I don’t know about you, but I’m an avid follower of the collections that designer houses come up with every season. From Tim Blank’s straight off the runway reports to editorials in Vogue, I follow the trends closely because of a genuine love for fashion and beauty.
Don’t get me wrong. Just because I keep myself updated, it doesn’t mean that I change my style to fit whatever’s “in” at the moment. There are a multitude of trends and all come and go. You’ll be crazy (and not to mention bankrupt) if you try to keep up. Instead, what I do is I stick to my own aesthetic and pick up trends I like and make it my own.
In this feature, you will see taking inspiration from the runway and mixing up pieces to give you runway look that you can wear everyday.
Pastels in the Fall
In his last collection for Jil Sander, Raf Simmons launched a poignant swan song as his girls wearing pastels walked down the runway to ethereal music. Pastels, being a color palette more popular during Spring and Summer, gave a sweet yet unexpected touch to his work.
(Left: Tory Burch, Right: Jil Sander, Fall / Winter 2012)
Raf’s color palette served as my inspiration for this pastel ensemble.
The coral skirt with its rosette texture and detail adds romance to the look while the mint top with appliqués is reminiscent of the pastel color blocking found in Jil Sander’s FW 2012 collection.
Lace Panels and Sheer Shifts
In Milan, romantic darkness emerged as a theme among the diverse collections shown. Gothic and renaissance were used to describe the season as a whole. The Dolce & Gabbana show, for example, was characterized by clothes in black lace, leather, chiffon, and gold ornaments that are modern renditions of fashion from centuries past.
(Dolce & Gabbana, Fall / Winter 2012)
This black and gold shift with a sheer curlicues overlay is a more wearable version of the trend spotted at the D&G show.
(Left: Mulberry, Right: Herve Ledger, Fall / Winter 2012)
Meanwhile, lace panels are still popular among the various shows this season. Below, lace panels make this gorgeous, form-fitting little black dress more interesting.
Winter Florals and Leather
The floral prints that invaded this year’s spring and summer collections has crossed over to fall and winter, taking on darker and richer hues and more abstract prints. Leather, of course, is an ever present material for the colder months of the year. Juxtaposed with the femininity of floral prints, you create an outfit that speaks of both the softness and strength of a woman.
(Derek Lam, Fall / Winter 2012)
In my own rendition of the trend, I veered away from the austerity of darker colors and chose a pastel colored floral shirt. The long sleeves and high neckline, however, still communicates the more reserved attitude of the season. The shoes too give the look an edgier vibe.
Just like leather, metallic fabrics have more or less become a staple during fall to winter runway shows. This is most probably because nothing represents the holidays more than these.
(Temperley London, Fall / Winter 2012)
Below, I paired a gold A-line skirt with a warm-toned floral shirt to compliment the richness of the gold.
All the clothes in this feature are from The Ramp Crossings at Trinoma. The shoes are by Pill, which you can also find at The Ramp Crossings.
I hope you found this helpful and I can’t wait to see you rocking your runway ready looks this rainy season! J
P.S. Forgive my sloppy editing. Just wanted to blur the background so it’s not distracting.