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