Fall is leather weather. Last week, we shared one of our favorite fall leather treats: leather cropped or biker/motorcycle jackets in multiple colors and styles. This week, we turn to another favorite fall trend: leather skirts—pleated, long, or sleek with stretch fabric panels. Here, are five chic styles to suit your preferred length, color and shape.
Acne Studios, Kay Leather Skirt, net-a-porter.com
Low-key but luxurious, Acne Studios’ buttery sand leather ‘Kay’ skirt is perfect for desk-to-dinner dressing. The smooth satin lining and flattering wrap-effect front offer a non-restrictive fit.
3.1 Phillip Lim Skirt, mytheresa.com
Make a statement in this texturally contrasting leather skirt. In a divine, deep red hue, this piece comes with a fabric panel for a unique look. Take your inspiration from the runway show and pair with a textured knit this fall and winter.
Malene Birger Asla Pleated Skirt, mytheresa.com
The cognac color of this number fits right in with the season’s seventies-inspired trend, as does the pleated mid-length styling. A shiny standout, it teams well with fine knits and ankle boots.
Victoria Beckham ‘Victoria’ Skirt, net-a-porter.com
Victoria Beckham’s effortlessly cool black skirt is crafted from luxurious mid-weight textured-leather. Designed with a flattering wrap-effect front, this fully lined piece is perfect for work or weekend wear.
Gucci Pleated Skirt, net-a-porter.com
Sitting at the waist, this silk-lined style has four accordion-like pleats that create the most flattering shape. Wear yours for day or evening events— it’s too elegant to save for special occasions.
Fall is leather weather. Let’s count the multiple ways you can infuse a little or a little more leather into your fall wardrobe—leather leggings with long tops; leather skirts—either pleated or long and sleek with stretch front fabric panels—worn with black tights and booties. And our favorite fall leather treat: leather cropped or biker/motorcycle jackets in multiple colors. During the work week, wear them as transitional pieces over white blouses and sleeveless sheath dresses. On the weekends, simply pair them with black jeans.
However, the one thing that does not work with leather is fussiness. Do not throw a leather cropped jacket over a peasant blouse or printed-pattern dress. Leather means a pulled together and sleek look worn by women who are working on fashion authenticity—a style that is personal and works for them.
Balenciaga Leather Biker Jacket, mytheresa.com
Balenciaga’s supple leather biker jacket is the perfect pop of color. The luxurious fabric and sleek silhouette ensure this rebellious classic stays soft and feminine. Make it your go-to outerwear option for the fall weekends.
Temperley London ‘Ernst’ Croc-Effect Leather Biker Jacket, net-a-porter.com
Temperley London’s ‘Ernst’ biker jacket has been crafted in a versatile tan hue. Punctuated with gold hardware, this cropped style has a slightly curved hem and is cut for a slim fit. It looks just as chic with a sheath dress as it does with skinny jeans.
Maje Cropped Leather Biker Jacket, shopstyle.com
Maje’s gray biker jacket is made from soft leather in a cropped silhouette that’s perfect for complementing skirts or pants.
Roland Mouret Luciola Leather and Stretch-Crepe Biker Jacket, theoutnet.com
Roland Mouret burgundy Luciola jacket has a contrasting black stretch-crepe back panel, flap pockets, and an asymmetric gold zip fastening through the front—definitely not your average leather jacket.
Chloé Leather Biker Jacket, theoutnet.com
This classic black biker jacket features zipped cuffs, front zipped pockets, D ring-fastening side straps, and embroidered panels.
Yes, we know it’s still reaching the 80s here in the East Coast. Nevertheless, we’d like to get you prepared for the soon-to-come chill in the air. In those early days of the season when it’s not yet cold enough for the warmth of the traditional fall coat, think of it as the perfect opportunity to don the Fall Cape. Stylish, elegant, refined, and versatile, the Fall Cape is a dashing topper that is guaranteed to make an unforgettable entrance. Very much like the fall coat, the Cape has to do a lot as well—it has to be fashionable while also being functional, warm, cool, color compatible, and able to combat rain, wind, and possibly, dare we say it, early flurries. In other words, the Fall Cape is a fashion statement that needs to be taken seriously for its functionality. This autumn season features an array of stunning trends in
colors, fabrics, and designs that offer a wonderful opportunity to take the Fall Cape to another level. Here we share with you some of our high-caliber favorites.
Refined Cape by Ann Taylor (Image via anntaylor.com)
Boasting a two-tone color styling of light malt and grey and an impeccably draped silhouette, this Cape can be paired with a fitted long sleeve top, slim leggings and sleek ankle boots. With its jewel neck and open front, it is one of fall’s most-wanted looks. A timeless and elegant piece to add to a classic wardrobe.
Double-Breasted Cape Coat by Chloe (Image via bergdorfgoodman.com)
This over-sized wool cape coat has peak lapels, a double-breasted front, long sleeves, vertical chest slip pockets, angled front flap pockets, a back rain flap, and cotton lining. But with the lovely bells and whistles to distract us, all we see is warm goodness.
Mantella Regina Unita Cashmere Cape by Loro Piana (Image via neimanmarcus.com)
Fluid Stripe Cape Coat by Karen Millen (Image from johnlewis.com)
Opt for something different with this fluid stripe cape coat form Karen Millen. Crafted from wool, it features a bold stripe design with an open neck and faux leather belt closure. The waterfall front opening is the most elegant touch.
Now that we’ve equipped you from head to toe with the proper fall attire—the Fall Boot, the Fall Coat, and the Red Shoe—and added to your Fall Fashion Book List, it’s time to venture outdoors all geared up and ready to investigate the incredible lineup of must-see exhibits for the season. By “outdoors,” of course we mean New York City, Boston, London, Madrid, and Paris.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York, NY
This Costume Institute exhibition explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century. The thematic exhibition is organized chronologically and features mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, primarily fromthe Costume Institute’s collection, including mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. The calendar of bereavement’s evolution and cultural implications is illuminated through women’s clothing and accessories, showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crape to corded silks, and the later introduction of color with shades of gray and mauve. Through February 1, 2015.
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Design Museum | London, UK
“Women Fashion Power” offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames, and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world. Each of the contemporary women featured in the exhibition is contributing an outfit for display as well as sharing her personal style philosophy. Through April 26, 2015.
© The Design Museum.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza | Madrid, Spain
Museum of Fine Arts|Boston, MA
“Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen” presents designer gowns and exquisite jewelry from the 1930s and ’40s—the most glamorous years of Hollywood film. The exhibition focuses on the iconic style of sultry starlets of the period, including Gloria Swanson, Anna May Wong, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Joan Crawford. Hollywood style in this era was a blend of on- and off-screen fashion and accessories, including dramatic costumes created for the screen by famous designers such as Adrian, Travis Banton, and Chanel and dazzling jewelry from makers of the era like Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin and Paul Flato. Through March 8, 2015.
© Museum of Fine Arts.
The FASHION MIX exhibition is a tribute to French expertise which Russian, Armenian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Belgian designers—to name but a few in the field of fashion—help spread worldwide. From Charles Frederick Worth to Azzedine Alaïa, Fortuny to Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, and from Elsa Schiaparelli to Martin Margiela, not forgetting Cristobal Balenciaga, Robert Piguet, Paco Rabane, and Raf Simons—all of these foreign designers and creative directors have brought about a revolution in French fashion and enriched its history. Drawing on personal journeys and the history of fashion, FASHION MIX tells the story of a different kind of immigration: that of men and women, artisans and designers, who have contributed to the reputation of Paris as the international capital of fashion. December 9, 2014–May 31, 2015.
© PALAIS DE LA PORTE DORÉE, MUSEUM OF THE IMMIGRATION HISTORY
Given the kind of weather we’ve already been having, it looks as if this fall we’ll be zipping into the warmth and security of boots sooner rather than later. No complaints here. And, like the Fall Coat, the Fall Boot has to do a lot, and do it all at once—it has to be, of course, fashionable while also being functional, warm, cool, versatile, color compatible, and able to combat rain, wind, flurries, and possibly snowstorms. From classic flats to the season’s trend-setting over-the-knee boots to the new-found appreciation for suede as a change of pace from leather, and to a refreshing take on fall colors that includes reds and blues, feast your eyes on fall’s five most covetable casual styles.
Felicia by POUR LA VICTOIRE
This classic fall boot in dark brown features a mid-size heel and zippered side closure.
LOWLAND by Stuart Weitzman
Valerie Boots by Kelsi Dagger
Kelsi Dagger consistently breaks down fashion boundaries with unexpected details that appeal to both classic and trendy sensibilities. This over-the-knee suede pairs beautifully with dresses for autumn.
5050 Stretch Suede Boots by Stuart Weitzman
These blue suede Stuart Weitzman boots are a perfect alternative to the traditional black or brown option. Wear them with a simple skirt and white shirt for a minimal look that is equally perfect for the office and for Saturday brunch.
Addison Riding Boot by Trask
Antiqued metal harness straps amplify the equestrian style of a slouchy, tall boot cast in burnished two-tone Italian calfskin.
Last week we launched our Fashion Friday Series on Neutrals with a timeless classic: Navy Blue. And we asked you not to confuse neutral with dull! This week we focus on Brown—a tried and true color of fall. It blends well with the season and serves as a great transitional color for colder months ahead.
Try pairing a textured jacket with a timeless leather pencil skirt or even a pair of corduroy pants. The Pacey pumps by TORY BURCH complement the leather skirt and tweed jacket perfectly for an inspired fall office look. Or for a more casual look, pair dark brown ankle boots with corduroy pants to elongate the legs. Add a hint of sparkle with a graphic, textured link necklace by EDIE BORGA. To top off the monochromatic fall look, the SURELL fox fur collar adds a touch of softness for those cold, windy days.
- Surell Fox Fur Collar/Headband
- Edie Borga Link Necklace
- Sinequanone Brown Tweed Jacket
- Lauren Jeans Co. Straight Corduroy Pants
- Tory Burch Pacey Pump
- Trenery Leather Skirt
- Acne Studios Pistol Ankle Boots
For a fall dress that will transition seamlessly from the office to dinner, ELIE TAHARI’S Lolly dress fits the bill in beautifully textured rust jacquard leather with flecks of orange, brown, and gold. Pair with a comfortable stacked mid-heel during the day and switch to an arch-revealing suede pump at night to lengthen the legs. Mix and match accessories to complement the dual textures of the dress. Add a pop of color with an orange tote to break up the dark tones.
- Edie Borga Link Necklace
- Elie Tahari Lolly Dress
- Tumi Villa Turn Shopper
- Tory Burch Pacey Pump
- Vince Suede Celeste D’Orsay Pump
To celebrate the arrival of the fall season, we are launching our Fashion Friday Series on Neutrals with a timeless classic: Navy Blue. Just in case you’re ever on Jeopardy!, here’s a brief history lesson on the color: Navy blue, a very dark variation of blue, got its name from the dark-blue colors that have been worn by officers in the British Royal Navy since 1748 and subsequently adopted by other navies around the world. Indigo dye is the basis for all the historical navy-blue colors; almost all navy uniforms were made by dyeing them with various shades of indigo dye.
History lesson over—now on to fashion! Do not confuse neutral with dull! This season, the fashion bloggers have deemed navy blue the new black! We chose two navy sheaths that are beautiful as stand-alone pieces and that also serve as wonderful canvasses for accessories that most of us already own. These dresses come with different sleeve lengths to accommodate those of us who may no longer have perfect triceps! They also have hems! So if you want them longer, you have the wonderful option of having them altered. And as extra treats, we’ve included some fabulous jewelry pieces, complimentary bags, a sheer cardigan that works for day or night, and great pumps.
- Alexis Bittar Ophelia Fringed Pansy Brooch—Hand-sculpted Lucite; catches and reflects light beautifully.
- Phillip Lim Color Block Dress—Long sleeve ponte color-block dress with jewel-neck collar and contrasting side panels.
- Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote in Port—An all-purpose leather tote with a signature flap and zipper for flare.
- Aquatalia by Marvin K IBIZA Suede Pumps—Comfortable mid-heel with padded insole is ideal for day-to-day wear.
- Alice and Olivia SHIR Short Sleeve Princess Line Dress—Form fitting color-block dress in navy and black slims and contours.
- Alexis Bittar Vine Hoop Earrings—Hand-sculpted Lucite encased in golden vines, with pa·véfaceted crystals.
- Jean Paul Gaultier Printed Tulle Cardigan—Airy three-quarter-sleeve printed in nautical theme veils the skin.
- Tory Burch ADALYN pebbled leather clutch in metallic gold—A modern metallic transforms the classic clutch; detachable chain and leather shoulder strap.
- Alice and Olivia DIANA Suede Ankle-Strap Pumps—Leg lengthening suede pumps with pointed toe and adjustable ankle strap.
Next week’s neutral: Brown.
Read more about our other favorite color palettes:
These days, the fashion headlines declare, “Black is Back.” Or, the magazines dictate to us the trendiest color of the season. We, however, believe black never left the carousel of fashion and style. In honor of “Black Friday,” we thought it fitting to pay homage to the beauty of black. Read More »
Give the Green Light: This Nancy Gonzalez Small Crocodile Tube Tote has the opulence you can break out in daylight. For those who want to steer clear of the in-your-face trends, a ladylike top-handle bag is an instant classic. A true, rich, gem-tone green makes for an unpredictable choice, but one that is much appreciated in the fall as the leaves start to turn from verdant to brown.
Melisa Goldie serves as the Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc. With her extensive background in advertising and photography, Ms. Goldie is responsible for directing and executing the company’s branded materials for advertising, marketing, packaging, licensing, and promotional initiatives, across all product categories globally. Ms. Goldie, who graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, resides in Brooklyn, New York with her family.
Here, she helps us navigate that daily dilemma we all encounter: “What am I going to wear?” —Ed.
It’s an essential question we each face daily and depending on your line of work, you are also likely dressing for multiple scenarios: dropping the kids off at school, going to the office, a client meeting, a dinner date, or a cocktail party—and sometimes these all need to be achieved with the same outfit, so a little bit of planning is key.
Unless your job calls for a business suit, a scrub, or other type of uniform, achieving the right look is more art than science— and strikes a fine balance of confidence, taste and personal style.
Curating your own wear-to-work wardrobe can be looked upon as an exciting personal challenge or a daunting experience. As a working mother, with two decades of experience in the fashion industry, I have found a few key ways to approach my work wardrobe. Here are a few personal pointers—along with my top picks from this fall’s Calvin Klein sportswear line.
- Keep it simple. This belted long sleeve print dress mixes both modest and feminine elements effortlessly. Paired with black patent leather lizard pumps and a rounded Saffiano leather satchel, it’s a versatile look poised enough for the work day and perfect for an after-work date.
- Dress smart. Start with black crocodile embossed leather pumps, and pair them with black stretch leggings and a white pleated mandarin collar blouse for a smart combination that’s both practical and polished. Add a blazer if you need to take it up a notch or head to a meeting.
- Pencil it in. A sleek, black leather pencil skirt is super chic and turns an otherwise simple skirt look into a confident statement. To complete the look, trade the pumps for a pair of over-the-knee leather boots.
- Go back to black. Try layering a long sleeve shirt dress over skinny stretch leggings for a casual look with a sophisticated appeal. Accessorize with a platform ankle boot, and a dome satchel. Remember, black will always be the new black.
Shop for these and other great wear-to-work looks at calvinklein.com.
Averie Over-the-Knee Leather Boot
|In my recent article “White Lightning,” about fashion trends for spring 2011, it was evident that white is THE color for the upcoming season. As style.com’s Nicole Phelps wrote in her review of the spring Thakoon show, “It’s official, white is the new camel.” But if we back up to take a look at fall, we discover that this season, camel is still king.|
Classic style is back, and I for one couldn’t be more thrilled. There are many variations on the theme, from ladylike elegance to pieces emphasizing tailored menswear. But throughout, almost all the collections feature camel. Since camel is indeed a classic, chances are you already have a piece or two in your closet. And if not, there are many ways, at many price points, to add this of-the-moment neutral to your fall wardrobe.
Let’s begin by looking at a few of the collections. Chloe’s fall collection is spectacular and one of the strongest proponents of this color . When considering how to wear camel this season, consider mixing it with denim, as shown here, for a casual-chic take on the style.
Or keep it all tonal as shown in the examples below (left to right: Chloe, Gucci, Michael Kors).
|I think either this wool blend funnel neck coat from The Gap (below left) at a very reasonable $168, or this double-breasted overcoat from Michael Kors Michael line (below right) for $250 would be an incredibly useful addition to anyone’s outerwear repertoire. They are both versatile pieces that would work beautifully over a dress, skirt, or slacks to the office or over jeans on the weekend.|
|If you love this look and would like to add something more modern this season without breaking the bank, take a look at this clever Italian wool blazecoat by J. Crew (below left) or chic coat from Banana Republic (below right) for a fraction of the price.|
|And let’s not forget the essential accessories—the easy way to update any outfit. Try these stunning Sutton tall leather flat boots from J. Crew ($298) with an all-black outfit for a chic and modern look…|
|The tonality of this Love Quotes Hand Knotted Tassel Scarf ($85) goes with everything and will look great in the spring with all your new white ensembles.|
So whether you make an investment in a fabulous coat, a versatile accessory, or a simple sweater, camel is definitely a color worth having in your wardrobe this season.