Vogue Lunch with Cara Crowley and Lawrence Zarian

Posted on October 01, 2013, 8:00 am
5 mins

Fashion Forecast with Vogue at Bellevue Collection Fashion Week

Style expert Lawrence Zarian and Vogue’s Cara Crowley

During Fashion Week, Vogue market stylist Cara Crowley and style expert and television personality Lawrence Zarian joined the media between shows at The Bellevue Collection for an intimate lunch and chat session on the trends for fall.

Crowley manages high-profile events for the publication, including Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue. Zarian is red-carpet style expert who reports for Entertainment Tonight, has been a regular on Live with Regis and Kelly (Now Live with Kelly and Michael), conducts seminars, and is writing a book on style essentials. Together on stage, these two approachable style experts translated four key looks for fall—three for women and one for men—that would be featured in the Saturday Evening Vogue Front Row Show. The looks included Discreet Chic, Color Wheeling, Rebel Moves and Layering for Men. Their rapport with each other made for a low-key, entertaining but informative gathering followed by a question and answer session.

Discreet Chic showed a black and white, fit and flare dress and tall black boots on a model styled with a low “New York ponytail” and a red stain lip that is huge this fall. The Color Wheeling model wore the same chic ponytail and a tuxedo jacket that was bright red with burgundy lapels. Worn with burgundy wax skinny denim and tall ankle strap heels in the same color combination, it was a sophisticated look pairing two hot fall color trends: burgundy and red.

The Rebel Moves showcased rock star style with tartan plaid layered underneath a black motorcycle jacket with studded details, a stripe denim pant and heeled black short boots. Lawrence Zarian made a point to the crowd that a black leather motorcycle jacket was a “must have” for every closet this fall. Necklaces were also layered on top of each other making the point again that the more the better. For the men, layering was again, a key styling point. A shirt was layered underneath a hooded sweater and was worn under a jacket. Key detailing for men’s jackets were elbow patches and textured fabrics.

Fashion Forecast with Vogue at Bellevue Collection Fashion Week

Taking questions during the Fashion Forecast Lunch

During our question and answer session, Crowley and Zarian took notice that in Seattle we are “rocking the street style that is big in New York,” and because of our distinct seasons and weather, Seattle can translate new trends well. The two style experts encouraged fashion lovers to stay true to one’s personal style with foundation wardrobe pieces and change up a look for the season by adding trends to your wardrobe staples. In other words, if you are a “ jeans tucked into boots and sweater girl,”  you can stay true to elements of your look and still be on trend. Adding a red stained lip, a bright scarf or statement necklace can give an instant update.

What do our style experts say are key looks to have this fall?

  • A leather jacket
  • A bright piece (like a blouse, sweater or bag) to wear with black and neutrals.
  • Something in a wine/burgundy/oxblood color
  • A statement necklace
  • Scarves as an accessory for men
  • A New York ponytail (low and chic)
  • A red stain lip
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Writer Lisa Cole posing with style expert Lawrence Zarian and Vogue’s Cara Crowley

Also noted, the pointed-toe shoe is back, as are big statement earrings, and bright blue is still prominent in accessories. Metallics are also huge, especially in handbags because of the richness they add, and fall combinations of grey and brown and of grey and burgundy were prominent for both men and women.

I enjoyed meeting this stylish duo, who showed skillfully how to interpret fall trends from the runway to one’s closet and offered great insight on personal style. If you would like to follow Cara Crowley or Lawrence Zarian, check them out on Twitter @CaraKCrowley and @LawrenceZarian for all their latest fashionable updates and stylish tips.

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.