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September 24, 2009

The September Issue

As we all wait breathlessly for The September Issue, the documentary about Anna Wintour and the making of Vogue that is said to be “the real Devil Wears Prada,” to open in HK’s theatres, we’ve been putting together our very own September Issue featuring the most exciting autumn/winter trends out there. Guess who are the guest editors for this issue? You! We’ve taken your “favourite trend” entries from our Luxury Week contest, and combined them with research from the runways, the shops, and the real September issues of the top fashion mags to cull a well edited list of must-have styles that will ensure you glide easily from summer into autumn. . . no matter how high your heels are!

Sharp Shoulders
Make sure you put your best shoulder forward this season with pieces that are structured, embellished and exaggerated where it counts. Simple black dresses, which have been adorned with bold and slightly futuristic shoulder details are a fun way to pick up this trend with everyone from DVF to Zara putting out a version. Leather motorcycle jackets with embellished or puffed shoulders will give any outfit an urban edge. While, this autumn’s investment piece, the structured tuxedo blazer, can be worn over anything from evening gowns to leather pants, and is another stunning way to give off the bold shoulder.
We love: Alice + Olivia Puff Sleeve Dress (US$297,

Rock n’ Roll Touches
Whether it’s studs, spikes and chains, or leather, fringe and fur, there are countless ways to bring out your inner rocker chick this season. If you’re not into heavy metal, you can still give a subtle nod to the trend with a studded leather bag or belt, which will add some serious style and shine to any outfit. Studded gladiator stilettos give the perfect punch to a simple black sheath dress while skinny leather pants give a bit of an avant-garde edge to an otherwise conservative ensemble. If you’re in the mood for something a little fiercer, bring out your wild side with a long faux fur vest, a cosy and stylish addition to any rocker inspired ensemble.
We love: Be&D Studded Convertible Tote (HK$14,000, Lane Crawford)

The past few seasons of denim have had you either pulling up your baggy boyfriends or sucking in, in your strangling-ly tight skinnies. If you have been dreading the change of weather and the entrance of jeans back into your life, fear no more. A few of the most coveted denim designers have introduced “jeggings” for their fall/winter collections, a cross between jeans and leggings that promise to keep you looking stylish and breathing easy all winter long. For day, pair them with a long cotton tee or cosy sweater and ballet flats to keep things cool and casual. For evening, take things up a notch by adding a cropped leather jacket and cutout booties. Or you can even pair your new favourite pants with a structured blazer, a silky top and heels, to take you from daytime meetings to evening rendezvous.
We love: Current/Elliott The Legging Jean (HK$1800, Indigo, 32A Staunton Street, Central, 2147 3000)

Cutouts and Strips
Herve Leger started the strip tease with his body hugging and beautiful, multi-strip bandage dress. Now designers from Stella McCartney to Alexander Wang are combining strips and skin for a provocative new look that is discreetly yet strategically sexy. Dresses with cutouts at the back present a surprise at every turn, while slashed jeans are a perfect way to rock this season’s rebellious look. Even shoe designers have added cutouts to their latest collections with everyone from new cult label Elizabeth and James to beloved footwear darling Christian Louboutin putting out a provocative pair. A little skin is definitely in!
We love: Alexander Wang Cage Dress (US$645,

Jeweled Bib Necklaces
You’ve never been known for doing things by halves, why start now? This autumn, the statement piece that is turning heads are jeweled bib necklaces, and it’s time for you to tie one on. Whether you’re elaborating an evening dress or making the simplest t-shirt pop, these necklaces can work their magic on any outfit. To take the guess work out of which bib goes with which outfit (bet you thought it would be a while till you had to start worrying about that question!), companies like Alice + Olivia are making tees and tanks in super cute materials and cuts that come with fabulously matching jeweled bibs. These are now being deemed as this season’s showstopper necklace. . . it’s no wonder it was love at first sight!
We love: Kenneth Jay Lane’s Purple Crystal Bib Necklace (US$285,

Romantic Draping
Drapes, folds, twists and tucks are paying tribute to the Grecian Goddess this autumn and bringing romance back into style. Draping on dresses adds a bygone elegance while hanging beautifully on every curve, complimenting almost all shapes and sizes. Shoulder to shoulder draping gives a classic neckline a glamorous edge, while one shouldered draping is the perfect enchanting look for evening. You always considered yourself to be a modern day Aphrodite, now there’s the perfect excuse to dress the part!
We love: Alexander Wang Long Sleeved Goddess Dress (HK$5600, Lane Crawford)

Knee highs? Only when you’re playing it safe. Over-the-knee-boots? Ahh, we knew you had a wild side! But this year over-the-knee-boots are fun, stylish and sophisticated too. These elongated versions of the beloved knee-highs add a little more va va voom to any outfit, whether it be skinnes with a cosy top or a playful mini tunic. Suede styles look amazing in muted earth tones and if you’re going for leather aim to opt for basic black or brown (your red leather days are an era long gone by!). Great news, your cobbler of choice, Jimmy Choo will be the next guest designer to collaborate with retail giant H&M. Expect to see shoes, bags and accessories for both men and women, a women’s clothing line, and of course a stunning pair of over-the knee-boots (available from November 14, 2009).
We love: Giuseppe Zanotti Python Print Over the Knee Boots (Approx HK$8500, Giuseppe Zanotti, 2805 0890)

Only two things left to do on our September Issue agenda. . . order movie tickets and start shopping!

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