When I told my sister we had to go to New York City to do research she said, “I can’t say no to NYC but what are we researching?” and I replied “fall fashion of course!” I live just north of San Francisco and the fashion scene is good here, but for me it doesn’t get any better than walking the streets of New York City and popping into the shops and department stores downtown in SoHo and on the Upper East Side when the fall pieces are out on display in the stores and windows.
We spent a few hours visiting Bloomingdales and Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman and Columbus Circle ogling all the designer duds one day, and then walked the streets of SoHo on another. Last year I posted a similar roundup of the fall fashion trends of 2012, here’s another peek at what’s hot in women’s fashion for 2013.
The “it” color was red baby red! It was everywhere – some of it was deeper garnet but most of it was vivid tomato red.
Red was always paired with black, and gingham and plaid made an appearance this season.
(I had a red and black jacket so similar to that plaid one in the late 80s, so I just can’t go there.)
Leopard print is still so huge (also cheetah and other animal print) and you’ll find leopard on everything from pants to skirts to jackets to bags, mostly neutral or black and white, but there was plenty of colorful versions too.
Another big hue this season is oxblood, that more brownish burgundy shade of red, and it looks so fab paired with black and white animal print.
The number one thing we noticed was that black leather motorcycle jackets with zippers, quilting, or studs are HOT – it seemed every designer or store had their own version (there must have been a memo…)
I bought myself this black Club Moto Leather Vest at Anthro in Chelsea and wore it with my dresses and skirts around the city for two days, it’s a new fall staple, I love it!
Chain link belts and studs are still everywhere like last year, on handbags and jewelry and belts, and combined with the leather jacket the look is very edgy, but I like it!
I love looking at all the high end fashion (oh my the price tags in the hundreds and thousands) but I always find ways to get the look for less back home or online.
Fashion color trends precede interior decor trends so it won’t surprise me at all if we see more red in home decor and textiles next year. If you’re headed to NYC anytime soon, here’s a more comprehensive list of shopping neighborhoods and streets. My most favorite place to shop is SoHo since the stores and boutiques are all crowded together in one neighborhood on cobblestone streets amid restaurants and cafes.
I’ll share another post with more pics of places we walked, ate, and what we experienced next week, I followed many of your recommendations!
Who votes I make this fall fashion “research trip” every year? (Me waving hand wildly…)