Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Fall 2010 Must Haves

#1. flares

The nineties are having a moment, which means that leg-elongating flares were back on the runways. Balmain's Christophe Decarnin may be known for his thigh-baring minidresses, but these boot-cut trousers prove he's no slouch in the pants department, either

#2. something velvet

Tactile, touch-me fabrics were big for Fall, none more so than velvet. Up-and-comer Joseph Altuzarra went with red and cut it into lean, mean pantsuits and coat-dresses one part power woman, the other part femme fatale.

#3. a camel coat

Beige, boring? Not since Phoebe Philo landed back on the scene last year. Taking cues from her influential resort collection for Celine, designers sent out a cavalcade of camel coats. Hannah MacGibbon's take for ChloƩ has an oversize menswear vibe.

#4. a shearling

Goodbye biker jacket, hello shearling aviator. Reed Krakoff's debut signature collection was long on strong outerwear; this butterscotch leather number was the flyest of the bunch.

#5. statement gloves

Basic black leather just won't do this Fall. Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy got arts-and-craftsy, stitching together their driving gloves from cut leather and hand-tatted lace.

#6. a fur bag

So much for the global economic recession. The fur was flying on the runways like it rarely has before. Marc by Marc Jacobs' lamb fur bag is one way to get the look without breaking the bank.

#7. short, cuffed jeans

Who needs another pair of jeans? You do, if you don't have Isabel Marant's capri-length, cuffed denim. Accessorize with equally fifties-ish pointy-toed pumps, varsity jacket, dangly earrings, and a high, bouncy ponytail.

#8. a cropped sweater

Dries Van Noten's slashed-sleeve, slouchy sweatshirt came in a close second, but our vote for Fall's must-have topper goes to the cropped sweater that popped up at downtowner favorites Proenza Schouler. Better register for that Core Fusion class stat.

#9. a longer skirt

Designer newcomers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row are getting behind the new longer skirt length, and where fashion influencers like these two go, others are sure to follow.

#10. a double-breasted jacket

Trouser suits were everywhere this season, but the smart money is on Bottega Veneta. Tomas Maier's double-breasted navy two-piecer is brilliantly simple and simply timeless.

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