano. The back of the top in the second last photo is reminiscent of a man’s dress from the Baroque era. The sleek black & white dresses with ruffs & peplums add a touch of edge to an otherwise elegant evening gown.
Cinq à Sept
These looks from Cinq à Sept totally remind me of the Fashion Barbie I got for Easter one year. The patchwork dress, pink sequinned turtleneck paired with a midi-length pink satin skirt (take my money!) & the chunky coral sweater. If I had enough restraint to limit myself to a capsule wardrobe, this would be it.
True to form the Coach 1941 collection is full of layers. You know I can’t resist a harlequin print, like the sheer dress in the first look & the Peter Pan collar meets Western lariat bow (yessss). As with much of Fall 2019 there’s plenty of plaid to go around, this time layered over lace – a look I’m looking forward to recreating.
Marc Jacobs Fall 2019 show could have been plucked from a fairytale. Pointed looks stuck with single feathers à la Robin Hood, or Peter Pan. His signature cupcake dresses with tiered ruffles, these a little darker & edgier for the autumn months. Marc truly does get better with age.
Oscar de la Renta
I have to say, though I do love the plunging neckline & sweeping length of this Oscar de la Renta dress & I do love a patchwork, this does look awfully similar to the prints we saw from the last collection. Making dresses from the scraps of the cutting room floor? If so, I do have to commend them for their commitment to sustainable fashion. If I do make it to a life in Miami, I’d certainly wear this on a yacht in Miami Beach.
The RED Valentino Fall 2019 collection was inspired by the off-duty dancer. Having grown up dancing – particularly ballet, this collection speaks volumes to me. Pink tights & black leotard – but make it fashion. How to take your ballet uniform from class to the street. Layers of knits – I especially adore the delicate knit in ballet pink in the right. Tulle & of course – ballet slippers. Fashion loves a ballerina.
I could wax poetic about my love for fashion’s favourite muse – the circus clown, but I’ve done that (read just about any other fashion week post I’ve done – did you see Dior 2019 Spring Couture??). I do so love this small ruff from Tory Burch – so wearable for everyday & a great way to add interest to an autumn sweater.
I discover a new designer just about every season – this season it was Vaquera & I’m so intrigued. First off – the cotton candy pink cropped satin tube top has by twelve-year old self dying. What really caught my attention though was the dress on the right – my favourite article of clothing ever has to be the cupcake dress – from the 90’s cupcake dolls I grew up with, to my love of Marie Antoinette, to couture & ready to wear today. I’m almost never drawn to fitted anything, much prefer a bit off ruffles, layers, volume & this dress takes the proverbial cake. Topped with a gift wrapped bow, I couldn’t ask for more. The models tore down the runway in a most disordered fashion – speed walking and limbs flailing. Vaquera – you have my attention.
Moody, layered plaids at Vera Wang. I found an oversized plaid babydoll dress at a thrift store in Miami and hmm’d & haw’d about it before walking away. With all the plaid in these collections & the layering styling with them I’m starting to regret that decision. Could definitely have made it cute after seeing these looks from Vera Wang.
Zimmerman somehow manages to make the most feminine, girly aspects of clothing fashion & I do so admire him for it. Lace, bows, frills & yet it’s somehow not sickly sweet. Some of the most thoughtful & intricate designs of the season & absolutely stunning.