Translating the Runway: Fall Colors
Black and white may arguably be the largest trend for fashion this year, however that doesn’t mean that color was left behind by designers. While many traditional autumn colors such as forest green, muted oranges, and crimson were common there were a few surprises to be seen. A vivid purple, known as grape purple, was seen in many shows--such as the pants in the Aigner show as shown above—that really stood out amongst the black and navy blue. The biggest color buzz came from the rather unexpected showing of pastels on parade. A seemingly fresh breeze from the past few seasons of neon, pastels can really elevate your look for the upcoming season. I took some of my favorite colorful outfits from the Fall 2013 Ready To Wear fashion shows and put together some easy to wear looks to try:
The look on the left was inspired the Aigner outfit that made my jaw drop. It’s really a simple look, a camel blazer with a colored pant, yet the color was updated. A camel blazer is a good addition to most wardrobes because it actually does go with most anything. I kept the shoes and bag as close to the color of the pant as possible in keeping with Aigner’s original look. I also think using any other color would take away from the impact of the purple. You can recreate this look with no problems using just about any color: primary yellow, crimson, and cobalt blue were all popular.
The middle look is from 3.1 Phillip Lim and is so incredibly easy to recreate and wear. The slighty baggy sweater and button down paired with skinny jeans look you normally sport on Saturday errands gets updated with the addition of a geometric print pant. I like the loafers with a slight crepe platform to give it a bit of a ‘90s edge. You could also pair it with a kitten heel or chunky heel to dress the outfit up a bit and change the overall look and feel. I’d avoid using the cabbage floral and Native American-inspired prints that are out right now because I think it takes the outfit from feeling almost timeless to making it super dated.
The outfit on the right mixes my need for dark greens in the fall along with adding a pastel powder blue trouser. This outfit is very ‘70s and incredibly versatile for many occasions. This outfit can also be dressed up depending on how you style it.
A lot of people are afraid of the runway shows because very often the fashion shown on models is very different than what’s available in stores. By learning how to pull from a designer look, such as a color or texture, you can easily add some flash to your wardrobe. Want more ideas for fall looks? Visit my Fall 2013 RTW Pinterest board for some ideas.
Katie Liz is a Huntington native and the blogger behind West Virginia Fashion, the state's longest running fashion blog. A graduate of St. Joseph high school, she went on to double-major in Printing Management and Moonshine at WVU Tech. She is a fan of eye shadow palettes, Chanel nail polish, leather handbags ballet flats, and the Russian language. She is currently stuck in traffic on I-64 westbound at the Nitro exit.
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