While Victoria Beckham was already sporting fall's hot high-waisted skirts long before she touched down in LA this summer, other stylish celebs have cast their votes for a host of other trends for the upcoming season: from metallics to chunky knits, wide-leg pants to origami pleats for day or night.
But one piece sure to be hanging in every A-lister's closet is the dress. Truly a no-brainer silhouette; just zip it and go. You don't even need a high-maintenance stylist to tell you which ones to get. Just pair it with neutral textured tights and a slimmer platform or ankle boot, a slim metallic leather clutch and it's perfection.
For fall, dresses are slimmed down. Gone are the bubbles and trapezes of spring and summer. It's time for the super mini (this is the season to show off those Pilate-toned legs), the Empire waist baby doll (sans the leggings), new variations on the ubiquitous wrap and even the super-slim pencil thin dress, often belted to really accentuate your positives.
We polled some hip New York designers and fashion emporium Scoop NYC about what celebs had picked from the runway and look books, or what they'd like to dress today's hottest stars in and here's what some had to say:
Rebecca Taylor, who is called upon regularly by Michelle Gellar, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Stiles and Cameron Diaz for a little something for an evening out, has a new set of devotees for her fall collection filled with her signature girly looks. This native New Zealander has global appeal with actresses and other talented pretty faces. Supermodel Amber Valetta ordered her sexy v-neck sweater dress in oatmeal while supermom Reese Witherspoon will be vamping it up in Taylor's wrap dress in a black and purple poison print. Post Sopranos, Jamie Lynn Sigler will be packing two trends in one look: a mini dress with pretty bows at the shoulder in silver silk satin. Nicole Kidman, who makes headlines with her fashion choices, will make a bohemian statement with Taylor's mushroom color sweater jacket that's tossed over a stone silk rose cami dress.
Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss began making her whimsical contemporary dress collection loaded with details back in 1998 and has added sportswear, swimwear and a baby collection (after the birth of her daughter, of course) to her portfolio. For fall, her following still wants the shape that put her on the map. "I think it is still all about dresses," says Lonstein Gruss. "That's all people are buying." And while this young designer thinks menswear-inspired pieces and wide-legged trousers with tailored shirts will be on every celeb's back, her followers have ordered truly feminine looks for their public debuts.
Sophia Bush has two silk jersey shifts on order, each with either crystals or silver studs near the neckline to give a little sparkle to her face. Kelly Ripa and Lake Bell are wearing silver and gold (shifts, that is) for fall and winter. Elisabeth Hasselback of "The View" wanted styles that would take her through her pregnancy. Her choice Easy-fitting shifts or strapless fit and flared looks from Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss.
Scarlett Johannson requested some of the more relaxed looks from the Tibi collection from designer Amy Smilovic, who found herself casting for a new career after leaving a New York marketing career for Hong Kong in 1997. Drawing on influences from her Asian travels, she started Tibi, and has always given the casual, chic line an international bent. For fall, Johannsen chose a blousey, check jacket and stovepipe pants, a leopard jacquard-collared shell with a slim pencil skirt and a cap-sleeve dress in a graphic Night Forest print.
Smilovic loves Johannsen's style and adds another celeb to her wish-list. "I'd love to dress Kate Bosworth in our Origami tie neck dress," she says. "It's classic and sophisticated yet girly and feminine. A fun, flirty choice, which embodies the spirit of Kate."
The veteran of all these designers is the decidedly individual Betsey Johnson, who's been cartwheeling down her runway show finale as long as she has been creating over-the-top, exuberant clothes (since the 1960s). Her latest group of famous wearers is diverse: Cyndi Lauper, Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, Beyonce and Evangeline Lilly. Johnson can't decide which celeb she'd most like to dress for fall, but knows her favorite dress from the collection for a glam gal. "The gray nubby wool dress is perfect for any Hollywood starlet," says Johnson. "It is sexy, sophisticated; total glam. It's perfect for any event."
What to wear with those dresses? Ankle boots. "This fall, we are moving away from the tall chunky boots we saw last year and stepping into a shorter, sleeker version," says Stefani Greenfield, co-owner and founder of Scoop NYC, the New York store which makes us all feel like we are raiding a fashion editor's closet. "Whether dressed up with tights and a mini, or paired with your favorite jeans, ankle boots are a great statement piece this season. This style is perfect for celebs like Jennifer Lopez or Eva Longoria who are always at the fashion forefront but still want to keep it classic."
To top off the look, Greenfield likes deco jewelry and oversized clutches. "The transition from daytime to evening has never been so easy," she says. "Don't worry about swapping your hobo for a sleek handheld clutch. Be practical and opt for an oversized clutch like this one that fits everything you need for a night out." Metallic mod designs are perfect for someone like Cameron Diaz who doesn't want to compromise fashion for function.
This houndstooth jacket is giving a modern twist to the everyday classic blazer and is a perfect piece to layer in the fall. For the fashion-conscious celebrities that prefer a more mature look, like Katie Holmes, a chic tweed jacket is the perfect solution. The classic fabric together with a more updated cut is a staple for your fall wardrobe.
Holmes has been sporting a more grown-up, couture look ever since she walked down the aisle. Designers are lining up to keep her dressed in style. Emulating her is as easy as choosing one of the season's decidedly ladylike dresses or jackets and trousers and pairing it with a trimmer bag, gloves, and even a femme fatale felt hat for extra drama.
Celebs are trading in their bohemian looks of season's past for a more ladylike look this fall with a bevy of feminine dresses, more tailored jackets and flared trousers, and sleeker bags, gloves, and even felt hats that harken back to more glamorous times on the silver screen.
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