Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.

(Above) Lace Resort

Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections.  This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.

BermudaTriangleBermuda Triangle 

Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders

Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.

BlackWhiteCompare and Contrast

Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez

The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.

CowgirlsIndiansCowgirls and Indians

Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller

Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.

InFullBloom In Full Bloom

Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London

A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon

Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.

PleatsPleasePleats and Thanks

Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni

Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.

sizemattersSize Matters

Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler

Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.

Video: Alice + Olivia Lure You into Their Pants With French Pop and Candy Colors

If Hello Kitty, the Spice Girls, Rainbow Brite and Willy Wonka had a slumber party, then it would probably look like Alice + Olivia’s spring 2012 campaign video. Set to the sounds of French bubblegum pop, the clip features cute girls in bright colors eating candy and playing dress up in Stacey Bendet’s latest designs for the brand, namely pants.

Given that the line skyrocketed to stardom 10 years ago for their playful pant offerings, this new film aptly titled "Get Into Our Pants" is a fitting tribute. Watch it below.

Super Saturday in the Hamptons: I Missed Kelly Ripa

I missed Kelly Ripa. After driving nearly three hours to a large field in Southampton with my best friend and a bag of trail mix to attend Super Saturday, I missed the most revered guest at the Hampton’s most charitable annual summer event.

Super Saturday is what it says it is: it’s a Super event on a day called Saturday where celebrities (like Kelly Ripa, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member (and Paris Hilton’s aunt) Kyle Richards, and Tiffani Thiessen) and a bunch of very charitable folk descend upon a lawn and shop, eat, and mingle for several hours—and then tweet about it later.

The best part. Well, wait, there are two parts:

1. Top designer clothes are sold at heavily discounted prices, à la Loehmann’s. Sant Ambroeus caters.

2. All the money raised via luxury raffle, expensive entry tickets, and on-site spending benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. This year, Super Saturday raised $3.6 million. 

But anyway, back to the main point: I missed Kelly Ripa. Most likely because I was too busy eating my second plate of Sant Ambroeus bow-tie pasta and/or surveying the line for psychic readings with Betsy Wahmann and/or devouring a corn husk.

The downside was that a lot of the designer clothes, such as Free People, alice + olivia, Diane von Furstenberg, and Intermix, nearly sold out within the first hour, and by hour we mean “ the secret hour,” when the people with VIP tickets were able to get into the tent at noon—60 minutes before everyone else—and snatch up all the really good clothes, leaving the ordinary guests with the not-as-good-but-still-fashionable clothes.

But that’s okay, because what’s one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure or whatever. Just when I thought I couldn’t find anything to buy amid the soggy, muggy weather in the middle of this field—I did. Hanging on a rack at the Junk Food booth was the perfect t-shirt: a bright blue Batman t-shirt.

And suddenly, all of my cares faded away. Like the fact that it was raining and we were going to drive back in it. Or that we were probably going to have stop at a gas station bathroom to pee on the way. Or that we ran out of trail mix. But most of all, I didn’t mind that I missed Kelly Ripa. And that made my Saturday a lot more super.

Alicia + Olivia Provide a Flapper Style of Fabulous

The Alice + Olivia presentation on Valentine’s Day had an appropriate touch of love in the air. The flapper-era vibe was accompanied by a wonderful performance by the burlesque dancer Hazel Honeysuckle. There were shiny sequins and sheer lace, and head designer Stacey Bendet provided a wonderful collection, that included separates with wide leg pants and tops that could be worn for any occasion.

Fashionistas Buzzing Over ‘Black Swan’

While film critics rave over Black Swan’s cinematic quality, fashion lovers are swooning over the stunning wardrobe created by Rodarte’s designer sisters, Laura and Kate Mulleavy. They also happen to be good friends with the star of the film, Natalie Portman. Rodarte’s darker “Frankenstein”-inspired designs were exactly what the film needed. Natalie introduced the sisters to director Darren Aronofsky, who subsequently asked them to do costume design for the film—and the rest is cinematic history. Kate and Laura designed about 40 costumes for the thriller, including all the knitwear pieces and leotards. Could the Mulleavys be contenders for an Oscar for costume design?

Possibly. While we’re waiting for that, rock another round of wearable versions of Black Swan.

Kate Spade Karlisle Ballet Shoe, $320.


Alice + Olivia Feather Shoulder Dress, $484.


Whistles Evangeline Feather Dress, $603.40.


Charles by Charles David Vale Platform Pump in Nude, $145.


Deal of the Day: Alice + Olivia “Kyle” Leather Jacket

Leather will be sticking around for 2011, so pick up this hot Alice + Olivia leather jacket at 60% off! Normally $695, now just $278. Dark coffee brown leather with over-sized collar, asymmetrical zipper, and zip-fastening cuffs. Available in gray as well. Get both for well under the price of one. You can’t beat a designer leather jacket for under $300!

Shop this deal on The Outnet.

Lovely Leather: The Best Leather Jackets of the Season

Leather jackets are always what we like to call “investment pieces.” Yes, I understand that phrase doesn’t mean anything to men, but you ladies know what I’m talking about! You know you’ve just purchased an “investment piece” when you’re hiding the receipt from your significant other. Just tell your husband you went grocery shopping and the filet mignon was on sale, and that you’re doing your part to boost the economy. Then you can counter the argument with how much he spent on his watch and that 60 inch plasma TV. So if you’re going to drop some dough on a quality leather jacket, here are four unique styles you should seriously consider. With proper care, they will last for years to come -and be well worth the argument/investment.

Above: Mike Gonzalez Atticus Ringmaster Jacket. (No price available yet)

image Elie Tahari Tisha Leather Jacket $748.

image Alice + Olivia Luiza Cropped Leather Jacket $550.

image Tory Burch Cynthia Butter Leather Jacket $895.

4AM Junkie, Stacey Bendet Obsessed

There are a lot of things I don’t enjoy getting in my inbox: Unsolicited photographers’ look books (wrong email address, guys!); a host of newsletters; PR pitches that I can never seem to get back to (as guilt slowly creeps in). But there’s one thing that I really look forward to seeing: Stacey Bendet’s 4AM Finds newsletter. The petite designer of Alice + Olivia pools together a lulu grouping of her favorite, style-inspiring things. The best thing about these inspiration boards, besides stumbling across them at a time in the morning when most people are either drunk or sleeping, is that Stacey doesn’t shove the Alice+Olivia aspect, or a promo-y vibe, down your throat. Instead, she uses a few key pieces to create a unique mood for each newsletter, utilizing things like furniture she’s seen trolling the web, or a motorcycle she lusts for. It’s a great way to see the lifestyle behind the brand, through the eyes of the super-creative A+O girl. A few of my favorite 4AM Finds after the jump.

image “Hope Eloise (Bendet’s little daughter) doesn’t try to eat this!” Doughnut Necklace, Calourette

image “Such a cute and original gift for Mom.” Grow Your Own Flowers, Fred Flare

image “Love the happy colors mixed with tortoise!” Belt, Little Fashion Gallery

image “1960’s ‘Tin Lizzie’ car that still works!” Car, 1st Dibs