10. Gareth Pugh
I love this criss-crossing leather trench coat over the leather leggings. It’s tough to pull off an all-leather look when not on the runway, so I would suggest that my client add in a pop of color, such as a pair of cobalt blue suede pumps or a burgundy button down peaking out the bottom, to break it up a bit.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you know that peplum just might be the breakout trend of 2012. I love this hot red dress, it’s the perfect example of effortless chic style. I am definitely predicting that this will one day grace the red carpet, and when it does I would suggest keeping the accessories to a minimum. I could see a classic Chanel flap bag and a sky-high pair of black Louboutins perfectly completing this look, with maybe some delicate, barely-there gold jewelry.
8. Costume National
I am obsessed with the slouchy trousers look, and Costume National showed the absolute best ways to wear it! Since the bottom half is so masculine I would definitely recommend that a client play up her femininity on the top half. This doesn’t have to be with anything super girly like lace (although it could be). Here, a simple flash of midriff is just enough to make the look ladylike.
The structure of this dress is absolutely amazing. From the peplum (again!) flare at the waist to the raised shoulders to the tight-fitting knee length skirt… I can’t get over it! If I were dressing a client in this I would definitely suggest she wear her hair up, like the model does here, and if any jewelry at all maybe a statement necklace. I like the choice of the nude shoes as well- this dress does NOT need a lot of accessories, and especially not intense ones.
6. Elie Saab
Dying over the plunging neckline of this top, and paired with the flared pants it’s just the right amount of sexy. Elie Saab always does amazing sparkly pieces and this one is no exception. The belt, clutch, and stilettos are the perfect accessory choices- I literally would not change a thing about this look!
This outfit screams luxe to me. The rich eggplant color of the jacket is to die for, and I love it paired with these high waisted pants. One thing I noticed about the F/W shows was that designers offered more varieties of pants, and they were much more creative than just the typical trouser or skinny pant. This outfit is definitely evidence that fashion is becoming more and more experimental and I’m beyond excited about it!
4. Alexander McQueen
This cape-coat was one of the most beautiful pieces to be shown in Paris all week. The design embodies the uniqueness that one would come to expect from Sarah Burton, and I love the silver bow-belt as a finishing touch. While this look would be a little much for LA, I could definitely see it as the perfect strolling-through-the-streets-of-Paris in the wintertime look.
3. Isabel Marant
I love Isabel Marant because her clothes are so wearable. This outfit would be a go-to summertime look for so many of my clients in LA- the perfect example of Western-inspired casual. I’m loving this dusty pink color for spring and summer, and it will definitely transition to fall when paired with cowboy boots and a button down as shown here. The only accessories I suggest adding would be an armful of bracelets to personalize the look.
2. Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann’s entire F/W 2012 collection was next level in terms of design. This leather jacket is so well structured and I love it paired with these metallic copper pants. They key to pulling off such an intense color is to surround it with neutrals, like the jacket and the black booties, so that the color can take the focus of the outfit.
I love this quilted blue leather jacket and the velvet pants on their own, and together they look beyond amazing. It can be tricky to wear different shades of the same color in one outfit, but this look from Balmain totally nailed it. The buttoned up collared shirt with the embellished belt are the key to making it work, and all together it gives off a super fun, 60’s British rock vibe.
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