Last week I had the pleasure of attending two fashion shows at Neiman Marcus for the newly arrived fall lines of Escada and St. John. These lines may be out of most people’s price range but they provide great ideas into how to add a few pieces to update your wardrobe. These collections focus on a variety of sweaters, jackets, pants, skirts and dresses that can be combined in a multitude of ways. I am so glad designers are providing such versatility instead of “costumes” with limited ways to wear them.
Escada is not everyone’s cup of tea but I love it. It is perfect for the businesswoman or the woman who has a traditional, elegant or dramatic style. The person who loves to be creative or a little boho in her dress will probably no find much that appeals to her style.
Instead of featuring Bordeaux, the official color of the season, Escada added Blueberry as their new color accent. This beautiful tone carries the same presence as navy, grey or black but offers a much more interesting twist.
Pants ranged from slender to a wide bell: something for everyone. The many neutrals worked together to offer a collection that will last for years. Next week I will feature some combinations to show ideas of how a few pieces can carry you through a whole season with many different looks.
St. John has been known for over thirty years for their distinct knit. When I lived in Los Angeles, I remember having one of the very first St. John knit dresses. The little boutique where I often shopped told me about this new designer making these unusual knit dresses in her home. I wore it for several years and always received compliments. Over the years, that familiar St. John became a standby for more mature ladies and lost some of its youthful edge. (My opinion.) The company has hired a new designer and this year’s collection is beautiful, modern, and versatile. Neutrals dominated the color palette, combining a soft camel-beige with a medium gray. Again, these pieces combined with sweaters, pants, jackets and dresses which could be combined in a variety of ways to give the wearer many different looks. Throw on a little fur collar or wear it around your neck with a dress or take it off and wear the classic jacket.
Both collections would be excellent for travel. One could choose a capsule wardrobe either for business travel or pleasure, being appropriate for any occasion and never feel like you are wearing the same thing each day.
Are you thinking a capsule wardrobe might be the answer for you? Contact us and we will be happy to guide you. Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com or 404-428-2527.