August 3, 2010

Luxe Life: Fall Fashion Preview

It may still be 95 degrees out (or is that us, staring at Cape Cod Chris on The Bachelorette?) ... but in fashion terms, it's eons late to start thinking about fall. As you begin to plan your next purchases, consider the following tips from  Nordstrom National Fashion Director Gregg Andrews, offering his views on how to navigate the top trends for the coming season:

Minimalism “The minimal look of the season is spare, but in no way plain. Interest is created by intricate seaming, luxurious fabrics and innovative silhouettes.”
Coat, wool/cashmere, $2,295. Dress, wool, $945. Jumper, cashmere/silk, $775. In Collectors at select Nordstrom stores.

Season’s Neutrals: Camel and Grey “Camel and grey are classic colors that convey timeless style. Mix different shades and textures to create a rich and luxurious look.” 

Utility Chic “The utilitarian look for fall 2010 has greater sophistication than past seasons. With uniform inspired details- epaulets, cargo pockets, toggles and richer fabrics, these functional pieces offer true utility because you can transition them from work to weekend.”           

Draped tapered trousers, silk, black, $375. In Via C at Nordstrom and online at
New Shaped Pants “The new pant silhouette takes a menswear-inspired trouser and tapers the leg to give it a relaxed, womanly shape. High heels and a defined waist keep the look feminine and flattering.”   (See the look at left, from 3.1 PHILLIP LIM, $375)

Animal Prints “Animal prints are the perfect accent to fall's rich, neutral shades. Try a little leopard or a touch of cheetah to add print and personality to your outfit.”          

Wardrobe of Boots “This fall you can wear a different style boot every day of the week. From over-the-knee, to military-inspired, to countless styles of booties, you can change or update anything in your wardrobe by simply adding a boot.”

Fedora with buckle trim, wool/nylon, grey, $38. Convertible poncho with drawstring detail, acrylic/wool, heather blue, $78. In Fashion Accessories at Nordstrom and online at
Satchels “Satchels have so much appeal because they are refined and functional. The updated shapes and unique hardware make these classic bags modern.”

Return of the Hat “Hats have made a huge come back. Stylized fedoras, cloches and driving caps allow you to make an outfit uniquely your own.”  

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