State­ment shirts, fall flo­rals and the sea­son's coolest color combo

HILuxury - - NEWS - with Kim Smith

Care to talk about fall trends? Prob­a­bly not in this heat, but we do still love fash­ion… I won’t talk about multi-col­ored fur or cozy knits—there’s sim­ply no point, and it will only lead to a de­sire that for the most part, we can­not pla­cate. But there are still a lot of fall/win­ter trends to love.

Is­land draw­ers are full of T-shirts. This sea­son, you might think about stand­ing up for your ide­olo­gies and dreams with a state­ment tee. Over the decades, mak­ing a po­lit­i­cal and so­cial stand on a sim­ple T-Shirt has been a re­cur­ring theme. And right now, so­cial com­ment in fash­ion is hav­ing a mo­ment. Dame Vivi­enne West­wood—the orig­i­nal punk of Bri­tish fash­ion—used her art and the run­way as a plat­form for po­lit­i­cal com­ment. Her most iconic tee fea­tured a swastika and in­verted cru­ci­fix un­der the words “De­stroy.” This sea­son, the fi­nale of the Pra­bal Gu­rung show was awash with mod­els strid­ing out in T-shirts stamped with slo­gans “I am an im­mi­grant” and “The fu­ture is fe­male.” But my per­sonal fa­vorite was from Alice + Olivia: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Even in fash­ion, you can no longer just have a look— you have stand up for a cause.

Mother Na­ture never dis­ap­points, and for artists, it’s al­ways a source of bound­less in­spi­ra­tion. Luck­ily for us, flo­ral dresses con­tinue though from the sum­mer sea­son. Ef­fort­less, prac­ti­cal and, above all, com­fort­able in our warm cli­mate, only this time ’round, the flower pat­terns took on a “grandma’s couch” va­ri­ety. The most wear­able were the mini dresses from Ba­len­ci­aga. And while Alessan­dro Michele’s plethora of vin­tage flow­ered dresses for Gucci at first bloom might come across as sen­sory over­load, in­di­vid­u­ally, you’ll want it all.

When trends are about color, is­land fash­ion­istas can re­lax. Fall is filled with the vi­brant combo of ocean blue and sun­set or­ange. We’ve got this trend cov­ered. From the gor­geous Jenny Packham for­mal plaid gown (who would have thought plaid could look this good) to Delpozo’s struc­tured sil­hou­ettes, these clas­sic col­ors are the per­fect merger be­tween warm and cold.

Kim Smith has been a pro­fes­sional wardrobe stylist in Honolulu since 2004. Born a true Lon­doner, Smith had a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in pub­lic re­la­tions in the fash­ion in­dus­try in Lon­don for more than eight years be­fore mov­ing to Hawai‘ i in 2002. Smith's work spans a vast ar­ray of mag­a­zines, re­tail­ers and tele­vi­sion as well as work­ing with in­di­vid­ual clients on their spe­cific style needs. See her work at kim­smith­style.com.

This f all, be on t he look­out f or or­ange and blue pair ings like Jenny Packham's dress ( above) and Pra­bal Gu­rung's slo­gan t ees ( be­low).

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