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As with my last post on the top 10 accessories for fall, it was indeed difficult to narrow my picks for the essential apparel items to pick up.  I used my past guide through the main trends to help me out.  Here are what I as The Man of Style think you need to get through fall and winter in style!

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Le Smoking’

1.  TAILORED PIECES.  The tuxedo made for a woman is one of the sexiest things you can wear.  Yves Saint Laurent is a fashion house known for this iconic look, starting back in the days of Yves, to current Creative Director Stefano Pilati.  Other designers that create amazing bespoke creations like this are Tom Ford and Stella McCartney.  They know women!

Stella McCartney

2.  SWEATERS.  It may be silly that I am even mentioning sweaters, as they are clearly a necessity for the season, but I wanted to show the sweater of this season.  Oversized shapes and knits are key, more so than the fine-gauge.  Combine them with equally slouchy separates like the pants at Stella McCartney (above), or with pretty skirts, like the Rodarte look (below right).  Color-blocked sweaters are also fun for fall, as seen at Celine and other labels.

the mix

I should also point out the super pretty dresses in this Vogue shoot by the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Rodarte, and Vera Wang.

Vera Wang

3.  THE COAT.  There are many types of coats and jackets to pick up for the cold weather.  My favorites are the fur-trimmed parkas shown over pretty frocks at Vera Wang and Altuzarra.  The juxtaposition is so nice!

Arizona Muse with Joseph Altuzarra

4.  SPARKLE.  A dress, skirt, or accessory that has just a bit of beading, or all-over sequins is a fabulous addition to your autumn closet.  Arizona Muse wore a stunning dress with fur-trimmed shoes by Joseph Altuzarra to the Met Gala last spring.  This was shown on the runway with a parka (as mentioned previously).

sparkle and shine

Photographer Bruce Weber captured young fashion star, actress Hailee Steinfeld, amongst a rainbow of glittery Miu Miu shoes.  No need to click your heels in these because you’ll want to stay wherever you are (Kansas or otherwise).

Christopher Kane

5.  PLASTICS.  From Christopher Kane to Prada to Louis Vuitton, plastic makes it possible…to be completely chic for fall!  PVC trimming a pant, or full-on plastic paillettes on a sheath dress, there are so many dazzling looks.

the body

6.  BODY-CONSCIENCE.  Of all the designers to play with a woman’s shape this fall, Stella McCartney had the most fun, with super modern and sophisticated results.  She played with both ends of the spectrum as far as proportion, starting with looks that included tailored jackets that had exaggerated shoulders that I found interesting, but not my favorite in reality.  The middle and end of the show featured dresses and separates that cinched in at the waist with illusion panels (as seen above on some Hollywood starlets), and sheer polka dot fabric that showed skin, without actually showing too much.

Lauren Santo Domingo

LSD shows two trends together.  A body-conscience duo (top and skirt) by Stella McCartney with a peplum, and paired with a custom-made blue and black tuxedo jacket.

printed to perfection

7.  PRINTS.  Prints of some kind will always be big from season to season. Two varieties stood out this year, one of them being the tribal or Southwest-influenced.  This beautifully cut jacket by Proenza Schouler would be all you need to get on board with this trend.  Get this and other fabulous pieces at or for more on this design duo’s creations.


8.  THE THIN TURTLENECK.  From high-fashion label Celine, designed by one of my favorite people, Phoebe Philo (and bff of Kanye West), to high-fashion on a budget H&M, the added layer of a thin white turtleneck is certainly a key piece for fall.  It looks so crisp under modern-shaped coats and jackets.

H&M fall 2011

warm up

9.  FUR.  Whether it’s faux or the real thing, or even just the winter coat sheared off of a sheep, some kind of fur is a must-have addition for fall/winter.  I love this mix on silver-haired model Kristen McMenamy from a Vogue shoot.  A Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld shearling and suede coat looks amazing over a green silk blouse knotted at the neck from Celine, a patterned skirt by Dries van Noten, and coppery heeled loafers by Alexander Wang.

snake charmers

10.  PRETTY SHEER.  The second print key for fall other than the tribal print mentioned before, is the snake print, shown above in the Chloe fall campaign.  Along with that trend is the prettiness of sheer fabrics, printed or not.  Almost all designers featured sheer in some way.  My favorites came from Vera Wang, Givenchy, and Chloe, of course!

HONORABLE MENTION.  The paneled pant.  From 3.1 Phillip Lim to Derek Lam here in the States, to Celine and Chloe from Paris fashion week, the pant of the season is the two-tone paneled pant.  Wear these with almost all the other trends.  Happy fall!


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