The fashion magazines have a considerable amount of heft to them this month. The children are off to school, and the fashionistas are flocking north to New York City for Fashion Week. The fall fashion season is officially here.
Local fashion insiders have put their wish lists together for the hottest items this autumn. We asked them to share their must-have items this season. Here are their responses:
Justin Head, designer for j.Robert, based in Upper Marlboro
"Make sure you have a pair of dark-colored-frame sunglasses. … Marc by Marc Jacobs have an exceptional pair that is sure to become a favorite. Don't let the sun fool you. Even though it's [warm] out, it can be a little nippy at times — even at night — so make sure you are prepared with a wonderful orange jacket from … Michael Kors.
Even if you have endless pairs of shoes, make sure you get your hands on a pair of fall color over-the-knee boots. Guess 'Oriska Over the Knee Boot' makes this look just plain sexy. Paired with any or all of the items above, these style boots will just complete your stylish fall look."
Margaret Smith, owner Ellie Boutique in Ruxton
"Black leggings are a staple for fall, but my new favorites are the Ella Moss leggings with an equestrian quilted patch detail on the leg, which is a great twist on the legging. Team them up with the yummy Marc by Marc Jacobs charcoal grey or black cashmere pullover sweater with exposed back zip and uneven hem line, and you've got a great look for fall.
"Sweaters are my downfall. Velvet by Graham and Spencer has come out with the most gorgeous line of cashmere sweaters and my must-have is the cocoon short-sleeve cardigan with open crochet detail throughout the sweater. Layer this super-soft forest-gray cashmere with a simple long-sleeve tee from Michael Stars, and you're set for fall.
"I also can't resist the UGG of Australia suede slouch boots in either chocolate brown or black — since I can't decide, I'll get both colors. The UGG boots will look awesome with my new True Religion black rinse skinny Billy, which are now my new favorite jeans for the season. I fell in love with a Milly party dress made of luscious black satin. This Audrey Hepburn-style dress with its delicate neckline and perfectly placed bow on the dress make it a must for any party this season."
Gail Kandel, owner of Vasarri in Pikesville
"Although black and brown are basic this season, I think people are looking for color. They are excited about it. For me it has become fun on the peacoat, which has been very serious in the past. People are looking for things that are little more fun than are serious. The multicolored peacoat by Yansi Fugel works when matched with a winter lime-green turtleneck, and an ombre scarf. It pops. I love the black … belted coat/dress by Samuel Dong. It is just a knockout piece. It could be worn as a dress. It is tight to the body. It is totally fabulous and fun. It's not basic. Easy packable pieces that go from day to evening and can be worn 12 months are also big. (They used to be called transitional, but now they are 12-month clothing.) Dresses remain huge. Novelty sweaters and cashmeres in every color — red, teal, golden — are very popular. I've reordered them four times."
Masooma Z Ali, Baltimore-based designer for Bella Zara
"Camel is a very important color in outerwear this fall. The shrunken double-breasted Balenciaga peacoat is a stylish way to add it to your wardrobe. From the fall 2010 runway, the 3.1 Phillip Lim A-line wool coat is also a chic look detailed with contrast piping and off-centered exposed zipper.
"Leopard print accessories are a fall must-have. Shoes, belts, and handbags in leopard print are an easy, chic way to spice up the outfit and play well with the tailored looks. Whether it is a cocktail dress or a business suit, booties play well with any outfit and are a must-have for fall. You can also spice up an outfit with the Alexander Wang Constance platform bootie."
Teronce' Styyles, Baltimore-based stylist and designer
"This season, the look for the ladies is wearing menswear pieces such as fitted vests, trousers, blazers and ties. I think this look is hot on women who can pull it off to perfection. Don't forget to spice it up with a nasty pump or boot. It will set the outfit off. Most of these garments you can find in your local retail/department store such as Marshalls, Ross, T.J. Maxx, AJWright. You can even shop at your local thrift stores.
"For those that love accessories, you can continue to wear them this season, especially hats. They add a finishing touch to an astonishing wardrobe illusion. If you wear jewelry, try not to overdo it in the bracelet and necklace department. Be fashionable but chic. Go for accessories that are very odd and out of the ordinary. I guarantee you won't see another person wearing it. Dare to be different. For jewelry accessories, try Burlington (yes, Burlington has some hot accessories), Exclusively Yours in the Mount Vernon area, along with Sister's Inc. Accessories-R-Us on West 25th and Howard streets, just to name a couple of spots.
"Gentlemen, this season I suggest you really get into the vintage era of fashion. It's timeless and you can go for a more tailored look. Bow ties, ruffled shirts, fitted pants, fedoras, suspenders are just a few items that really create a great wardrobe illusion for a gentleman in the 21st century. Check out your local consignment shops or vintage boutiques such as Ten Car Pile Up in Towson and In the Zone in the Mount Vernon area. Those places would be a great start for you."