Here's a fall 2012 Marni shoe.
After a long and ultra-balmy summer season, I can't wait for fall—the weather cools down, the thick New York humidity retreats, and the air stays crisp and clear (well, except for the city smog) through at least mid-December.
Over the past few years, my wardrobe has slowly degenerated—from my Margiela-Preen-and-Shelley-Fox-wearing London fashion-school days (on my first day of work in New York, I showed up at my ultra-conservative midtown-Manhattan office sporting a bleached faux-hawk, wearing a shiny perforated turquoise tank dress and a Margiela motocross jacket) to the easygoing (and oh-so-comfortable) James Perse, Jack Wills, J. Crew sensible skirts and sweaters that fill my closets now.
Last week, I had a revelation that I've spent the last two years dressing like summer camp, circa 1992—and so, for fall, I've vowed to grow up... at least a little bit. Out go my super-soft plaid cotton button-ups, my faded blue jeans, my vast collection of Minnetonka moccasins. Incoming: smart luxury tailoring, statement tough-but-not-scary-tough coats (ooh, shearling!), and real shoes—booties, wedges, shiny footwear in black and burgundy (or oxblood, this season's trendy word for maroon).
Check out some of the items on my personal wish-list this season—what are you craving this fall? Tell me in the comments! Let's compare notes.
Eley Kishimoto "Knit You Like" scarf, $298 at ASOS: Things to love about scarves—they're great everyday accessories, can easily dress up a plain outfit, and they hide a double-chin like nobody's business. I've been in love with this cheeky trompe l'oeil knit wool number from London-based print powerhouse Eley Kishimoto since I spotted it in their fall preview months ago. Its neutral brown-beige-black palette will go with everything in my wardrobe... including this:
Peter Jensen "Fox" intarsia crewneck sweater dress, $303 at ASOS: Full disclosure - Peter Jensen was a lecturer at my fashion school and I've always been a fan of his whimsical and quirky-yet-still-down-to-earth designs. It's that Scandinavian (Danish, in Jensen's case) flair for the understatedly-unexpected that I find so eye-catching. This season, animals-on-sweaters is a huge trend, and Jensen's intarsia fox sweater-dress is my pick of the lot.
Acne "Velocite" oversized shearling aviator jacket, $2,300 at Net-a-Porter: Every year for as long as I can remember, I've bought a new army-green parka-type jacket or coat. Sometimes I'll find one at the army surplus store on 8th Street in Greenwich Village, other times I'll pick one up at the Gap or at Topshop. This year, I'm trying something new—and, let's be real, after ten years of the same, I'm super-sick of green army parkas. For fall, I can't get enough of biker and motocross jackets—and I love how this one from Swedish label Acne comes lined in shearling, for keeping warm through the winter.
Dries Van Noten tailored wool jacket, $1,208 at Brown's Fashion: It's been years since I last bought a real, proper blazer—and this fall I'm finally ready to delve back into the world of tailored clothing. The thing with a classic investment piece like a black jacket is that you want it to be both modern and simultaneously timeless. Enter Dries Van Noten—whose designs never seem to go out of style. So I'm crushing on this belted jacket like crazy.
Marni runway pumps in suede, $850 at Marni: You see these stories in women's magazines all the time about how to take your outfit from day to evening—but what about shoes that work for both day and evening? I'm calling these Marni shoes for fall. They're fancy and shiny enough to wear with a cute little dress at night—but also cool enough to rock with a pair of boyfriend jeans or skinny black pants during the day.
Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem grain-effect ankle boots, $1,413 at Sefridges: Ever since the 90s, black boots have been a fall-winter wardrobe staple for so many women in America—are you sick of them yet? Don't get me wrong, I love a good, classic black boot workhorse, but sometimes you just feel like something a little bit different, you know? I'm crazy about these Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem black boots—they're leather and textured, plus they have this cool block heel that's affixed to the shoe with yellow Lucite. It's modern and graphic—and does the whole "feature shoe" thing without screaming too loud.
What are some of your must-haves and wish-list items for fall 2012? Tell me in the comments! I'm dying to know.