Hot holiday trends
I recently produced and directed a fashion show and benefit for pancreatic cancer funding and research. Local boutiques like Urban Laundry and Luci & Whitestar invited friends to model the season’s hottest trends while raising awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Everything on the runway could easily translate into any wardrobe, and there were looks to compliment any style.
This winter, dark and jeweled tones are definitely the way to go — gray and gunmetal were quite popular in this particular show, and shimmery sequined accent pieces added a bit of glamor. Boutiques also played with texture, combining luxurious knits, punk-rock studs and oversized statement jewelery to create unique and interesting looks.
The show began with an incredibly hot line from Urban Laundry. One of my favorites was a beautiful bronze ruched dress, perfect for a holiday cocktail party or a night out. FYI, ruching looks great on just about any body type –it hide tummies and adds interest.
Ruffles and metallic are also hot this season. One model wore a belted silver and pewter plaid jacket with layers of ruffles around the bottom and a black pencil skirt to perfectly finish it. If you don’t want to bring attention to your hips, you may want to steer clear of ruffles around them. Leggings are everywhere now, and are especially great for layering — try putting them under a longer tunic or a dress to create a chic daytime look.
The next boutique to dominate the runway was Luci, whose selections had a decidedly urban edge. Think mod color-blocked dresses, gathered fabrics and military-inspired cuts — with a feminine twist. Luci’s looks were definitely trendy, but their line had a certain classic element to it — there were plenty of pieces that transcend seasonal fads and can be mixed and matched to suit your own personal style.
Just when I thought the show couldn’t get any more interesting, Whitestar took the spotlight with a great line of menswear.
First of all guys, don’t be afraid to wear sweaters. No, not “sweatshirts” — sweaters. Hefty (and highly practical) cable knits, cardigans, zip-ups, pullovers and big chunky cowl necks. They’re great for everyday running around, and a nice sweater translates well into an evening out. They’re also a great alternative to suit jackets should you find yourself at a “dress-casual” affair. Don’t be afraid to layer a good button-down — in a color other than white– underneath. Whitestar featured an array of colors and prints in oxford shirts that look great on their own or as an accent layer.
Yes guys, you can wear purple. And look hot in it.
A good pair of jeans goes a long way. For men, pay attention to the cut and wash of your jeans. Typically, a boot cut jean in a darker shade not only provides a nice, crisp fit, but is also very versatile. One model sported a darker gray-ish wash that works for a day of running errands or perhaps a low-key night out. Distressed jeans add character to any outfit, but they can be tricky. A teenager can get away with tons of rips and strategically-placed fades, but for adults it’s best to follow the “less is more” rule.
Every man should invest in a good suit, or at least a good jacket. If you’re going with just the jacket, you’ll want to play it safe with color so that you have a piece that you can wear with multiple outfits. Still, it’s good to go beyond basic black. Gunmetal isn’t just a hot color for women this season — the men on Whitestar’s runway modeled some great outerwear pieces in charcoal and other deep neutrals.
Though accessories for men are somewhat limited, never underestimate a good hat. Knits are, of course, great for this time of year, but a tailored hat works day or night. Remember guys (and gals for that matter): it’s the little details that make all the difference.
So as you make your holiday wardrobe plans this season, remember: grays, chunky knits, military cuts, metallics and plenty of shine. Add your own twist to these hot trends and you won’t be disappointed.
Check out photos from the runway show, courtesy of photographer James Conway.