Brit it On! Here’s a Sneak Peek of the UK’s Hottest Womenswear Brands

One of the perks of having a bi-coastal blog is being able to cover the latest fashion and beauty news from New York to LA to Las Vegas and beyond. So when I was recently invited to join four of London’s most renowned womenswear fashion brands at Bryant Park Hotel in NYC, I could not miss it. As some of you know, I have a special place in my heart for European fashion as I have traveled to London, Paris and Wales, which is where my boyfriend is from.

This was Arcadia Group’s first ever press day outside of Great Britain. They featured Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge and Wallis who showcased clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry from their Autumn/Winter 2013 collections as well as some pieces from their current summer collections.

Here are some of my favorite pieces per collection. Photo credits and special thanks go to Caitlin Hartigan, one of my guest fashion contributors and owner of Shop Savage.

Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins
wallis faves
Wallis
Wallis
Wallis
MS dress
Miss Selfridge
MS dress 2
Miss Selfridge
MS dress 3
Miss Selfridge
Miss Selfridge
Miss Selfridge

Top 10 Fall Fashion Trends

This may be my favorite fall season ever! With leather, digital prints and every shade of green on trend for this fall, I couldn’t be more excited for the temperatures to start dropping. Thanks to Neiman Marcus and fashion director Ken Downing who gave us a sneak peek of what’s to come, I now get to share them with all of you.

  1. Borrowed from the Boys: Menswear influences tailor-made for us! So when you’re in a bit of a masculine mood for tweed jackets and cardigans, the key here is to mix it up with ultra feminine accessories, heels and red lips of course.
  2. The Jacket: It’s all about making a statement with a fabulous jacket. More about style than function, this fall, jackets will come in so many textures to choose from.  Leather, tweed, shearling, oh my!
  3. Navy, the New Neutral: A great substitute for black, navy is  also great paired with ivories and beiges as well as with bold colors. I loved the way they paired it with a pair of metallic gold pants (pictured).
  4. The Leather Leg: We’ve already seen some celebrities rocking this look in the middle of summer.  I already have my faux leather pair but will have to wait for the temps to go below 90 degrees to put these babies on.
  5. Digital Prints: Perhaps my favorite fall fashion trend is the digital print dress.  A more modern and youthful way to wear prints, I  loved the Skaist Taylor Printed Chiffon Gown. Gorgeous!
  6. Mixed Greens: I am loving the “going green” look.  Green in combo or solo, I love it with beiges and golds.
  7. The Smoking Slipper: As some of you may know, I’m not a big fan of flats. I rarely wear them because I’m short so when I do, I tend to feel like a 12-yr old. However, the Prada Glitter Logo ones I saw today may change my mind. But then I came across these amazing Charlotte Olympia leopard print ankle boots (pictured) that took my breath away, as leopard print always does. I have yet to own to try to walk in any no-heel shoes or boots. Yet, my dear friend Mr. Giuseppe Zanotti stole the shoe show with these Lady Gaga-ish studded no-heel ankle boots (pictured).
  8. Statement Bag: It’s time for my bag to make a statement.  This Fall, details, color and size take a front seat.
  9. Brooches: This jewelry piece definitely make a bold fashion statement.  They can be worn on a cardigan or scarf. I sometimes wear mine as pendants.
  10. The Fall Face: Cherry on the lips and nails that is. I must admit, I like cherry more than red.  Maybe I should write a separate beauty blog about this for fall.

Here’s to a flawless fall fashion season!