Allow me to preface this post by saying that this Fall 2016 was possibly one of the most dreadfully wearable fall seasons I’ve yet to witness – however, I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. The drama of wearability is a new thing for us. Perhaps it is indeed the fact that fashion has become more commonplace, accepted, and appreciated. Fashion is attainable – whether you go the fast route or the couture. Fall 2016 proves just that: we can finally, wear exactly what we see on the runway.
Or at least imagine ourselves wearing it.
The collections were grounded in a sort of distended femininity – exaggerated proportions, drapery, oversized silhouettes, gothic undertones, vampy suggestiveness. This is the year of the woman, but unlike you’ve ever seen her. It’s a conversation between designers and street style doyennes, that goes both ways. And overall, it seems, women have gotten a bit more lazy with their clothing, pulling pieces from their boyfriends’ closets or the fin de siècle.
I know I have.
At the apex of the fall runways is Marc Jacobs. Last in presenting but not least in present-ing. He took the Fall 2016 zeitgeist and ran with it. His outerwear is precisely what I look like when I try to werq my boyfriend’s moto jackets and fur parkas, retiring each coat with a heavy heart when it, regrettably, looks way too big. But alas, Marc Jacobs approves and cautions: only attempt wearing your boyfriends’ outerwear with a really REALLY REALLY high pair of platform heels. All else is rubbish and hobbit-ly.
In any case, this Fall, fashion invites each and every one of us ladies to reveal what’s truly inside us, in the most ostentatiously comfortable way. But if that’s too ambiguous for some, I can proffer a list of tangible trends to guide your wardrobe planning and imaginations this season.
What’s in: Prairie girl dresses; bell sleeves; cherry apple red (or any red, and lots of it); drapery (preferably red drapery); this metallic shiny sparkly fabric I can’t quite put my finger on; and as follows, disco; jungle prints; colonial florals; earth tones (red, mustard, maroon); blue fur; fur collars; graphic back and white patterns; stripes; plaid (and all its variations: herringbone, houndstooth, checkers, tartan); white cable knit (everything); exaggerate pussy bows – yes, yes yes!
Marc Jacobs Fall 2016
Marc Jacobs Fal 2016
Marc Jacobs Fall 2016
Zero + Maria Cornejo; Derek Lam; BCBGMAXAZRIA; Altuzarra
Jonathan Simkhai; Self-Portrait; Victoria Beckham; Maiyet; Adam Selman
Christian Siriano; Rag & Bone; Coach; Kaelen; Rosie Assoulin
Ohne Titel; Alexander Wang; Fenty x Puma; Zimmermann
Sally LaPointe; Nellie Partow; Nicholas K; The Row; 3.1 Phillip Lim
A.P.C.; Gabriela Hearst; Veronica Beard; Tanya Taylor