This season is all about taking staple items, simple silhouettes, basic colors, traditional accessories, and classic patterns and turning them on their heads. The two-button suit is no exception. It’s not just enough to rock it perfectly accessorized and tailored within an inch of it’s life, designers like Mr. Turk are making them in vibrant patterns of brocade this fall and we love it. Don’t be afraid to mix and match as you pull together your signature lewks. Make the unexpected choice this season, boots with a suit, belt a trench coat and call it a dress, wear pink pants without batting an eye. Be bold, be unconventional (kind of like a fashion shoot at this N.Y.C. gym).
On Adam: Fellini Blazer and Clyde Slim Trousers by Mr. Turk, Tuxedo Button Down by Dolce & Gabbana
Summer is oﬃcially over, class is in, the leaves are changing, and you’ve started your bulking phase at the gym. You no longer have the summer’s heat to excuse living in shorts and sneakers. Fall is the time to layer and make a statement. Major trends launched from the runways earlier this year have landed on the streets. We went to Solace New York to show off tailored jewel-toned pieces, animal prints and plaids, ornamental brocades, and classic accessories. The inevitable change of season isn’t for everyone, but at the very least you can look good when it happens.
Left to Right Red silk slip dress by Haider Ackermann, Learia gold heeled sandal by Aldo;Thorson Bomber Jacket, Leonardo Sweater Polo, and Clyde Slim Trouser all by Mr. Turk,
Pale teal 1460 Pascal Virginia boots by Dr. Martens; Thorson Bomber Jacket, Woodrow Turtleneck Sweater, and Clyde Slim Trousers all by Mr. Turk, Cherry red 1460 Smooth boots by Dr. Martens; Javier Cardigan, Adolfo Polo, Clyde Slim Trouser all by Mr. Turk Navy 1460 Smooth boots by Dr. Martens; Blocked print dress by Karen Millen and Madalene silver sandal by Aldo
Flowers Bloom in Fall, Too
We all have that grandma, aunt, or old lady next door whose house looks like a bazaar of ﬂowers exploded everywhere leaving pastel linens and bold brocades all over the couches, pillows, and curtains. Designers this season found inspiration in floral brocades — often tacky or kitschy — and have designed gorgeous calf-length dresses for women to stomp the pavements in. No more grandma’s ﬂorals.
Left to Right Black and white long sleeve dress by Michael Kors; Black tailored T-shirt by Matthew Miller, Black pants by Primordial is Primitive, Cherry red 1460 Smooth boots by Dr. Martens; Black and white strapless dress by Michael Kors
Oh, won’t you be my neighbor? Mr. Rogers put his stamp on the cardigan back in the late ‘60s and it’s consistently been a staple in every man’s closet since. Mr. Turk, in its new fall collection, further proves this point by delivering a cardigan with great pattern and color to stay warm in this otherwise ﬁnicky weather. Pair this cardigan with a Mr. Turk Polo in this season’s favorite new color, rust, and you’re ready for a casual day at the office and a chic night at Beauty & Essex.
On Lee Javier Cardigan, Adolfo Polo, Clyde Slim Trouser all by Mr. Turk; Navy 1460 Smooth boots by Dr. Martens
These Boots Were Made For Walking
Most people look at a pair of Dr. Martens boots and have a visceral reaction. For some, it draws up connotations of skinheads with white or red laces, others see the grunge trends and riot grrrls of the ‘90s. Many others simply see a boot hard to break in, but mad comfortable in the end. Oddly enough, the original Dr. Martens were designed with none of these outcomes in mind. In 1945, in post-war Germany, Dr. Klaus Maertens was recovering from a skiing injury and needed a boot that wasn’t as uncomfortable as the standard, hard leather-soled boots available. Maertens altered old army boots by adding softer leather and a sole made of tires for more cushion — thus the first Dr. Martens boot was born. That original design spawned a boot that’s been worn by millions in the past 63 years. This fall and winter, Dr. Martens boots are provocative staple pieces to anchor your wardrobe. Keep it simple with the classic cherry red, black, or navy 1460s or dare to be bold with a pop of color, like the 1460 Rock & Rolls, the Union Jack 1460 Pascals, or the nearly knee-high (14-Eye) 1914 Smooths. Whichever pair you choose, they will go with everything in your closet, so have fun.
Left to Right Pale teal 1460 Pascal Virginia; Cherry red 1460 Smooth; Navy 1460 Smooth all by Dr. Martens
The Bold and the Bestial
If you still have some neutral animal prints in your closets from last fall, leave them there. This season, it’s colorful animal prints rolling down the runway — colors that would be unnatural in the jungle but are unbelievable on the street. You spent the summer beasting in the gym to stay beach-body ready, now it’s time to unleash the bold brute.
On Kamille Blocked print dress by Karen Millen; Madalene silver sandal by Aldo
Left to Right: Burgundy Luxury Tee by Matthew Miller; Firework pants by Valentino,Suntan wool dress by Michael Kors, Fellini Blazer by Mr. Turk, Tuxedo button-down by Dolce & Gabbana; Longline belted trench coat by Karen Millen, (bottom) Long-sleeve knit by Damir Doma
The Hunt for Red October
Red screams, “Fiery, powerful woman focused on the pursuit!” The woman who wears red is a huntress conquering her prey in the board room, on the dance ﬂoor, at the bar, in the operating room, and everywhere in between. Wearing the color in combination isn’t the trend we see this fall, it’s doing it with full monochromatic intention and the attitude to match.
On Bree Red silk slip dress by Haider Ackermann; Learia gold-heeled sandal by Aldo
On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink
But not just any pink: Magenta. This jaw-dropping pop of color is the perfect hue to mix and match with almost anything in your wardrobe. We often use the fall and winter as an excuse to retreat into our blacks and grays, but let’s make new, bolder choices this year. It’s so fetch.
On Juan Thorson Bomber Jacket, Leonardo Sweater Polo, and Clyde Slim Trouser all by Mr. Turk; Pale teal 1460 Pascal Virginia boots by Dr. Martens