“You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns… And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.”
As Miranda Priestly so cleverly articulated to Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada, you don’t have to be a top model to wear runway looks, but re-imagining the pieces we see on the runway is not always easy. Let’s pretend Miranda Priestly chose us to go to Paris Fashion Week as we attempt to interpret the Fall 2014 Haute Couture looks that appeared on this week’s runway.
1. Full Skirts
Unless you’re trying to reenact van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding, Chanel’s Fall 2014 skirts are probably not for you. To go from Matronly to Mod, try a high-waisted full skirt that hits the knees. This one from ModCloth styles perfectly casually with a black cropped sweater for fall, or dress it up with a knotted silk button-down.
2. Beaded Dresses
Beads aren’t just for flappers and fancy dresses, they’re for fall! Turn the beaded looks seen on the Maison Martin Margiela runway into an everyday look with a beaded shift dress. This one from Asos is perfect for day and night because of its neutral background and subtle metallic beading.
I love fringe because it’s so eccentric yet somehow so versatile too. You don’t believe me? I bet you have a fringed scarf, fringed shorts, and maybe even a fringe bathing suit if you followed this season’s swimsuit trend. Well the possibilities don’t end there! This fringe kimono from Asos adds a touch of effortlessly chic to any outfit with its casual shape and geo-tribal print.
All the extravagance and theatrics of Haute Couture can sometimes cause haute confusion, but don’t let that intimidate you. Let your style be your guide and the looks will work for you!
Feature Photo: Versailles, location of the Chanel Resort 2013 show