Cocktail Couture: This year’s fall fashion trends take the tried-and-true and turn it up a notch.
Designers this fall set out to correct a few misconceptions for this fall season’s fashion trends:
Misconception: Fall fashion calls for dark colors.
As we saw with the spring and summer months, the brighter the ensemble, the better. And it isn’t any different for the fall season — albeit, we aren’t talking DayGlo bright. Tone it down, and go for honey gold, tangerine, chartreuse, rose and especially blue. Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Herve Leger, to name a few, all rocked the blue hue on the runway.
Misconception: Tweed doesn’t flatter.
When you have Michael Kors working with the woolen, flecked fabric, you’re left with garments that are more than just a replication or recreation of your grandmother’s tweed dress collection. Kors knows how to take this classic fall statement borrowed through the years and transform it into an elegant and timeless look. Pair it with some Manolo Blahnik pumps, and you have a match made in couture heaven.
Misconception: Leather is not Arizona-friendly.
OK, this one is true — especially in the summer months — but this fall, break some rules during the cooler, early-winter months. Leather is found in nearly every designer’s collection — whether it’s a leather dress, leather accessories … you name it. For something a bit understated but sexy, give Jean Paul Gaultier’s tough, sleek leather bodice pencil dress a chance. With such a simple design and shape, dress it up with standout shoes and accessories.
Misconception: Men couldn’t care less about what they wear.
Come on; if this were true, we wouldn’t have custom clothiers out there, like Astor & Black, providing tailored, personalized looks for men of all ages. Ladies, now that you’re ready for your next cocktail party, charity event, holiday party or even your next date night, ensure the man in your life looks just as great. And anything that looks like it came straight from Mad Men will always do.
Meet the Team:
Makeup artist: Joanna Avillar for Mane Attraction Salon, maneattractionsalon.com
Hair stylist: Randee Miller for Mane Attraction Salon, maneattractionsalon.com
Male Stylist: Katie McEndoo of Astor & Black, (310) 259-4406
Female Stylist: Kira Brown, fashionphoenix.com
Location: Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., (480) 850-8606, talkingstickresort.com
Women’s dresses, shoes and accessories: Nordstrom, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback, (480) 941-2140, nordstrom.com
Suits: Astor & Black, astorandblack.com; Shoes: Allen Edmonds ‘Clifton’ Oxford, Nordstrom
Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012