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Fall coats – You knew this was coming right?

If you look through the September and October magazines, you will see several ads and articles about coats for fall. Prada and Chanel both have great tweed coats, which I’ve talked about before. There are parkas and wool pea coats. But finding a fall coat is dependent on personal style and body type.

Nanette Lepore black and white coat and leather Max Studio coat

Nanette Lepore black and white coat and leather Max Studio coat


I think magazines bank on the fact that in the fall and winter months you start to understand that the coat IS the outfit. A cute coat goes very far in fall and winter when it may become like a second skin.

vintage purple and pink tweed coat and vintage green wool coat

vintage purple and pink tweed coat and vintage green wool coat


I have already shared that tweed is back with a vengeance. You can see it in several famed fashion houses. But outside of buying the “it” coat because it is on trend, what truly makes a great fall coat? Well, it depends on a few different things.

Is it a great shape for your body? Are you pear shaped – you may want a coat that floats away from the hips and has some embellishments up top to even you out. If you are an inverted pear, you definitely want to have something that minimizes the broad shoulders. Go for sleeker lines and maybe some that cinches at the waist. In the fall, I am a fan of the trench coat in the same way many women are fans of the wrap dress. It covers a multitude of sins. I like trying different belts with my trench coats because different belts give a bit of flare.
When selecting your fall coat, I also like the idea of considering location. I don’t think enough fashion magazines pay attention to the fact that fall in NY is different than fall in CA – and winters in NY or places in the Midwest are much much different than winter in CA or FL. So let’s not pretend location doesn’t matter.

Do you feel good in it? This question is becoming more and more important to me.
The coats I have shown above are coats that I like and feel they fit my style and my body type. I have them paired with shoes and bags. Though fall is often browns and auburn colors, I want to incorporate color this fall. I particularly like the green with the burgundy.

I have put the green coat with a pair of burgundy Lanvin pumps and a oversized bag with scarf.  I paired the tweed coat with a pair of Aldo pink stessy pumps and a vintage patent leather structure bag

I have put the green coat with a pair of burgundy Lanvin pumps and a oversized bag with scarf. I paired the tweed coat with a pair of Aldo pink stessy pumps and a vintage patent leather structure bag


Nanette Lepore coat paired with a leather dress, booties and an Anya Hindmarch handbag.  Max Studio coat paired with leopard print pumps and an oversize Kate Spade tote.  I imagine wearing it with jeans as well as with a pencil skirt and blouse.

Nanette Lepore coat paired with a leather dress, booties and an Anya Hindmarch handbag. Max Studio coat paired with leopard print pumps and an oversize Kate Spade tote. I imagine wearing it with jeans as well as with a pencil skirt and blouse.


Thoughts?



Beverley Olivacce – A play-by-play of my first fashion show

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7:04 – When I arrived, the red carpet outside was empty and patrons were already seated on either side of the quaintly arranged venue – 519 madison ave in New York. It is a family owned store called Marmi that sells handbags and shoes. We are literally surrounded by handbags and shoes. Who wouldn’t be comfortable in such a layout. I presume I was among other fashion bloggers along with photographers had rsvp’d. A few models walked in, or at least very tall well dressed women who I took to be models. It certainly wasn’t the typical fashion show that you’d see on tv.

One cameraman covering the event walked the floor photographing women’s shoes, mine included – so if you see a picture of brown, beige and white L.A.M.B booties and toes painted orange, they are mine. I am seated next to Helene, who I introduced myself to after being prompted by a photographer to pose for an impromptu photo with her.

7:11 The DJ is playing uptempo jazz and people are striking up conversations. There is a bit of tension. I imagine people are, like me, making guesses about who’s who among the crowd members. Cameramen are, as usual in these situations dressed in dark colors, and jeans with the hope that they disappear. They fawn over an Asian woman clad in a bright red dress bedazzled with gold. She has earrings that are full fringe. Then enters a male with writing all over his clothing – newspaper style. He disappears into the back room, perhaps to assists the models getting ready in the back.

There is standing room only in the front near the front door. A few people make use of the waiting time and pose in front of the Beverley Olivacce backdrop.
I am actually surprised that more people aren’t overdressed. When Fashion Police covers a fashion show, it becomes clear that the audience is as much of the spectacle as the clothing donning the runway.

7:23 Jazz still playing, room slowly filling to capacity… And then it happens. The wine is passed out and two models come down the runway. I actually miss the shot because I hadn’t realized the woman coming down the runways was a model. Then a woman I thought was a model actually came out with a tray of wine. I believe the people are doing double duty. The Asian woman I spoke of earlier is prompted by a photograper to walk the runway. One of the audience members starts passing out nuts. Another audience member begins picking up the nuts that have been spilled on the carpeted runway. Helene had to literally hail for the next round of wine. We’d been passed up 3 times.

7:35 Helene asks me if I know Bev. I say no. She says she has known her for many many years. A woman in a black dress makes rounds passing a tray of cheese and cured meat. The man across from me is wearing a brightly striped shirt, which he has open revealing his very hairy chest. I am certain that the people standing way back by the door will not likely be able to see much. Two patrons greedily dig into the tray of meats and cheeses. Ohhh. cute guy to my right. Not sure when he came in. Another woman bumps into my twisted afro puff. It’s like the third person to have done so.

7:46 One woman passes out crudit̩s Рwhich is a raw veggie platter. One cameraman passes by and asks me to put my bag under my seat.
7:56 – Another round of wine and some fruit. One male in a gray suit takes to the backdrop to be photographed by a photographer.
My mind wanders to the fact that I need to do observations in a Kindergarten class tomorrow morning. I just notice that most of the cameramen and women are shooting with Canons.

8:05 – I find myself still waiting, but I am now recalling the wording of the press release. It is an informal showing, I am now unsure whether or not there will be a parade of women down the runway.

I think about my own outfit. It is not as cute as I thought it would be. I had originally planned to wear a gold sequined pencil skirt. I am glad I did not. I imagine I would have felt extremely uncomfortable. Instead, I have on a brown quilted circle skirt and a white button down, collared shirt.

8:09 – One of the hosts just motions to the DJ to quiet the music. The fashion show begins.

I stare intently at the clothing in the collection as they are displayed on the models’ bodies.

In order, the show was – Career wear, holiday/evening wear, spring, and a Caribbean inspired cruise/vacation wear.
My favorite pieces were in the soft but structured career wear, the short gray evening dress with fur sleeves and pretty much the entire vacation line.image
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8:45 Beverley Olivacce, the London native, came out and greeted the audience speaking in an enchanting British accent. She shared that this was the third time she’d shown a line during New York fashion week and she thanked us for being a part of this.
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More food and wine is served and I met a few designers and the man in the print clothing – a photographer named Carl.

What a wonderful entry in to the New York fashion show circuit. Thank you Beverley Olivacce. Great show!



New York Fashion Week 2015

Thursday, February 12th begins Fashion Week in New York City. For the next week there will be a host of fabulous fashion shows and high end events – none of which I have been invited to attend. However, I hear that there is quite a bit going on as fans of fashion hang out outside of Lincoln Center. According to Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, this will be the last year that Fashion Week will be held at Lincoln City, so I feel impelled to hop on the subway after work to check out the scene. I am going to brave the cold and hopefully come a way with some great shots about Fashion Week. Stay tuned.

Fun fact – The average fashion show lasts only 12 minutes though designers take many months to prepare their collections.