A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Belk Fashion Tour. The exclusive event took place at Belk Galleria Dallas and was hosted by Arlene Goldstein, VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk.
Arlene showcased fall’s “Most Wanted” looks for women and men, and the three Style Statements for the season: Complex Simplicity, His is Hers and Rebel Rebel.
The looks, hand-selected by Arlene, take the guesswork out of looking fresh for fall and showcased designer brands found at Belk such as Trina Turk, Ralph Lauren, Vince Camuto, Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, Pink Tartan and French Connection.
Arlene Goldstein on preparing a fall wardrobe:
Shop in your closets first…then find the pieces you need to fill in the gaps and remember that versatility equals value.
Now…let’s get started with breaking down the Style Statements…
Complex Simplicity: New proportions, shape shifts and new age tailoring are just a few of the details that define this ultra-modern message from oversized and boxy silhouettes to exaggerated sleeves. Textiles are innovative. Patterns go graphic, so count on bold contrasts.
His is Hers: His is Hers promises recast classics and a man style mash-up with a quirky kind of coolness. With a feminine twist, borrowed from the boys has never looked better. Check out the Wine List of Fall’s favorite color palette: sangria and other exotic reds all the way to deep burgundy, merlot and mulberry.
Rebel Rebel: Break out of your fashion comfort zone and celebrates a fierce fem that wants to break a few rules, in a good way! Expect some unexpected pairings: leather and lace, winter florals and British plaids, feminine silhouettes and moto detailing. A passion for plaids, chokers, bold statement necks and cuffs in burnished metals, studded and belted ankle boots, and over the knee boots are just a few of the add-ons that make this trend so exciting.
Ladies, it’s time to get your fall wardrobe ready! Here is your Fall Most Wanted List…
1. Soft Pant – athletic personality, prints, patterns
2. Longer Skirt – midi, below the knee, dragging the floor
3. Creative Cardigan
4. Novelty Vest – shaggy, fur, knit, puffer vest is very chic as an option to the jacket
5. Fashion Sweatshirt – elevated athletic piece
6. Tunic Top
7. Midi Length Sheath
8. Statement Neck – mix metals are in but gold is the headliner for the season
9. Over the Knee Boots
Men, don’t feel left out! It’s time to get your fall wardrobe! Here is your Fall Most Wanted List…
1. Tailored Vest…THE Completer Piece for men!
2. Athletic Top
3. Chambray Shirt
4. Corduroy Pant
6. Puffer (Vest)
7. Velvet Sportcoat
8. Jog Pant
9. Fashion Add-Ons – tie bars, cotton pocket squares, etc
10. The Boot
Arlene Goldstein on color:
Put black away! The colors for fall are – camel, brown and gray.
I love these colors! They are great neutrals that go well with the deep red hues and patterns expected for fall.
Other fall fashion tidbits you need to know from Arlene Goldstein:
-Pants with volume will be in
-Unusual sleeves and asymmetry in design will be huge
-Leather trend will continue
-Zippers are details – not just closures
-Knee high and over the knee boots are must-haves
-Expect to see athletic inspired items brought into mainstream fashion
-Platforms sole are still popular but the single sole pump is still a classy must have
Ok girls and guys, go forth and get ready for fall!
Scoop: Keep an eye out for a list of things I am loving for fall and winter featuring some amazing brands. This list is going to blow you away!