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Fall 2017 trends from New York Fashion Week

Romeo Hunte fall 2017 NYFW

The last model has walked off the catwalk in New York City, leaving the world with a new set of trends for the upcoming fall/winter 2017/2018 season. While many of the trends designers showed for fall are continuing from the fall 2016 season, several are new, or have been reinvented with a slightly political twist. Oh yes, the common theme for fall 2017 was a nod to the politically charged climate of right now. Designers translated this into the glum side of 1990s fashion when minimalism was king, and everyone wore all-black. Combine the glum 1990s with the current angry, divisive political climate, we have a theme for fall 2017 which I am dubbing the “Angry 1990s.”

Angry 1990s

nicholas k fall 2017 nyfw

Nicholas K fall 2017 NYFW

The 1990s are when I came into my own. I graduated from high school, then college, lived a little in my 20’s, then began applying to graduate school. Politically, Clinton was in office, and most liberal-minded people were happy about that. Conservatives were upset with the moral climate in the 1990s, but no-one held violent protests. Although people had jobs in the 1990s, it was not always the job one wanted. It was extremely difficult to find a well-paying job, until the dot-boom began it’s uptick in 1998. The result in fashion was simple minimalism and dark colors. It was not nearly as politically charged as what we are seeing today. I find it interesting that designers are comparing the two. Conservatives and liberals had some social issues to be upset about in the 1990s, but we didn’t see the venom we are seeing today. Without turning my happy fashion place into a political forum, the 1990s were a time of change, not upheaval. Right now, we have some upheaval. This was reflected on the runway, combined with 1990s minimalism, dark hues, and an all-black uniform.

Collections with all-black look as well as looks infused with political upheaval, were spotted on the fall 2017 runways of Nicholas K, Hakan Akkaya, Namilia, and Francesca Liberatore.

Red

tadashi shoji fall 2017 nyfw

Tadashi Shoji fall 2017 NYFW

How could you miss it! If Green is the color of 2017, it was overshadowed completely by Red for fall 2017. Almost every designer had at least one red look on the runway for the upcoming cold weather season. Red was spotted on everything as both a solid color, and part of a print. This is the color to invest in right now, and to keep from last year. Look for red, red and more red for fall 2017. Love!

Designers who are seeing red for fall 2017 include Tadashi Shoji, Nicholas K, Dan Liu, Romeo Hunte, A Detacher, CG by Chris Gelinas, Custo Barcelona, Marcel Ostertag, and Vivienne Hu.

Bomber Jackets

RtA fall 2017 NYFW

RtA fall 2017 NYFW

This is a continuing trend from last year, and if you don’t already own one, now is the time to buy one. Bomber jackets have exploded louder than a bomb for the upcoming fall 2017 season. Designers are showing them with casual ensembles, as well pairing them with trousers, skirts, and over dresses. This is the jacket of the season, so make sure you have at least one in your closet!

There were several designers who love bomber jackets for fall, they include Custo Barcelona and Marcel Ostertag.

You can jump on this trend now, here are a few fabulous bomber jackets for spring which will make you look like you are already rocking fall 2017’s hottest trend in outerwear:

The bomber jackets shown above reflect current and fall trends. They can carry you from this season into fall. Love that!

Bold Faux Fur (of real if you wear real fur)

tadashi shoji fall 2017 nyfw

Tadashi Shoji fall 2017 NYFW

If sporty bomber jackets aren’t your thing, never fear, bold faux fur is here! If you thought bold and outrageous faux fur jackets were only meant for the streets outside fashion week, you were correct-until now. For fall 2017 we will see an influx of bold faux fur coats and jackets to covet. This is the ultimate way to stay warm for fall 2017 and winter 2018. You will feel like you are paparazzi-ready in a bold faux fur jacket paired with jeans, thrown over a dress, or worn with cropped trousers. Your bold faux fur coat or jacket should take you from weekend to evening. It is the ultimate wear-everywhere coat. You will rock it at the grocery store, you will rock it downtown, you will rock it at dinner, and you will rock at a cocktail party. It will be your signature piece. Invest in at least one for fall 2017, bold faux fur is everything.

Designers who rocked the bold fur trend include RtA, Romeo Hunte and Tadashi Shoji.

Metallics

Custo Barcelona fall 2017 NYFW

Get ready to shine! Fall 2017 is lit up with shining, sparkling metallics! They are being shown as stand-alone fabrications, as well as accents to colorful pieces. Designers are showing metallics for daytime, athleisure, the office, and of course evening. This is a trend to invest in for fall, and to also have fun with. If the Angry 1990s have got you down, turn the other cheek and sparkle. This is the fun side of fall 2017 fashion!

Metallics popped up on so many fall 2017 runways including those of Michael Costello, Nicholas K, RtA, Hakan Akkaya, Yuna Yang, Custo Barcelona and Marcel Ostertag.

All-Black

Hakan Akkaya fall 2017 NYFW

In the 1990s, the all-black look was king. It is returning for fall 2017 as the polar opposite way of dressing from the brightly put together textures and metallics for fall. If showing your style means blending in with the crowd, all-black is your trend. Now, the all-black look was often shown with the “Angry 1990s” look, but, this does not mean it was always shown as angry. Many designers showed all-black as a chic alternative to metallics, velvet, red, lace, and “look-at-me” styles. This is the yin to fall’s yang. If you are perfectly happy with the current political climate, you can still easily rock the all-black look. It is not a political statement, nor a nod to the red or blue side of the aisle. All-black is a classic, bi-partisan look which is hot for fall; it should be taken at face value.

The all-black look appeared on the runways of designers such as Vivienne Hu, Nicholas K, Hakan Akkaya, Taoray Wang and CG by Chris Gelinas.

francesca liberatore fall 2017 nyfw

Francesca Liberatore fall 2017 NYFW

While these six trends for fall 2017 stood out from the crowd, there are several continuing trends which are noteworthy for fall 2017. Look for the continuation of lace, velvet, dark purple, fall florals, large plaid, culottes, cropped pants, slimmer skirts, bell sleeves, ruffles, 1970s influence, brocade, embroidery, pale beige, all-white looks, green (of course!), light camel, pops of yellow, and pops of cobalt.

There you have it! Fall 2017 in a nutshell. What do you think? Do you have a favorite trend for the fall/winter 2017/2018 season?

A Detacher fall 2017 NYFW


Mini bags for spring 2017

From top left: Gucci Marmont Camera bag (huge IT bag under $1000) / brown suede bag (under $500) / YSL mini bag (under $1000) / white bracelet bag (IT bag of spring 2017) / black mini tote (under $1000) / white tassel bag (faux leather under $60) / striped box bag (under $300) / black box bag (splurge and it’s fabulous!)

You might be wondering, “Did I read that right? Mini-bags for spring 2017?” Yup! You read that correctly. Mini bags didn’t actually go anywhere, they are still here and hot for spring 2017.

The runways for spring 2017 told a different story for spring. Designers opted for medium sized bags, small trunk bags, and duffel bags. While the mini bag did grace the runways, it did not dominant the runways like the more practical, medium handbag did. It was most popular on the Paris runways, and when Paris speaks, store buyers listen, and consumers covet. So, we have the mini-bag for spring 2017 as the hottest handbag trend of the season. Just like that!

It is possible you already own a fabulous mini-bag; after all, this is not a new trend. In fact, there is nothing “groundbreaking” about it. Chances are, you have more then one mini-bag in your closet. If so, then you are all set! If not, then now is the time to add at least one mini-bag to your handbag collection.

While mini-bags are not practical for everyday use by those of us with children, they do come in handy for a girl’s night out, date night, or to keep in a work tote for lunch break. No-one wants to lug around their work tote during lunch break. A mini-bag can be pulled out of a bulky tote and offer a nice, light load while on break. Love that!

Since another hot trend for spring 2017 happens to be neutrals, this makes shopping for a mini-bag simple. Look for a mini-bag in a neutral tone you know you will wear often. Personally, I reach for black first, but a nice caramel, light beige, grey, or white will also work well for the warm weather season.

If you are seeking the IT bag of the mini-bag world, then this cute little number by Chloe is the bag you want. If IT does not suit your fancy, here are a few more fabulous handbags of the mini variety which are perfect for spring 2017:

Mini bags for spring 2017:

Camera bags for spring 2017 (also a hot trend, and they are mini too):

Which mini-bag is your favorite? What are your thoughts on this trend for spring?


Top 10 classic handbags right now

It seems every season we are seeking the current IT bag of the moment. While there are many IT bags on the market, there are always classic handbags out there which catch our eyes.

What is a classic handbag? To understand this, we need to ask ourselves what makes one handbag more classic than another handbag? A classic handbag is one which withstands the test of time. Timeless handbags have stood on the IT bag pedestal, and when another IT bag du jour stepped into the limelight, the previous IT bag never faltered; it never became cliché.

The reason I have titled this article “Top 10 classic handbags right now,” instead of saying “all time,” is because this list will change very year, or every few years. There are always new IT bags emerging in the fashion world which will eventually fall into obscurity, or rise to classis status.

There are several IT bags on the market right now which are hot for the moment. They may, or may not, become classics over time. To see the hottest bags on the street right now, visit my post here. For classic handbags, read on!

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 classic handbags right now.

  1. Hermes Birkin or Kelly: Groundbreaking right? You already knew this one! The Birkin and the Kelly have sleek lines and they are customizable in different sizes, colors, and fabrications. There is nothing gimmicky about the styling. The silhouette is chic and timeless, making it a classic handbag.

    How to style wide leg pants for spring
  2. Givenchy Antigona: Say whaaaat? Oh yes, this is the perfect example of a recent IT bag turned classic IT bag. The Givenchy Antigona has slid into the closet staple category; everyone feels the need to own at least one. It has a classic doctor bag silhouette and is offered in mini, small, medium and large sizes as well as several colors, and different fabrications. This is must-have for the modern age.

  3. Chanel Classic Flap or 2.55 shoulder bag: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Every handbag fan out there needs at least one in her closet. The classic flap and the 2.55 come in mini, small, medium, and jumbo versions. All sizes are hot, all colors enviable, and all fabrications lust worthy.

    Chanel Boy Bag styled for summer.
  4. Chanel Boy bag. Another example of a recent, modern IT bag turned classic. This bag has an edgy slant to it, surprising many when it became an instant hit. Since Chanel keeps reinventing this now-classic style every season, it is one of the most sought-after handbags of all time. Invest in at least one. It is the ultimate classic, casual shoulder bag to own.

  5. Chloe Marcie satchel: This casual, closet staple has held IT bag status for over a decade. The popular colors include black, beige, and caramel. This is a great everyday bag Chloe Girls love to own! It has an unique design which is slightly boho. The bag is easy to use and extremely durable, making it the IT bag for everyday.
  6. Gucci Boston Bag: This is a classic duffle satchel. It has been around fooooor-eva! The Gucci Boston is an everyday bag which is quite casual. It has a roomy interior making it great for girls who like to tote a lot of things around. Vintage versions can be found for well under $1000, making it a budget-wise purchase from the pre-loved market.
  7. Stella McCartney Falabella Tote: This vegan handbag is loved by celebrities and comes in small or large sizes. The Falabella is also available in many different colors making it a fun, everyday bag. The smaller versions can be worn for dressier occasions; not formal, just dressy.

  8. Balenciaga City Tote: The City Tote put handbag zippers and tassels on the map. This soft and scrunchy bag is roomy and practical, making it a go-to everyday bag on casual days. Balenciaga introduces it in new colors every season creating a market of superfans who collect the bag in every color imaginable. The most popular color among handbag lovers is Anthracite.
  9. Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote: This might be one of the most recognizable totes on the planet. The plain, simple design of the Neverfull has made it an easy go-to tote for Fashionistas everywhere. Almost everyone has it in their closet. It is a go-to when traveling, beach-bound, and the like.

    chloe drew
  10. Chloe Drew: This chic, 1970s inspired shoulder bag has a very of-the-moment saddle bag silhouette, yet it has proven to withstand the test of fleeting IT bag status. The Chloe Drew is extremely sought after, and continues to sell well in every color, fabrication, and unique style Chloe has thrown to market. This is most the modern of the current, classic IT bags.

What do you think of the handbags that made the list? Any surprises or bags you felt were missing? Data for this list was compiled through social media post frequency, natural observation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and online popularity. I worked on collecting data for this list over the course of six months, I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to comment below, I would love to hear what you have observed where you live too!

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XOXO

Cathy