The fashion industry’s love affair with ruching is getting hot and heavy this season. Saint Laurent, Gucci, Miu Miu, and Balenciaga all turned up the heat with sexy smocked dresses, gathered in all the right places. Need we say more?
Minimalism has its place at the table of good and plenty, but even 90s gals raised on Calvin and Margiela want to mix it up from time to time. Enter fall’s loudest and proudest trend: bold prints. From leopard spots to geometric shapes, the runways were overflowing with prints waiting to be plucked. Pillage away.
Kariella Valletta Maxi, $78
Kariella Willow Jumpsuit, $92
Let's face it: Pastels don't really excite us anymore. We've been there and done that all summer long. So, brands like Calvin Klein and Chloe are offering up an alternative — terracotta. The strong dose of color is guaranteed to cure whatever ails you this fall.
Kariella Twiggy Skirt, $56
Free People Caldasi Midi, $128
The power of plaid is inescapable. Throughout history, it’s been worn by both the establishment and the anti-establishment. Aristocracy has flaunted it, military regimes have adopted it, and rebels have owned it. The pattern may not be as political today as it was in the past, but it still packs just as much punch.
Free People Friends Maxi, $148
Kariella Brigette Top, $54
Patchwork has come a long way from its hippy dippy heyday. Just ask the designers behind Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Alexander McQueen. High fashion splicing and dicing was all over their fall runways, and it’s never looked better.
Blooming prints are a perennial favorite among the sartorial set. This time around, expect dark florals and dramatic silhouettes from designers like Michael Kors, Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, and Diane von Furstenberg. You can’t go wrong!
Kariella Dynasty Maxi, $78
Free People Love You Midi, $168