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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Four Footwear Trends for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Browsing the latest footwear collections at the trade shows each August and February is always a delight. Perhaps you read my report from last season featuring spring and fall 2015 footwear trends. Shoes happen to be my all-time favorite fashion item, so it's with much excitement that I report on some of the best trends that I spotted for fall 2015 and spring 2016. 

After visiting as many footwear booths as I could fit into my schedule and ogling hundreds of shoes, several themes seemed to reappear quite frequently. Here are the four trends that I feel are key as we move into fall 2015 and spring 2016.

1. Western Movement
The Wild West served as inspiration for a variety of ankle boots for fall. Embroidery, buckles, and fringe provide plenty of embellishment for exploring new territory. Clockwise, from top left: Grazie Footwear, Diba True, Luichiny, and Michael Antonio.

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2. That '70s Show
With the proliferation of style influences from the '70s this fall, footwear follows suit with the height-boosting platform. I spotted all kinds of styles ranging from espadrille wedges and clogs to earthy neutrals and snake print stunners. Clockwise, from top left: Stephanie Classic, Schutz, Luichiny, and Schutz.

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3. Gladiators fit for a Goddess
The gladiator sandal continues to be a strong item moving into spring 2016 with key updates including metallic finishes, colorful suede styles, and even high-heeled versions. Clockwise, from top left: Schutz, Very Volatile, Diba True, and Mas Artisan

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4. Block Party
Pumps and sandals got a more demure treatment with the '60s inspired block heel silhouette. Clockwise, from top left: Ukies, Capodarte, Schutz, and Steps on Green

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For more trend forecasts, see my fall/winter 2016/2017 trend forecast, my spring/summer 2016 trend forecast, and my fall 2015 back-to-school fashion trend report on The Key To Chic.

Want even more shoe inspiration? Browse the newest from CarranoTopshopUkiesMichael AntonioSchutz, Luichiny, and Boohoo for the latest trend direction.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thakoon for Kohl's Lookbook vs. Thakoon Runway

The Thakoon for Kohl's collection launches on September 10 (shop the pre-sale preview right now!), and I've been studying the lookbook. Whenever a designer's capsule collection lookbook is released, I enjoy looking through the designer's archive of runway photos in order to draw comparisons between their mass market collections and their high end creations. I usually discover quite a few similarities!

The Thakoon for DesigNation at Kohl's line is inspired by London, a city that's near and dear to my heart. It features three-dimensional knits perfect for layering, and a mash-up of English rose prints, as well as checks and plaids. It's a feminine tomboy vibe with relaxed silhouettes and a British twist. (I'm thinking some print mixing for myself will be in order.) 

Let's see just how similar the #ThakoonforKohls collection is to Thakoon's recent runway looks.

Thakoon for Kohl's lookbook vs. Thakoon runway

Above, an A-line floral dress in a dark and moody color palette channels autumn perfectly.

Thakoon for Kohl's lookbook vs. Thakoon runway

In both of the looks above, charcoal knit pullovers with side vents are layered over slim black pants for a modern look.

Thakoon for Kohl's lookbook vs. Thakoon runway

Mock neck capelets with contrasting trims add polish and sophistication to A-line shapes.

Thakoon for Kohl's lookbook vs. Thakoon runway

Both of the looks above feature printed blouses layered under sweaters and styled with A-line skirts. 

Thakoon for Kohl's lookbook vs. Thakoon runway

Cozy patch pockets in charcoal grey knits offer warmth for the hands. The garment on the left is actually a hooded scarf, which I'm adding to my wish list.

Thakoon for Kohl's lookbook vs. Thakoon runway

Checked coats with front zips and sporty split side seams inject a tomboy element to both of these looks.

Thakoon for Kohl's lookbook vs. Thakoon runway

Above, oversized vests (shop the Kohl's plaid version here) in rugged fabrics are styled with sleek black separates.

Thakoon for Kohl's lookbook vs. Thakoon runway

Cable knit sweaters and mock layers with A-line skirts give both of these looks a mix of masculine and feminine elements.

Catch up with me on Facebook and Snapchat @thekeytochic, and watch this space for a fitting room review! 

August 31, 2015 update - Shop the collection early!








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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2016 Denim Fashion Trend Forecast


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I'm just back from Magic Market Week, where I visited the Sourcing area for an in-depth look at the Aztex Denim trend galleries. This is where fabric mills, fiber companies, and garment manufacturers present the newest trends and innovations in denim. As we head into the last quarter of 2015, denim is playing an increasingly more important role in the fashion scene. In fact, there's been a recent spike in the denim market. I witnessed this firsthand as I walked the trade show floor, where I spotted array of denim on display: culottes, button-front tops, frayed crop tops, A-line skirts, pinafore dresses, 1970s flared jeans, utilitarian handbags, and just about everything imaginable that could be made of denim.

Here's a recap of the top denim trends and highlights I photographed:

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Below, flared jeans and a jumpsuit channel the boho look at Free People.

2015 Free People denim trend forecast

2015 denim Aztex Foil

Aztex Patchwork denim trend

2015 Aztex 1970s denim trend forecast for 2016

2015 denim trends

Overall dresses (like this one) and pinafores (like this style) add a girlish vibe to the fall 2015 collections.

2015 denim trends

2015 denim trends

The flared jean is a key silhouette for Juniors for fall 2015 and moving into spring 2016.

2015 denim trends

The button-front A-line mini is another popular item. 

2015 denim trends

Slim boyfriend jeans, slouchy straight silhouettes, and boyfriend shorts also round out the mix.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Nine Key Fashion Trends for Fall 2015

A few weeks ago I shared my top fall 2015 back-to-school fashion trends on The Key To Chic. Although it's not yet Labor Day and summer is still officially in full swing, I've got autumn trends on my mind. Every store I walk into is stocked with plaid tops, boots, flared denim, colorful cardigans, and other great fall updates. 

I'm fresh from a few days at the fashion trade shows (a trend forecast for fall/winter '16/'17 is coming soon to The Key To Chic), and all the fashion forecasters can talk about are a few new-ish silhouettes including: duster coats, turtlenecks, A-line skirts, flared pants, and block-heeled boots. I'm inspired by many of the things I photographed at the shows, and I'm ready to update my wardrobe with some key items for the new season. Think '60s meets '70s with a nod to menswear and an emphasis on fabrics such as suede, brushed wool, mohair, silk, and denim. Oh, and shoes! Since I'm a shoe addict, I'm enamored with the mod '60s-inspired block-heeled bootie; it's my must-have shoe for fall, and it pairs perfectly with another great piece that I've seen just about everywhere - the button-front A-line mini. 

Below are nine of my top fall updates, all under $225.

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends

Skinny silk scarf, $29.90
Illesteva circular mirrored sunglasses, $177
Topshop turtleneck top, $52
Duster coat, $85
Madewell lariat necklace, $35
A-line denim mini skirt, $52
Block-heeled leather ankle boots, $225
Fringe bag, $24
Paige flared jeans, $189

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