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September: a season of new beginnings and fresh possibilities…

Fall has a way of sneaking up on us but the leaves can't keep a secret...

Fall has a way of sneaking up on us but the leaves can't keep a secret...

I have always loved fall because as a child it signaled a new school year, new social posibilities and most importantly, new clothes. As an adult it still signals an excuse for new clothes, new fall hair and makeup and of course the IT BAG for Fall.
It used to be a lot easier for me to move into Fall mode growing up outside of Chicago and living as an adult in NYC and Chicago. The soothing breezes of Indian summer reveal a crisp snap of fall underneath it all… a gentle reminder it’s time to get serious, the languid days of summer are O-V-E-R.

Fall in LA can be less obvious than other cities which can be weird but also gives the fashion forward many more style options...

Fall in LA can be less obvious than other cities which can be weird but also gives the fashion forward many more style options...

In LA it’s far more difficult to discern the signals of Fall’s entry as I run errands in leggings and open toe sandals all winter and garden in December! The main clues here are key conversations overheard in cafes about the approaching  Awards Season, red carpet film screenings,  A-List celebrity Q and A’s afterward for academy members and the discussions about Fashion-Week-Emmy-Fashions these are my new harbinger of the let’s get serious it’s Fall already!

It’s my benchmark and an opportunity to re-assess and complete projects. To fulfill goals painstakingly set back in January, a symbolic end and a beginning of activity… before the holidays start and all hell breaks loose! Personally, I like to travel, especially to “Fall” destinations and sometimes I’ll take some type of class be it professional or personal interest during this period.

Old habits die hard…

In this year of tremendous adjustment and redefinition of who we are, what matters, where are we going and when the hell is all this stress gonna ease up, I am adopting the mien of seasons past… to embrace Fall as a season of fresh choices and new possibilites. The crisp air is a wake-up call of opportunity and energy for change.

Forget minimalism! This season is all about extravagant sexiness and gorgeous glam!

Forget minimalism! This season is all about extravagant sexiness and gorgeous glam!

Clothes do make the man (or woman) and Fall ‘09 does not disappoint in a myriad of statement pieces. I‘ve always used clothing to communicate how I feel, who I am now and most importantly who I am becoming. Fortunately this year is offering some luxe looks and downright sexy options to go Back to the Future in unapologetically 80’s bravado.

Sequins are everywhere this fall, shimmering by day

Sequins are everywhere this fall, shimmering by day

...and glammed up gorgeous at night!

...and glammed up gorgeous at night!

It’s all here, the sinuous, sensuality of metallics in hip jewelry, rich leathers and molten metal fabrics, animals of all shapes and sizes turning up in prints and furs pieces, shimmering sequins in subtle treatments or knockout glamour dresses and tops, power suits and coats, strong shoulders, cinched waists, ripped, shredded and embelished t- shirts and second skin leggings, over the knee boots popping up everywhere from Marc Jacobs to Chanel and lastly, saucy little disco bags in rich hand-painted watersnake, sequins, pewter metallics and pink studs.

Thigh high boots are THE look for fall and are surprisingly versatile!

Thigh high boots are THE look for fall and are surprisingly versatile!

Oh did I mention metal, metal, metal? It’s everywhere. Studs and metal details are back and showing up on purses, belts, ballerina flats, jackets and tops. Even cultural hybrid clothing lines like Royal Underground which is a mash up mix incorporating the couture sensibility and lineage of Kelly Gray of St John through the creative lens of Motley Crue Bassist Nikki Sixx begs the question how have we gone this long without metal in our lives??? Sure it poses a problem in a post 9/11 world when going through security but it feels so damn good it’s worth the extra planning involved!

Royal Underground incorporates St. John quality and tailoring with Nikki Sixx showmanship

Royal Underground incorporates St. John quality and tailoring with Nikki Sixx showmanship

...Nikki Sixx has authenticated the rock star look with the help of Kelly Gray's a haute couture sensibility and A-List contacts.

...With the help of Kelly Gray's haute couture sensibility and A-List contacts Nikki Sixx has authenticated the rock star look to perfection.

Fall ’09 is really an open love letter to excesses past and a direct challenge for us to embrace joy and optimism once again in our uniquely American way… with glamour, exuberant extravagance and unabashed style. Seriously, just when you thought you should’ve gotten rid of that ol’ Delorean sportscar it’s hip again… that’s fashion for you!

 

 

 

 

 

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