This Fall, fashion mixes the glamor of old school Hollywood with a few new school twists. The teenie bopper icons of the past few seasons, like Paris Hilton and the Olsen Twins, have been replaced by Kathryn Hepburn, Mama Madonna, Grace Kelly and young in love Demi.
So to prepare you for fall, take a little trip to your local video store (or Netflix) and rent the following:
Why Rent: The flowing “romantic” shirts, the deep rich fabrics, the velvets and the brocades are right off the pages of Vogue.
Featured: Roberto Cavalli Velvet Dress
Budget: Express,Forever 21, Old Navy, H&M
Why Rent: Richard Gere . . . and military style coats are a must have for fall. Please be careful not to go overboard a la Michael Jackson. Stick to wool and cotton versions (with between 2-5% spandex/lycra content) in black, navy blue, and winter cream.
Why Rent: Black is back with a vengeance—from updated cocktail dresses to thick cable knit sweaters. For those in cooler climates, wear black from head to toe. For those in warmer climates, mix in other colors such as pumpkin orange, steel gray, or your metallic pieces from the summer.
Featured: Donna Karan Collection Wool Shrug & Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $495.00-1195.00 at NeimanMarcus.com
Budget: Bluefly.com, The Limited, Kenneth Cole Outlets
Why Rent: Fur is everywhere this fall from collars on tweed suits to big hats to luxurious coats. If you’re not a big fan of fur, try faux fur sellers like Fabulous Furs.
Featured: Peter Som Fall 2005
Budget: Salvation Army, J.Crew, Consignment shops, Fabulous Furs
Howard Hughes had a thing for Kathryn Hepburn and Kathryn Hepburn had a thing for tailored menswear. Take a cue from this cinema queen and fill your wardrobes with tailored suits and separates in traditional suit fabrics like houndstooth and tweed.