Fall is traditionally a season for unleashing aggression. Full-contact football replaces genteel baseball, while fashionably speaking, gauzy gowns give way to hard-hitting leather and suede. Fittingly, this season has a new muse I like to call the urban huntress: she’s intellectual, in charge, and in that Alexander Wang dress, always gets what she’s after. It’s the look of a vixenish predator that feels at once masculine-tough and jaw-droppingly sexy. Empowering? Without a doubt. Here’s how to plan your attack.
Phase 1: Acquire man-eating mini dress.
Zippers, draping, strategic cutouts—dresses are armed and dangerous this fall. Alexander Wang is your go-to designer for this modern bombshell frock: his Cage Dress, Cutout Dress (pictured), and Long Sleeve Goddess Dress are practically made for a sartorial showdown.
Phase 2: Build formidable footwear arsenal.
Killer kicks are required, and Shopbop designers do not disappoint. So deliciously intense, you almost need a license to operate Balmain boots. Giuseppe Zanotti designs for the celebrity favorite this season, elevating zippers and buckles to another stratosphere. Alexander Wang shoes have recently put their foot down at Shopbop, bringing an upscale ménage à trois of erotic, industrial, and sophisticated with them. And with a lug sole that could double as a weapon, Camilla Skovgaard proves that white cutout booties belong on the prowl (yes, even after Labor Day).
Phase 3: Snag bad-girl bag for toting extra ammo.
In the 1940s, the on-screen femme fatale might have carried a discreet little clutch just large enough to hold a tube of scarlet lipstick and a vial of whatever wouldn’t fit into her poison ring. Today’s real-life siren needs a carryall that can hold her cache of essentials and still look as scorching as the rest of her ensemble. Sling the Alexander Wang Coco Duffel around and you’re certain to top the Most Wanted List, while Rebecca Minkoff’s iguana-embossed Nikki Bag defines drop-dead in fiery red.