There’s no time like fall to do a complete overhaul of your wardrobe. Like, do you really want to keep that lumpy sweater you got as a gift three years ago? Or how about those boots that you swore would be a timeless staple, but are just, well…not — buckles can really give away a shoe’s decade.

It’s time to restock, or at least fluff your current wardrobe with some new goodies. Selected from the international fashion runways, the trends you’ll want to try on this autumn season.


The return of the Hitchcockian leading lady is not only for blondes this fall, the Master of Suspense lives on in the form of nipped waistlines, tweed textures and midi skirts for all women, such as those seen on the runways of Oscar de la Renta, Prada and The Row. These long hugging skirts give a feminine silhouette in a time of avant-garde shape hiding styles. For women who like welcome a dash of the femme fatale into their repertoire, this trend declares, “I am woman, hear me roar.” Achieve the retro flair essential to the look with a mid heel to keep your outfit a Rear Window classic. Lastly, simply throw on a loose turtleneck to elevate the modernity of the trend in the style of Jil Sander’s fall/winter runway.


A colour that will go with everything in your wardrobe and compliment any skin tone, charcoal has been seen everywhere this season. A famously dull non-colour, the spectrum of charcoal was widened and been inserted with spunk for the autumn season by designers including Haider Ackermann, Marc Jacobs, who preferred it in its metallic vareity, while Lanvin emphasized a sense of simplicity. Drawing its tonal inspiration from the minerals of the earth, these greyish hues pair nicely with a simple black or a poppy pair of coloured tight as seen at Céline. There’s no Grey Gardens to be found here, happiness is coloured grey this season.


Before the Grunge-themed Met Ball this year, which saw celebrities like January Jones dawning all sorts of moody makeup, ripped fishnet stockings and plaid patterns, the runways was already dominated by flannel West Coast inspired looks circa 1990s, seen at Saint Laurent, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Stella McCartney and Sacai to name just a few. With no doubt that Courtney Love is a fashion icon again (not that she ever really stopped being one), the best way to tap into your own youth in revolt is by adding a staple plaid flannel button up to your wardrobe. Pair this number over a floral dress, or wear with slim trousers and ankle boots for a less in-your-face grunge girl look. And, should you dare go all out grunge, try on a neutral overall beauty look offset by deep red lips, Veruca Salt would approve.


White After Labour Day? No longer a fashion faux pas says the fall 2013 runways. In fact, this year, it’s actually a fashion-must. Alberta Ferretti added a wistful elegance to her collection, adding a band of black to her snowy white creations for a fresher look, better suited for non-rice throwing events. Then there were those sleek white over-the-knee boots at Chanel. Tastefully mod for the season, the boots are especially plum when worn as a complement to the season’s darker colours. And let’s not forget, designers like Gareth Pugh who’s edge delivered the white look to the next level. While it’s not every woman who can pull off an all-white ensemble  and a ghostly complexions to match, on Pugh’s models, we loved the theatrical combination. For something a little more everyday, pair white with a navy to keep it cool for the lead up to winter.


Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten and Erdem flocked together this season, bonded by their affection for floating delicate ostrich feathers down their runways. This ultra feminine look comes in a full wheel of colours pairing this fall. Try with an elegant silver strap sandal as seen at Dries, or opt for something with more contrast, such as an extra long-sleeved pullover and black gloves as worn by the models on Proenza Schouler‘s runway. Girly, dangly and gorgeous, these long feathers offer a halo of feminine beauty and a whimsical break from some of the season’s more structured looks.

Published September 6, 2013