Translating the Runway to Real Life
If you flip through fashion magazines such as Vogue or W, you'll often see shots of models coming down the runway in some decadent—if not strange—outfits. Not only would you not be caught dead in public wearing such a getup, but you also wouldn't be caught wearing it by yourself in a bunker underneath The Greenbrier. But sometimes there's something about those outfits you like, or you wonder how that giant furry hat somehow is in style for the next season. It comes down to translation. When designers such as Marc Jacobs or Chanel send a look down the runway, designers who work for places like Gap look to see what they can incorporate into their designs. They make take a collar from one fashion show, the bright colors from another, and so on. This explains why mint was everywhere this past spring, as the fashion shows from last fall featured a lot of the pale green. You can also translate the runway for yourself in a way that not only shows off the latest trends but also your own style.
While browsing through the fall fashion shows, I burst out laughing when I came across this look from Marc Jacobs. Big furry hat, disgusting stole, and I have no idea what's up with the buckle shoes and some sort of legging. So to keep a similar look, as shawls and stoles are the trend for fall, I took inspiration from Jacob's printed red blouse, a matching red pencil skirt, and keeping with the texture from the hat, I finished off with a furry capelet. If you're not brave enough to wear the caplet, you can get a similar look with a black pashmina and just drape it around your shoulders. The matching red shoes are just in keeping with the outfit because I would never knowingly let anybody wear pilgrim shoes, except actual pilgrims.
Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day. In this case, it's called Winter White, and it's an almost blindingly bright white. Collars of all sorts are big for this fall, so this turtleneck dress is on trend and also a classic piece for your wardrobe. I'm not crazy about the texture (I think it's fur) on the front of the jacket but I adore the colorful trim. I added a white cardigan with colorful trim in keeping with the white theme, rounding out the ensemble with white booties.
These pieces I've chosen can also work in a multitude of outfits. The white turtleneck dress can be accessorized with belts, scarves, and so much more. The red printed blouse can be worn with the fur caplet with a pair of dark skinny jeans for a night out with the girls.