Working in the fashion industry is a little bit like looking into a crystal ball knowing what’s hot right now will simply not do. Instead, we’ve got to know what’s going to be hot seasons ahead of time. So when pondering what to wear for fall (yes, it’s that time already), there’s really no better source of inspiration than fashion industry insiders themselves.
We know what you’re thinking: Fall 2010 fashion week happened months ago. But trust us when ladies like Anna Dello Russo and Carine Roitfeld are strutting into the shows, they’re in a sartorial mindset that’s light years ahead of the game. Leopard on leopard and daytime sequins are just two looks we’ll be sporting for fall if the editors at Vogue Paris and Nippon have anything to say about it. What else should you be picking up on your next shopping trip? Click through the slideshow above to find out!
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To switch up the menswear look this fall, try a structured piece in muted hues like this nude blazer worn by Vogue's contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo at Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb's 5th Anniversary party.
Make like French Vogue's head editrix Carine Roitfeld and ditch the tights in favor of over-the-knee boots instead. Pair the aggressive footwear with a mid-length dress or skirt to make the look classy, not trampy.
A blazer, tee and jeans is perhaps the perfect fall uniform, but mix it up a bit like Paris Vogue's fashion director, Emmanuelle Alt, and switch out chunky heels for slouchy boots (preferably by Alt's fave, Isabel Marant).
When going for metallics from head-to-toe, ground the look with simple accessories (or none at all) and let your hair hang loose for a laid back feel like Marie Claire's fashion director and Project Runway resident expert Nina Garcia.
Leopard on leopard? Why yes! If anyone can make the look work it's Giovanna Battaglia, L'Uomo Vogue's fashion director. But take a note from the classy lady and keep the rest of your look crisp and classic.
Daytime sequins can be done, but channel Vogue Nippon's Anna Dello Russo and ground those shinier pieces with opaque black tights.
Drop-crotch pants may be on the outs, but the army green utilitarian look is always in. The key to styling the function-meets-fashion look right is all in the accessories. Marie Claire's Taylor Tomasi Hill gets the look right with simple accessories like tortoise shell cat-eye shades and a knit scarf to play up the texture.