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Falling for fall

August 8, 2014

I think we’ve heard enough about summer fashion for the year, we’ve all worn our flowing maxi dresses, our gladiator sandals and the occasional bathing suit (I hope).  Now, it’s time to get to best season of the year….FALL.   It seems that every boutique in Newport Beach is having a “next season sale now” so it’s an opportune time to cash in on all the pre-fall savings, but what should I buy you ask?  This week I break down what the top designers have put down their runways, with some styling tips on how to make the trends your own.

BOLD COLORS: Forget moody  and dark. The Fall collections came in happy hues and the bolder-the-better brights. But what really set the season aglow were the unexpected color combinations: pink, orange and deep purple; teal and taxicab yellow; crimson (the hottest hue of the season) and cobalt blue.


Styling Tip:
 Choose a shade to suit your skin tone and wear with contrasting accessories for a bold daywear statement. Be bold and shop at Bardot.
SPOT ON:  Polka dots made their mark on the runway from micro-dots to the full Dalmatian treatment. The polka pièce de résistance, however, came from Marc Jacobs, who tattooed his entire collection with spots and circles, injecting the classic print with a new grown-up glamour.


Styling Tip:
 Supersized spots have a built-in wow factor so limit yourself to just one polka-dotted piece. Shop Sadie Slick, they’ll have pieces that are spot on!
PRINTWORKS:  Designers brought a dose of drama to the runways with graphic stripes, abstract patterns and tribal motifs painted over everything from evening gowns to prim button-down blouses. The explosive clash of patterns is guaranteed to liven up any dreary day.

Styling Tip: Mixing prints is a modern move, but be sure to keep all your pieces in the same color family. Check out A’marees, they have the right mix!
PYTHON:  While leopard has run wild the past few seasons, snakes have taken a bigger bite out of Fall. Designers swooned over all things serpentine, and python in particular was offered as a decidedly chic and luxurious look. Whether as a second-skin dress or scaled back as an accent accessory, reptile is a wardrobe essential.

Written by Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, LeslieChristen.com , gives her audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion contributor for several local publications. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality.

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