WESTENDER Fall Fashion 2016

AUGUST 22, 2016

Fall fashion preview: Hits and misses
Aileen Lalor — Westender
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Gigi Hadid walking for Chanel FW16 during Paris Fashion Week. — Contributed photo
It seems more than a little bit ridiculous to be writing about autumn style as the sun’s splitting the stones. However, the fashion calendar dictates that summer ends around Aug. 31 and thereafter we must ignore the thermometer and swelter in winter coats. We asked our favourite fashion friends for their top tips this season, and what we should avoid.

Right to bare arms

Chanel, Fall/Winter 2016/2017 – Contributed photo
Stylist Crystal Carson says that this season is all about the arms. “We saw one-shoulder pieces, bell, over-long and puffy balloon sleeves, and a continuation of the cold-shoulder trend,” she says.

Puff piece

The one item that will be in everyone’s wardrobe is the puffer jacket, according to Carson. How to stop them looking basic or soccer mom? “Look for longer ones in luxe fabrics with interesting finishing or asymmetric tucks to the neck.”

Colour me good

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Chanel, Fall/Winter 2016/2017 – Contributed photo
Pack away summer’s orange-y reds, burgundy and pastels. This season, says stylist Nadia Albano, everyone’s got the blues. “It’s a huge trend this season with royal blue and midnight blue making a big appearance on runways,” she says. “We’re also seeing purple, saffron, yellow, military green and the obvious – black.”

High-street hits

Albano believes one-shoulder silhouettes, micro-pleats, ruffles and tassels will be a big hit. “Tartan, plaid and anything military will also play well because they can easily be integrated into an existing wardrobe,” she says. “The ’80s revival – metallics, big shoulder pads and Lurex – will be great for thrift shoppers.” Carson’s betting on chokers. “They’re not just trendy – they’re essential,” she says. “Menswear and androgynous sweatshirts will also be big – literally, because they’re oversized. Then there’ll be luxe fabrics like velvet, and patchwork jeans instead of ripped ones – reconstructed, not deconstructed.”

Fashion duds

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Stella McCartney, Fall/Winter 2016/2017 – Contributed photo
“Puffer jackets over evening wear doesn’t work for me,” says Carson. “I mean, we’re forced into it as Canadians, but I think it’s an awkward combination.” According to Albano, “the vinyl trend and the moto jumpsuit are definite skips. They’re not versatile enough and don’t work for most lifestyles and body types.” And, says Carson, anyone who has to do anything practical should skip extra long sleeves. “They’re totally unrealistic for people who need to do normal stuff like typing – the most dysfunctional look of the season,” she says.

It’s a keeper

Both Albano and Carson say you should hold on to your cold-shoulder tops. To style them for winter, Carson recommends layering over a turtleneck. “That works for slip dresses too,” she says.
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10 Vancouverites & their relationship advice

Even though most people think my best advice is learned through years of educational training as a relationship counselor, it’s really those around me that often teach me the most. In the spirit of learning from others, I asked ten Vancouverites what their best relationship advice was. Here’s what they shared:

a) Always look at your lover or partners relationship with the parent of the opposite sex. In my case; I looked at the relationship of my man and his mother. This will tell you a lot about what your relationship will be like. It’s the first relationship they have experienced with the opposite sex.

b) Never go on a second date with anyone if you do not burst into laughter that almost brings you to tears on the first date. I live by a quote from the movie Michael with John Travolta. ” you got to learn to laugh, it’s the way to true love.” Life is far from perfect; knowing how to laugh with your partner is the most important.

c) Be their dream come true. Everyone has an idea in their head of the perfect someone but no one is perfect. It’s just a bunch of little things that create that dream. So ask what they are, don’t be afraid if you aren’t all of them, the things you do align with are what you can focus on and live to create magic in their life.

d) Be honest, open and real. When you truly love someone you must know the worst thing about them and accept it. Crystal Carson (Stylist)