Style expert and author Lawrence Zarian, together with Vogue Director of Special Events Cara Crowley, hosted a Fashion Forecast luncheon for media on Thursday, September 25, 2014 to share some of the top trends for Fall 2014. Vanguard Seattle‘s Executive Editor Sarah Caples and I joined a host of bloggers, writers and other media ladies who lunch as six favorite looks for fall were shown on models on the runway as well as on screen, with commentary provided by Zarian and Crowley.
We also watched a video from the Vogue 73 Questions Video Series, which is a single shot video asking an interviewee 73 questions—in this case, Anna Wintour—“to see what they like, what they hate, and most importantly—what they know.” It is a great little video that gives a sneak peak behind the scenes at Vogue and a little insight into the great editor Wintour.
Here is a rundown of the top featured trends:
- Winter whites. A white out is a glamorous way to welcome a new season. Don’t be afraid to go head-to-toe in this monochromatic look that works well on any skin tone. You can add a soft neutral accent if you wish, like a gorgeous gray scarf or even mix white and cream for a little edge.
- Knits. All over the runway this season, chunky knits, soft cashmere, and beautiful wool have also appeared, from soft beanies to oversized sweaters to slouchy pants. Comfortable chic is here in a big way.
- 60s Inspired. Retro looks in pop-art prints and mod silhouettes make a comeback in a sleek and modern way. Think bright colors and clean lines that are sure to get you noticed. This is a fresh approach to classic cool pieces.
- Flirty dresses. What is better than a dress? It’s a one-and-done situation. This, fall the A-line dress is back in imaginative ways. The gorgeous florals, fit and flare silhouettes, and great details like pockets (a dress detail must-have for me) put dresses at the top of the list this fall. Wear them with flats, heels or tights and boots.
- Zippers. Zip it, sister. This little detail is everywhere. It’s a little hint of rebellion that gives an edgy flair to bags, sweaters, shoes, coats, and accessories. Whether they are asymmetrical on a jacket or running up the sides of a sweater, a little bit of zipper gives a lot of attitude.
- Texture. Fur, shearling, calfhair, mohair—its all about the textures of the pieces that make them pop. From boots to handbags, sweaters, ponchos, coats and more, these pieces have serious textural edge.
Other trends include wide belts on sweaters and coats that really flatter, and the return of chic gloves, both long and short. Ankle boots and over the knee boot styles rule right now, as do statement jewelry pieces, including big cocktail rings and art nouveau necklaces and earrings. And speaking of statements, the statement eye is hot right now, with bold colors and eyeliners to make your peepers stand out.
What is the takeaway from all these fashion updates? Try something new. You can look polished and be comfortable. Details matter. You don’t need a pile of cash to be on trend, but it is smart to invest in good classics, like a tuxedo style blazer. You can hit the fast fashion stores for the trendier looks; my favorite way to dress is mixing both high and low pieces. Remember, no one should be a billboard for other people’s labels. And finally, there is nothing more beautiful than confidence, so wear what you love.