Some showstoppers, like finale-worthy evening gowns, speak for themselves on the runway, but inspired styling is a big part of what makes separates (see the season’s de rigueur chunky knits and animal prints) and more challenging looks (sequined harem pants at Thakoon) sing. While most of us can agree recreating a head-to-toe runway look is overkill, taking cues from how top designers present pieces at their shows is particularly helpful in figuring out how to wear them for every day.
Take Rag & Bone for example: clever layering made their fall 2009 collection come to life. Look closely at the ensemble on the far left above: that’s a leather dress peeking out from under the peacoat. With leggings and a sweater, it’s less biker rally, more British It-girl, while a felted wool shift (middle look) feels modish, not mild-mannered when put over a white button-down shirt and finished with socks and booties. And, flying in the face of the navy-with-black-is-a-no-no rule, the last look (at right) shows what a beautiful (if unexpected) couple these moody neutrals make.
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