I love runway fashions. I know they are over the top and like the rest of you I wonder who buys these clothes and where do they wear them? Here’s a piece from Alexander McQueen’s line for Fall 2013.
It’s beautiful, daring, amazing art, but it won’t fly for my weekly trip to Target or even a big night out with my husband’s business associates. So why do I pour over fashion mags and runway reports when I live about as far from the runway as possible? Inspiration.
I can sew, but whether you make your own clothes or not, you can be inspired by a style or technique to update your own wardrobe and stay current. I am inspired by the McQueen collection. I love the pearls on the sheer black fabric in a diamond pattern. I would recreate that on a scarf or top for evening (or a scarf that doubles as a top under a blazer). I might use pearl fabric paint to recreate the design on a black tee to add a regal touch.
There are also always simple updates in color or style I can use to keep my wardrobe from looking like I am stuck in a different era. Since I work from home I live in jeans and casual clothes, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring a little McQueen, Dior and Emanuel Ungaro to what I’m wearing to Kroger this fall.
After hours of (joyful) studying, here are the trends I’ll be adding to my Fall/Winter ’13 Collection.
|Anthony Vaccarello F/W 13|
Asymmetrical skirts were all over the runways. I like this embellished black one. I would wear it a little longer and with black tights. For embellishment I would pick up a few gold studs from Michaels and add them to the long corner in the front.
I’ve already started wearing more gold jewelry, but I might get one two cheepie chunky pieces for the holidays.
|Emanuel Ungaro and Dolce and Gabbana|
I like the gold pins against the black coat dress. One gold butterfly on a black blazer would work for me (along with a black belt with a gold buckle, details). Earrings are always an easy way to update. I’m sure I can find a smaller, but no less regal, version of these from Dolce and Gabbana to update my LBD (Little Black Dress).
Finally, hair and make-up. The change might be subtle, but it can make a big difference to keep you looking current. Since I already have bangs I think I can pull off a side sweep. Luckily, pale skin seemed to be all the rage (I’ve got a lock on that). What I still need is a great red or burgundy lipstick or gloss to contrast it (add that to my shopping list).
I have no idea if anyone notices my bits of couture at the local bar and grill, but I like the way it makes me feel. It’s a little daring, a touch of creativity, wearable art.