September is the perfect time of year to start afresh: new goals, a new perspective, and of course some new reasons to re-evaluate your personal style. This year Fall dressing is all about putting a spin on the classics and thinking outside the box. There are also some returns to trends of years gone by because fashion wouldn’t be fashion without a polished version of old favourites.

It’s no question that we’re always on the hunt for things that make our lives easier and more convenient. Take GPS, Siri, electronic books, and Google for example. This fall, stylish convenience comes in the form of the Robe Coat. Made famous by the iconic Katharine Hepburn, this piece of outerwear is just the right amount of haphazard. It’s extremely user friendly in that it can be worn either open or closed, slung over the shoulders, tied with a knot or bow and essentially reworked to suit the style of nearly everyone. Joseph Altuzarra sent divine colour blocked robe coats down this year’s fall runway in gorgeous royal blue, navy, white, black, green, camel, and magenta. Richard Chai Love also featured this style of coat in a stunning washed blue-grey colour worn over a grey turtleneck and a pair of black leather mules leaving much to the imagination in a most chic way.

RobeCéline, Richard Chai Love, Altuzarra, Moschino

Fall makes room for texture. After a summer of flimsy airy fabrics, the desire to put on something heavy and warm runs rampant. This fall, make some room in your closet for pieces featuring shearling. Although not as overtly glamourous as classic fur detail, shearling is super versatile either for a day look paired with your favourite pair of denim, or night with leather pants or over a evening dress to create an effortless look. On the runways, Prada showcased a line of shearling coats in myriad colours: purple and yellow, black and red, and one piece in a bold geometric red, yellow, and black print with purple shearling collar. Even Alexander Wang, the king of sophisticated athletic-wear inspired fashion, incorporated this trend into his collection with a cobalt blue bomber jacket with black shearling trim.

Shearling mainTom Ford, Isabel Marant, Sacai, Akris

Aside from denim jackets, who’d of thought Western would ever make a comeback following the cowboy boot epidemic circa 2005. Fashion’s come full circle, as they say, as Western has been interpreted in a more sophisticated albeit sombre way. Cushnie et Ochs embraced this trend with black lace, peplum, ankle boots, wide brim hats, and of course their signature cut out designs. Tibi was a fan of this trend as they dressed their models in hats, fringed jackets and scarves with cowgirl classic denim making an appearance. Last (and most certainly not least), Chanel took Western to a whole new level at their Pre-Fall show in none other than Dallas, Texas. With the entire show based around this trend, look no further than Chanel for some inspiration as Lagerfeld had his models wear hats, boleros, feathers, fringed tweed jackets, and leather riding boots. Not least of all, the models sported a little dirt on the cheek in a “just jumped off my Palomino” look. Western has never looked so glamourous.

WesternTibi, Cushnie et ochs, Kenneth Cole, Chanel

Typically fall is welcomed for it’s downplayed and neutral colours. Black becomes a staple for almost everyone at the turn of the season, probably because it’s easy and slimming and focuses on the need to stay warm as opposed to looking fashionable. Luckily, this year the popular fall trend is the brighter the colours the better; it’s like summer never left. Prabal Gurung was the perfect example of this on the runways with his dark, sexy reds, oranges, and greens while Thakoon had the perfect transitional summer to fall collection. With pieces in bright Pacific blue with magenta roses in a digital printed effect the designer finished his outfits with an equally bright sweater around the shoulders signifying protection from crisp climates, while not succumbing to normal dark tones.

BrightBottega Veneta, Chanel, Thakoon, Alexander Wang

Review by Robyn Yager
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