Ready or not, it’s time to turn the calendar to September.
Whether you’re eager to embrace autumn’s crisp weather, or would rather cling dearly to summer, there are many ways to welcome the new season into your sense of style. Check out Stylebook’s list of things to browse, buy, try and watch for some fall fashion inspiration:
Try this!: The fall shopping season is young, but fringe is one trend that is already blanketing store racks and windows in a big way. It’s turning up everywhere — trimming vests, covering boot cuffs, dressing up bucket bags, outlining scarves, swinging from skirts, embellishing bracelets and lots of other places. If you’re leery of looking too groovy in this ’70s-inspired trend, start simply: A beaded bracelet with a small fringe tassel, or a fringe lariat necklace, are a couple of conservative choices before opting for a full-out fringe foray.
Websites to track: While September is the start of fall, the fashion world is already thinking spring. The marathon of runway shows and presentations that make up New York Fashion Week (Sept. 10-17), will preview the collections for spring/summer 2016 by some of the industry’s leading designers. But the trends won’t be all people will be talking about. Next month marks the first time New York Fashion Week will move downtown to its new home (or homes, actually), after being booted from Lincoln Center. Other venues, including Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea, and Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District, continue to grow the list of designers presenting shows under their roofs.
In short, there’s no shortage of things to check out. If you can’t make it to Manhattan, some of the action will be streamed online at newyorkfashionweeklive.com. The official Fashion Week website — nyfw.com — also will debut a mobile app so fashion fans can follow news and updates almost anywhere. And don’t forget about social media; it’s the fastest way to get a behind-the-scenes look at what’s happening inside the shows from those who are there. Search the hashtag #NYFW to get started.
New capsule collection to shop: Stock your wardrobe with the latest from Thakoon Panichgul without spending more than $200 on any individual piece. Sound impossible? Not in September, thanks to Kohl’s. On Sept. 10, the retail chain will release its latest limited-edition designer capsule collection, Thakoon for DesigNation. The 37-piece women’s wear collection is inspired by the spirit of London, and includes classic pieces, such as a little black skirt or pinstriped shirt, reimagined in fresh ways with floral pocket details and flattering tailoring. Shop for it while it lasts in stores or online at kohls.com.
Event to check out: New York isn’t the only city bustling with fashion events this month. On Sept. 21-27, the sixth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week returns with multiple days of runway shows featuring 20 designers and more than 300 models. Several events are free and open to the public. See the full schedule at www.pittsburghfashionweek.com.
Something for men: From style to skincare, the men’s market is booming these day with trends to try, and products to buy. One of the latest bath and body essentials to be re-engineered with guys in mind is the sonic cleanser. Clarisonic ($189 at www.clarisonic.com) and Clinique ($89.50 at www.clinique.com) have rolled out sonic cleansing brushes for men that claim to clear away dirt, sweat and oil from skin, plus prep the face and neck for a smoother shave. These devices also are designed to accommodate facial hair and thicker skin. If these brushes are anywhere near as effective as the women’s version, they’re likely to not only be a must-have for fall, but year-round.
For more from Post-Gazette style editor Sara Bauknecht, visit the PG’s fashion blog Stylebook at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG.