Illustrations by Mia Johnson
New York Fashion Week is over, London is just beginning and already we are seeing prominent trends for Fall 2010. While looking at styles from the runway it may be difficult to decipher what trends to implement in your own wardrobe. I would advise to not go forth with the shorts over the pants look that was seen at Comme des Garcons unless you want to look like a complete mook.
Instead go for a more classic look. Carrying over from last season, the bookish nerd look is still going strong. Classic blazers in velvet, wool and varying tones of grey paired with jeans were the look at Junya Watanabe and made for a casual yet classy look. If you want a dressier look both Viktor & Rolf and Lanvin showed dress pants on the slouchier side this season (borderline harem) that fell lower on the waist, while the suits at Marc Jacobs were more fitted and cut high at the ankle, an excellent way to show off the wingtip sneakers seen at Junya Watanabe. Both looks are suitable for fall so don’t let your look get stale and predictable. Switch off between the two varied looks.
To complete the bookworm look it is imperative to accessorize with thick rimmed glasses, which played a heavy role in the Viktor & Rolf show; They even had a pair of grey pants printed with small-embroidered thick-rimmed glasses.
Grey was all over the runways and while this may seem drab, it is fun to mix different tones of grey and add small pops of color to your outfit. Louis Vuitton added bright orange gloves and shoes as well as deep maroon sweaters to add a bit of life to grey and black suits. The contrast made for a stunning and unexpected look.
Another way designers spiced up suits these seasons was by adding prints. Thome Browne offered gingham suits while Comme des Garcon had suits in bold grey stripes. And going all out with the patterned suit concept was Alexander McQueen (at the Milan show) who had suits that looked like they had been splashed with paint.
There was a vintage appeal to many of the shows in New York. Rick Owens added fur to coat collars as did Prada creating a Harold (from Harold & Maude) 70s vibe. I suggest investing in a double-breasted camel coat with a shag fur lining. Add a chunky knit scarf and your ready for fall 2010.