Patches are turning up everwhere for fall 2016. The new collection of canvas Gucci Dionysus bags feature colorful, embroidered patches of flowers, birds, and butterflies. At Marc Jacobs and Anya Hindmarch you can buy assorted patches and stickers for your hangbag and denim jackets. Too lazy to stick them on yourself? Mr. And Mrs. Italy has got you covered with patch heavy parkas and army inspired denim bomber jackets. You don’t have to be a girl scout to get in on the action this fall!
Right now its 88 degrees and sunny with low humidity. But instead of enjoying this beautiful summer day in the city, I’m holed up in my apartment with the blinds closed and the AC blasting. If I do venture out later, I’ll be shellacked head to toe in sunblock spf 90 and wearing head to toe black. No, I’m not a vampire. I’m just one of those girls that despises summer and lives for fall and winter. Quite frankly, I can’t understand why I haven’t found more people like me. How on earth do people actually enjoy dripping in sweat as soon as they head out the door? Or watching your carefully ironed hair turn into a frizzy mop? Or feeling your makeup melt off your skin? Ugh, I just can’t.
I’ve always said, a person can only get so naked in the summer to avoid the heat before they get arrested. But in the winter you can layer up as much as you want in different textures of sweaters and coats and furs and drink delicious hot chocolate (full disclosure: I drink ice lattes all year round).
I don’t think I’ve ever anticipated the fall/winter season as much as this year. 2016 is going to be a glorious fashion season for winter girls. Some winters there are great knits and sweaters, but this time around, its all about the outerwear.
As temperatures begin to drop by late September (God willing), I’m transitioning with jeans and a Moschino mens leather moto jacket with removeable tails or my MM6 faux leather and shearling oversized moto vest from last season’s Joan Shepp sale. When October rolls around, I’ll pair a long gown or sleeveless knit Alaia dess with a Rick Owens black shearling distressed leather vest I scored in last year’s Barneys sale to the opening night of the Opera. And I just got a stunning rasberry pink cashmere capelet from Fendi with mink trim sleeves which will look to die with basically anything. For cooler weather, I’m somewhat emarrassed to admit I got a Yeezy Season One black cropped shearling jacket in the Barneys Warehouse sale. But hey, its gorgeous and it was a steal, so who cares.
Beginning in November I’m dipping into my collection of Lilly E Violetta origin assured fox fur scarves in pink, powder blue, white, and navy for daytime. I throw them over a plain sweater or sweatshirt from Allsaints and black leggings and sneakers to run errands in the city or walk to the gym. (I might break out the pink scarf in October for breast cancer awareness). For nighttime I’m dying to wear my Lilly E Violetta white with black stars fox fur jacket, or my Charlotte Simone shearling puffy bomber. Either piece would look great with jeans and booties, or over a simple tshirt dress and thigh high boots.
But the real deliciousness begins in January or February. For snowdays I’m pulling out my Moncler parka with fur trim hood I got on sale at Neiman Marcus last spring. And chilly, casual days I’m alternating between a grey Louis Vuitton double breasted long coat I purchased at Harrods in 2010, a hot pink Chanel tweed coat with leather ties from 2014, and a new Fendi coat from Look 1 Fall/Winter 2016 runway that I’m obsessed with and will be purhasing when it arrives in August.
Lets talk about Fendi for a moment. Fendi originated as a furrier company and continues to produce some of the most fabulous furs on the runways today. With Karl Lagerfeld as creative director, its no surprise they produced one of the most exciting shows in Milan for the upcoming winter season. Their fur bag bug and Karlito charms have been a huge trend the past couple years (can’t believe I don’t own one what the heck is wrong with me??) and the charms translated to the runway this seaon on fur monster coats. Some people dismiss the look, saying they look like Muppets, but they have a 70s nostalgiac feel that’s pretty fabulous if you can pull it off (I can’t). The coat that I’m lusting after is 3/4 sleeves, blue with a green and white fox fur collar, and oversize button detail. Kendall Jenner wore it down the runway to open the show so naturally, everybody is obsessed and I’ve pretty much based my entire future happiness on the prospect of owning this coat.
Speaking of my life’s happiness, I could be extra deliriously happy if someone were to surprise me with the Marc Jacobs runway leather jacket with blue fur accents on the shoulders. Oh, and I’ll also take a Mr. And Mrs. Italy parka with a pink fur trimmed hood. Just sayin.
Now, complete these looks with Chanel fingerless gloves and a knit beanie (black Thomas Wylde with crystal skull embellisment, for me) and be ready to rule the streets this winter!