With Labor Day just moments away, we start to say goodbye to a beautiful summer and embrace the new fall season… and more importantly, the new collections! Fall is full of amazing new trends: menswear-inspired coats and fabrics, punk-rock glam, mid-century silhouettes, even crazy colored coats and furs. There is certainly enough variety to keep us busy. Of course, there are always just a few colors that seem to work their way into most of the trends, and this season, emerald is making a big splash! Here are a few ways this color has infiltrated the hottest trends of fall 2013.
MENSWEAR-INSPIRED COATS AND FABRICS
Whenever I think of menswear, I am immediately filled with visions of my great grandfather in beautifully tailored 3-piece suits constructed from fine Italian wools in a variety of plaids and houndstooth prints. This season, we are seeing just that and then some. Designers are taking those gorgeous fabrics and constructing them into modern dresses, skirts, pant suits, overcoats and even gowns. Although we traditionally think of menswear fabrics in greys and other more neutral tones, this season, designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Sacai are using these luxe fabrics in deep emerald tones. 3.1 Phillip Lim added a beautiful oversized solid emerald coat to its collection, and Sacai did a stunning emerald tartan pant suit, giving this traditional style a fresh update for fall.
The punk rock trend often denotes leather and studs, but the element I love most about this trend is all of the plaid. It harkens back to our old school uniforms, if you will. Of course, emerald has always been a prominent color for plaid, and as such, we are seeing it used in everything from shirts to skirts and even coats. When paired with a little leather and some metal hardware, this emerald plaid proves to be the perfect fabric choice for a punk rock look.
The words mid-century often conjur up visions of streamlined sofas and Herman Miller chairs. But when it comes to fashion, you have to think about what the fabulous ladies of that time period were wearing while seated in those iconic pieces of furniture. That’s exactly what the fashion world did this season! From Prada to Celine to Dior, many designers created silhouettes of nipped-waist skirts and coats with longer hemlines and fuller skirts. And of course, emerald was a common theme. Prada turned out a gorgeous emerald green tweed skirt suit, while Celine showed a stunning mohair emerald green coat with a matching clutch and booties.
CRAZY COLORED COATS AND FUR
This season, many of the designers opted out of the standard brown and black when it came to their outerwear color choices. Coats and furs in bold colors where all over the runways! It seemed as though this was a trend that almost all of the designers were in on. Icons with completely different approaches to fashion, including Roberto Cavalli, Anna Sui and Vivienne Westwood, incorporated emerald green into their outerwear collections in exciting ways. Cavalli did an almost chevron striped fur coat in black, red, purple, and, of course, emerald, while Anna Suit gave us a solid emerald fur coat. Vivienne Westwood maintained her classic aesthetic with a bright emerald green and plaid asymmetrical wool coat.
I’m sure you’re as eager as I am to trade in your summer wardrobe for some fresh fall finds. I hope all of this helps you create some looks that will have your friends emerald green with envy.