FROM PLAID TO ANIMAL PRINT TO CHECKER, STATEMENT-MAKING PATTERNS ARE THE MVPs OF LATE-SEASON FASHION
BY KARDIA YAZMYNE WILLIAMS
Fall is fast approaching, and that means adieu to shorts and flip flops and in with long pants and jackets. Wondering what trend to incorporate into your October arsenal? The statement print is key for the upcoming season, and effortlessly livens up everything from pants to tops to coats. Balenciaga’s 3D Hourglass Coat, for example, takes outerwear to the next level. Not only does it have an innovative hourglass silhouette, it also features a vibrant yellow plaid, and its palette looks particularly good when paired with blue. Layer over a navy suit to give a colorful jolt to office wear, or over jeans to give your denim a pop.
Looking for a way to play your miniskirts in a novel way? Self Portrait’s Front Zip Ruffle Plaid Mini Skirt (seen here) is the ticket. It features an interesting contrast pattern and an asymmetric front ruffled zipper. Top it off with a mock neck tee and black booties for a chic look that transitions from on duty to off with nary a hitch.
And guys, you’re not left out of the style equation. Off White’s Check Reconstructed Sport Shirt makes the basic button-down anything but basic. It features a cool colour blocked checker pattern in a patchwork configuration and a graphic logo on the back, ensuring that your exit will be just as impressive as your entrance. Pair with black jeans and sneakers for a casual-chic look for the weekends. The trend carries over to business wear, too, with Paul Smith’s sleek Novelty Check Slim Fit Suit, which features a blue and black checkered print and a slim fitting silhouette. Pair with a slim tie and you’ll be channeling a slick, modern day 007.
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Statement prints takes your shoe game a step ahead of the competition
Antolina Cecilia Cotton Mules
Born in Paraguay but now designing in Paris, Mariela Schwarz Montiel is one of our fave new style minds. Her newest Antolina design, seen here, is made in Italy of black and white woven cotton. Styled with a tall block heel, these slip ons feature a braided vamp strap, an open-toe silhouette, and a comfortable block heel. Pair with a bodycon black dress and opaque tights for a look that evolves from office to happy hour effortlessly. $545, barneys.com
Saint Laurent Men’s Joe Chess Animal Print Leather High-Top Sneakers
Guys, if you’re sneaker heads, SL will ensure that you have the coolest kicks in your squad. Its calf hair kicks combine an ultra-cool hodgepodge of various patterns, mixing zebra with cheetah prints and checker graphics, topped off with blue shoelaces. $895, bergdorfgoodman.com
Franco Sarto Genesse Block Heel Pointed Toe Mules
Born in 1949 in Dolo, in the outskirts of Venice, Franco Sarto was trained in cobbling and shoe design by masters (by his twenties, he’d moved to Stra the center of Italian footwear design). Take a walk on his wild side with these calf hair mules, featuring a sleek pointed toe and a block heel. Elevates denim and basics for a polished yet relaxed look. $99, macys.com
Barker Dowd Two Tone Derby Brogue
Founded in 1880 by master shoemaker Arthur Barker, this namesake company hand sewed its way into UK and later American style folklore. The Dowd is arguably the most awesome guy fall footwear we’ve ever seen. A two tone derby, it combines high quality calf leather and sumptuous Hebridean Harris Tweed. $300, herringshoes.co.uk