Posted on 20 September 2011
Five Washington-area fashion industry experts weigh in on what trends to buy (and love) this season.
MUST-HAVE ACCESSORY Elie Tahari's Betsey Fox stole. Such dramatic appeal makes it an instant throwback to old-world glamour, especially with the perfect pair of tailored trousers and pointy-toe shoes. For a more dramatic look, I'll reach for a longer skirt.
“I am most excited about the classic sheath dress. The silhouette is effortless and modern. It has been re-invented through rich colors, lavish textures and clever fabric combinations.” -Amanda Johnson. Photo: Max Azria.
FAVORITE TREND: The color red in all its many beautiful shades. We have pieces in dark “rouge” from every collection we carry: Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, Lanvin, Celine and Roland Mouret. I also love the mod ’60s shift or “Jackie” dresses that we are also featuring from all our collections.
“A fox scarf especially in the many beautiful jewel tones shown on the runways.” -Carol Mitchell. Photo: Jill Stuart
MUST-HAVE ACCESSORY: Collars. This accessory instantly changes any outfit from white blouses to cocktail dresses. I plan to make them the focal point of my outfit.
“Mixing classic feminine and masculine designs to create a chic glam rock look.” -Lemma Ibrahim. Photo: L.A.M.B.
LaShea Green: Couture Buyer, Saks Jandel
MUST-HAVE ACCESSORY Statement pieces, like a large necklace or large earrings paired with a Jackie Onassis-style sheath dress. I love Oscar de la Renta accessories.
“I am excited about the mixing of luxury and glamour exemplified by fur trim pieces, fur cuff on a cashmere coat and dresses with fur necklines or hems.” -LaShea Green. Photo: Rebecca Taylor
FAVORITE TREND I am always excited by fall’s color palette.This year’s antique orange, emerald and plum anchored by sage and indigo made me yearn for cooler months ahead.The variety of silhouettes and abundance of knits informed men that impeccable tailoring can be loose and comfortable. My favorite looks were surgically tailored denim blazers with voluminous twill cargo pants, and enveloping double-faced wool greatcoats over slim-fit, five-pocket denim.
“I have a cardigan compulsion. I’ve made room for a G-Star Raw military-inspired cardigan that doubles as outerwear. Turn up the hefty shawl collar, bury my hands in the pockets, and I'll be ready for the most blustery fall day." -Gregory Lennon. Photo: Perry Ellis