This fall, it’s all about sharp contrasts: fragility with strength, sexy with sweet, masculine with feminine. The look is more sophisticated, not overtly girly, and less drapey, more structured. Dresses remain important, but look newest in a sheath shape or lengths to or below the knee. But the emphasis is on easy, modern separates, particularly jackets, which can be worn in different ways. The add-on factor of separates presents more choices and means of expression for the incurably fashionable, as well as “seasonless” dressing in the fine art of layering.
Conventional tones like warm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel grays work well with cooler, crisper blues, greens and purples, which were among the top five colors used by designers showing in New York, followed by variations of warm red, orange and yellow. In Europe, many of the color choices, while similar to those spied in New York, looked more revved up in neon sorbet shades, flame red, deep indigo, magenta, aubergine, fuchsia, vivid peacock, emerald green, teal, chartreuse, bright clementine, and zingy marigold.