Fashion musings

(Fall)ing Back in Love

It’s that time of year. The September issues have begun to drop, the smell of fashion week is in the air, and it’s finally time to break out those pieces from the Fall/Winter ’12 collections you’ve been coveting for the past six months.  Facing the prospect of missing not one, but two seasons this year (see: relocating to Florida) has made me all the more nostalgic for Fall.  Too often, Fall is seen as the precursor to the coldest time of the year, and the Grim Reaper, if you will, to summer. This year, let’s instead try to embrace Fall for what it does bring: The biggest and best magazine issues of the year, the F/W collections arriving in stores, and finally letting those denim cutoffs have a break. Below, a few looks that have me simultaneously falling back in love with fall and the f/w 2012 collections:

Going clockwise, starting at the top: Phillip Lim 3.1, Honor, Vera Wang, Chanel, Thakoon, Peter Som, more Phillip Lim 3.1, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg.

I think I may have just inadvertently created a new game show, The Wheel of Fashion. Can someone make that happen? Joe Zee could be the host, Karlie Kloss could be Vanna White, and all the phrases would be from Rachel Zoe and past episodes of Kell on Earth. Eh, eh? Any takers?

A discussion of the outfits, going clockwise, starting from the top: Statement necklaces have dominated the likes of Pinterest style boards for a few months now, and it seems only fair that other aspects of our outfits have their turn at becoming statement pieces as well. For this, Phillip Lim 3.1’s statement sweater seems like an obvious next step as we transition into fall, which inevitably means cooler temperatures. Next, Honor’s poufy skirt look wins my heart for one simple reason: it brings to mind a certain outfit worn by a certain Carrie Bradshaw during a certain series finale. And really, isn’t it every girl’s wish to look like Carrie Bradshaw?

Vera Wang understands that when it’s cold, layers are a necessity, and succeeded in making them look less hobo, more chic. Chanel’s look is included because although it’s not even technically fall yet, the “Skant” as it’s been dubbed is already having a moment. After Carven’s S/S 2012 cut out dresses, it would follow that those same cutouts would shrink come cooler temperatures, and that’s where Thakoon’s all-black jumpsuit comes in. Further proof that the skant is having a moment comes with Peter Som’s one-third sheer, two-thirds awesome (just kidding, more like three-thirds awesome.) all-white ensemble. Phillip Lim’s second look proves that mustard isn’t just for hot dogs, it’s for french fries pants, too. And for those days when it’s too chilly for short sleeves, too warm for long sleeves, Phillip Lim enters the equation with a solution: sheer sleeves.  And for those days when all you want to do is leave the house in your blanket, now you can, provided it’s of the tartan variety, courtesy of Michael Kors’ Fall runway. Additionally, showing a bit of leg, Anja Rubik style, helps as well. Last but not least, Diane von Furstenberg designed a look I would gladly wear for the rest of my life. Bermuda-harem hybrid shorts, sequins and oxblood abound, and what I’m fairly certain are velvet ankle boots matched with full-length patent leather gloves, there is nothing about this look that isn’t fully on-trend with the Fall runways, while somehow still managing to appear to have longevity in one’s closet beyond Fall 2012.

And for those of you who object to the above collage being too static, and would prefer seeing the clothes in action, I present you with the rotating wheel of fashion. This could also be a statement about the nature of fashion being cyclical, etc., etc., interpret as you will.

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