Category Archives: Fall 2009 Trends

Fall Accessories Guide

Hey Glamazons!
This season, more actually is more. Ditch understated accents that just compliment your clothes. Fall’s accessories are no longer co-stars, they MAKE the outfit. The accessories of choice? The thigh-skimming boot, the costume jewelry necklace, the jeweled brooch, the long glove, the oversized day clutch, the cool hat, the leopard print bootie and lots of layered chain necklaces.
Instead of buying the whole accessories section at Nordstrom, invest in these three pieces: over-the-knee boots, leopard print booties and statement necklaces. Why? Because they’ll give your old Fall basics an instant update. An over-the-knee boot makes a pair of jeans look brand new in the same way a statement necklace adds pizzazz to a boring sweater. See? Totally, worth the investment.
PIECE TO BUY: Statement necklaces aren’t just for the prom, gala or red carpet anymore. Glamorous bib necklaces and layered chain necklaces are dressing up sweaters, tees and tanks this season! Throw one on and bring new life to your old Fall staples.

PIECE TO BUY: Over-the-knee boots are the style of choice this season! Note: to tone down the sex appeal (read: in order to not look like a streetwalker), wear them with a pair of fitted pants or leggings. If you want to rock a skirt or minidress, throw on tights in the same color as the boots (monochromatic color is huge this season!) to keep the sexiness at bay.

PIECE TO BUY: Accessories, like leopard print booties, always do the trick of transforming a plain wardrobe. They add sexy, trendy flair to your basic black, gray and brown pieces.

Yours truly rocking the look with Kandi from Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Fall Trends! If I Were A Boy…

Hey Glamazons!
Women have always brought a smoldering sexiness to menswear, and this season’s no different. The boyfriend blazer and the tuxedo jacket were all staples on the catwalk for the Fall season. The secret to wearing the look well is proportion; since you don’t want to get lost in the fabric, pair the oversized menswear looks with fitted looks: pants, dresses and even skirts.
Leave the over-the-top menswear costume-y looks to the fashion divas, Rihanna and Chanel Iman (below).

This season’s menswear sidesteps the three-piece suits and bowties, instead giving you two pieces to match with the more feminine looks in your wardrobe: (1) tuxedo jackets (2) boyfriend blazers.
Piece to Buy: The oversized men’s blazer! It’s so unbelievably versatile and when worn right, adds an effortless, unstudied sex appeal to any outfit. There are so many looks you can create with the blazer, let me count the ways: wear it with a sequined blouse, a black fringe cocktail dress, an oversized top and leggings, a white tank and skinny jeans, a black shirt and fitted pencil skirt, a bright pink sheath, the list goes on.

Piece To Buy: Unlike the oversized boyfriend blazer, the tuxedo jacket should be sleek and form-fitting. And since the satin lapels make it fancy, the full look should be dressed-up. Keep it feminine with a short dress, a racy corset or a pair of slim trousers. Add a red lip, layers of pearls and even lingerie (See Rihanna’s amazing Balmain outfit above) for irresistible femininity and glamour.


Fall Trends! Biker Girls

Hey Glamazons!
The good-girl-gone-bad style Rihanna made famous is moving from the airwaves to the runway. The recipe is to combine equal parts sweetheart and seductress, darling and diva, virgin and vixen, you get the idea. Think leather accented with florals & lace or suede booties covered in metal chains.

Piece to Buy: (Ahem…faux) Leather, Leather, Leather!! A pair of skinny leather pants, a sleek, leather pencil skirt, a motorcycle jacket with zippers, a studded-out bootie. Rock the latter with your floral dresses from summer for the ultimate biker chic look.


Fall Trends! Fabulous Forties

Maybe designers are recognizing the genius of Forties Fashion, an era where femininity was truly celebrated. Maybe designers are paying tribute to the Great Depression, as we currently face an increasingly dire economic state. But no matter the intention, there’s no denying it: we’re witnessing a revival of 1940’s Fashion.
The glamour, the power, the elegance of the WWII era is being reborn in demure necklines, hemlines that hit just below the knee, belted waists and pencil skirts.
It’s a powerful look that speaks to women in the 1940’s who singlehandedly supported the household while their husbands were at war; they were sharp, feminine and in control. The key pieces? Elbow length gloves. Thin belts. Tailored Suits. Long, elegant gowns. Dramatic hats. Peplum waists. Broad shoulders. Cinched waists. Oh, and lots of fur.

Victoria Beckham in her own design.

Amy Adams in Roland Mouret
L’Wren Scott
Chris Benz
Elie Saab

So classy!
Here’s how to make the look wearable. Invest in a thin belt to wear over sheath dresses and suits. The cinching was a staple of the classic, feminine 40’s silhouette.
And embrace fall’s hottest new 40’s-inspired cocktail trend: peplum.
It’s a single skirt layer that flares over a fitted dress or dances around the bottom of a blazer. It adds a flirty femininity to fitted looks and forms an hourglass figure by accentuating the waistline and adding to the curve of the hips.
Behnaz Sarafpour
Whitney Port
Elle Macpherson
Charlize Theron
Piece To Buy: A peplum dress or jacket will give your wardrobe an instant update. If you have curves, the silhouette will accentuate them in the most feminine way. If you’re boy-shaped, the look will create them where they didn’t exist. Either way, the fit-and-flare silhouette provides a flirty, fashion-forward look that’s very now.

Add a touch of forties glamour to your wardrobe this season with red-carpet inspired faux fur looks with down-to-earth price tags. Indulge in the ultimate recession luxury with the affordable fur shawls, vests and jackets below. P.S. If a fur coat, vest or shawl is too luxurious for your taste, add a small dose of drama with fur-lined purses, gloves and even boots.

Christian Lacroix
Andrew GN
Derek Lam

J. Mendel
Ashley Olsen
Victoria Beckham
Piece to Buy: A fur jacket or vest that’s as versatile as it is affordable. Look for one that can go edgy with a tank and boyfriend jeans or full-on glamourous with a cocktail dress and stilettos.


Fall Trends! I <3 The 80’s

Hey Glamazons!!!
September’s arrived replete with falling leaves, shorter days and colder weather. While I live for new fashion trends (hello sexy 80’s!), it’s a huge hassle to overhaul your entire wardrobe, especially when you’re trying to save every penny you can. Sigh. The good news? You can dust the mothballs off your cold-weather staples and buy a few double-duty trendy pieces to transition you fashionably into Fall.
And as always, I’ve done the work for you and found items you can buy at your local malls and favorite websites – you love me, don’t you? Keep clicking back for a series of Fall Trend posts with celebrity style, runway looks and lots of tips and tricks to make the trend work for you! After the last post, print this guide, hit the malls and watch your closet transform on a dime.
80’s Baby!
The 80’s are here to stay (and will be around this Spring too!). Before you are overcome with nightmares of pouffy skirts and wild hair (see SATC above), note that the new 80’s remix is sharp and decidedly sophisticated this season. The 80’s girl is still fun and look-at-me glamorous, but she’s all grown-up now.
Shoulder Pads
Fashion goes back to the future with shoulder pads from the 80’s. You have my approval to go digging through your Mom’s closets for a sexy, early Madonna-inspired blouse or Micheal Jackson military jacket to rock the look.
Does it get any better than Rihanna’s Balmain white lace blouse with shoulder pads?

Coats and jackets, like Kim Kardashian’s, take on a commanding, powerful feel with strong shoulders this season. The key to nailing the severe silhouette without looking broad? Make sure to balance it with a nipped-in waist.
Marc Jacobs shows how to embrace the 80’s strong shoulder silhouette. The narrow waist adds a much-needed dose of femininity to the strong shoulder look. Added bonus? The voluminous shoulders make your waist look even tinier.

Piece to Buy: A Michael Jackson-inspired military jacket with shoulder pads. Go for the jacket with embellishments—studs, embroidery, sequins—that really makes a statement. Compliment by pairing with basics like a white tank and black skinny’s; a black jumpsuit; even a neon pink dress from summer.
I wore the military jacket with shoulder pads with a black sweater dress to a Honey Magazine party last week to rave reviews and was told it was everything by the gay guys (when they co-sign, you know you look good!). Rihanna, Kanye West, Angela Simmons and Beyonce all seem to agree.

Affordable brands, like Bebe and Topshop, are selling fab jackets this season that borrow from celeb-favorite Balmain in look and style. An even better deal? Add shoulder pads to the blazer/jacket you already own. Just make sure the fabric is strong enough to withstand the extra padding.
80’s Haute Pink
Electric pink hues are this season’s bright idea. But in flashy florescent shades that work with every skin tone, they’re anything but pretty. Just like in my guide to summer brights, remember to pair this bold shade with neutrals like gray and black to tone down the explosion of color (unless you’re Heidi Klum and can rock a head-to-toe pink suit).
Marc Jacobs delivers again with a sexy hot pink look offset with black accents.

Dolce & Gabbana showed a ruched fitted hot pink dress with shoulder pads and a narrow waist.

Heidi Klum thinks pink in a sexy suit.

Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon proves that pink is the new black.
Piece to buy: Neon blouses that mesh brilliantly with your toned-down neutral staples. They have more versatility than you think. You can wear a neon pink blouse under a gray suit at work just as easily as you can rock it with a black miniskirt and leather jacket for the club.

Acid Wash Jeans

Grab your favorite pair of acid wash jeans from 1987 because they’re back and more popular than ever this season! The update? Acid wash skinny leg jeans. The look can be cropped, distressed or ripped, but always fitted.
Balmain showed an 80’s redux with military jackets and sexy acid-wash jeans.

Rihanna and Beyonce rock light and dark versions of the acid wash trend. Their colored accessories pop perfectly against the faded wash.

Kim Kardashian rocks the trend in a sleek acid-wash jacket. Loves! If you really want to embrace the decade’s comeback, go for an acid wash denim vest, an 80’s wardrope staple.
Get the look from your fave websites and stores:

And I absolutely adore these plus-size acid-wash jeans from Torrid:

Stay tuned for more!