Not only does October bring us temperature drops, but it also allows us to digest another fast paced season of Fashion Week from last month. Each city that hosts fashion week has its own vibe, and best of all-inspiring street style. Let’s cover the most talked about trends from the infamous month of September.
Rather than the usual peach and pink colors that explode onto spring runways for 2013, many designers opted for fall colors with browns and burnt orange hues. We also saw metallic fabrics trending by major fashion houses in the forms of silver gowns and golden bronze fitted skirts. I have to say there was something refreshing about this, because warm weather doesn’t mean we have to dress like rainbows. One recurring trend we did see in almost every show was prints, which I’m actually not a huge fan off. How many times can you wear a printed dress or top before getting completely sick of it? I can’t last very long with a loudly printed top or dress before giving it away.
Crop tops also made a bold splash on the runways but with a variation from the belly-button showing 90’s style we’re used to seeing. This season, crop tops are showing a slither of skin above the belly button, usually in the form of a matching pencil skirt and top or a dress with a strategically placed cut-out. This trend is obviously hard to work in Kuwait but I can’t say that I’m disappointed as it takes a very specific body type and style to actually pull it off. We saw cut-outs in other forms too, often appearing at the sides of a top in daring, geometric shapes. Bottom line? Hit the gym!
As for shoes, models strutted down the runways in platforms as well as “flatforms”; a new term coined to describe platform shoes that are almost the same height in the front and the back. These tend to look like clunky boats and I would steer clear of them if your style is ladylike. The sneaker trend is still going strong after several seasons from its original debut, most having a bit of a hidden wedge. Kitten heels are also still around, which is a relief for us working girls that don’t relish the idea of wearing 5 inch stilettos to meetings.
In addition to runway trends, the most fashionable women were actually the attendees of the fashion shows. Editors, bloggers and buyers tend to be the most stylish women of all and set trends in their own right. Needless to say, if you are ever in need of style inspiration look no further than street style shots from all the major blogs and magazine websites like Harper’s Bazaar online, or style.com’s street fashion photos.
In other wardrobe news, you may have a Halloween fiesta coming your way on the last weekend of this month. If so- I think it’s extremely obvious what the costume of choice will be for all the ladies this year. Here’s a hint- Sparkly dresses, retro hair, and fabulously feathered headbands. You got it- Great Gatsby inspired costumes. I am absolutely in love with the flapper girl look. However, last year’s influx of black swan costumes took the allure away from the beauty of the outfit. As tempted as I am to go for this look, I have a fear of walking into a room and finding 6 other girls with the exact same idea. So what’s a unique outfit to go for instead? Some of my personal favorites are Cleopatra, the Queen of Hearts and Pocahontas. I would advise ordering them online ahead of time because it gets really difficult to find costumes here, without having to resort to buying whichever cheesy option is left over the day before. Don’t do that!
Have a fashionable October and a Happy Halloween!