Fall fashion is already here and now, as clothing boutiques and department stores are ready to present women with the top trends for 2015. Fashion layering and accent exaggerations will create the foundation for closets throughout Los Angeles. L.A. women rely on their personal stylists to guide and customize their wardrobes for each season. Ilana Gelfand, wardrobe consultant and personal stylist to LA ‘s most fashionable women, highlights the trends of the season — she says it ‘s about exquisite velvets and heavy fabrics, fur accents and dark prints.
A graduate from Drexel University in Fashion Design & Merchandising, Ilana Gelfand is now in Los Angeles working her styling magic on women. Gelfand ‘s keen eye for merchandising and visuals got her gigs at Fox ‘s “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” Bloomingdale’s in Santa Monica and photo shoots for international editorials. But the excitement just wasn’t there for her — she realized she wanted to share her vision with the everyday woman. Today, she dresses the fabulous women who live a celebrity-style life without the paparazzi. She offers a full service closet cleansing, helps her clients recycle by making alterations and selects classic wardrobe staples and accessories.
“The Bohemian and hippie influences of the 70s will style women throughout the fall and winter seasons. It was evident on the 2015 fall runways. Designers like Chloe, Tory Burch, Anna Sui, Burberry, Isabel Marant, Dries Van Noten and more are wearing flared pants, bell sleeves, suede dresses, and fringe everywhere. The 70s eclecticism has been no stranger to the catwalk, but this fall is all about the additional layering and accessorizing of shearling vests, floppy hats, suede boots and fringed bags. Any bohemian dress can be completed with the perfect over-the-knee suede boot. Invest in the perfect flat or heeled pair. (Ipersonally love the Stuart Weitzman OTK boots).”
“If simplicity is more your style, the minimalist look from spring welcomes a wardrobe update for fall. There are some items I suggest holding on to — keep your joggers, casual sneakers and sweaters. To freshen up this look, try layering on a cape, which is another fall trend we will see. Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Lanvin, and Marc Jacobs are just to name a few who showed that comfort comes in the form of an oversized cashmere-blend blanket. Finding the right cape can be tedious, but when you do, it ‘s the easiest outfit to roll out of bed and run to the market in. Leggings, boots and a big blanket — sign me up!”
“It s difficult to deny that head-to-toe black is the easiest form of chic. So, without seeming too Addams Family grunge this fashion season, the term “Goth” is much more approachable today. Think elegant lace, long skirts, tops that completely cover the arms with high necklines are styles that are turning heads. Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang created head-to-toe wardrobing that is a far more alluring and sophisticated new Goth fashion than we are used to. I like layering several thin chain necklaces over an all-black look — it dramatically steps up slimming your overall appearance.”
“Last fall and winter, brightly colored fur flooded the streets. It appears fur trim is back in every category this season. You will see fur accenting everything from evening dresses and coats to shoes and accessories. On the runway, Ferragamo models wore dark colored fur trim tops, and Gucci, Fendi and Celine showed fur-covered pockets and jacket cuffs. Of course, any garment becomes more expensive with fur additions. If you don ‘t want to break the bank this fall, I recommend buying one fur shawl to pair over evening dresses, coats or sweaters that are already in your wardrobe. The added bonus: warmth!”
“Grandma ‘s jewelry box is anything but dated this season. Snag costume brooches sweaters, jackets and shoes. Refined tassels are this year ‘s fringe trend — from Christian Louboutin ‘s platform sandals to Chloe ‘s handbag closures and Lanvin ‘s statement necklaces, tassels are, well, everywhere. Step into classic Mary-Jane pumps, which designers such as Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg have upgraded with a thick block heel, while Louis Vuitton and Casadei give the shoe a stiletto heel. Minimize large hobo and tote bags with statement clutches — studies show the change may reduce stress as you are limited to only the necessities — a wallet, cell phone, keys and maybe a lipstick.”
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