If NYFW is any indication, and it is, mixing dynamic textures and fabrics is what’s going to set stylish ladies apart for Fall 2014. It’s a great trend to pick up on because it translates well to any aesthetic and any price point. Society girls can layer Carmen Marc Valvo’s black calf hair top with his long crystal-studded lace skirt to nail the look for evening. And cool downtown women can get it all in one piece with Rodarte’s uber stylish coats that mix glitter, matte wool and shearling in different colors to highlight the juxtaposition. Yes, you read that right, and it’s amazing.
My first indication that it was all about texture was really the first day of fashion week where we saw a lot of fur. Love it or hate it (there’s always faux!) fur is one of the easiest and most luxe ways to add a hit of dynamic contrasting texture to your look because it contrasts almost everything. (Everything but MOAR FUR.) Brandon Sun used it really impressively. An appliqued lace top and flannel pants were taken to the next level with a platinum silver fox collar that wrapped around under one arm and around the back to flounce from the other arm. But my favorite look was a floral jacquard sheath dress, mink point point d’esprit skirt that looked like appliqued lace and a mink cloak with cross mink feather detail.
For something super accessible, you can look to J. Crew. They’ve perfected this type of layering with their 3-piece rule. A sweater and pants are just two pieces, two textures, of clothing. Add a silk scarf or a velvet blazer and you’re adding a third layer, a third texture. This is also a variant of the pattern, color, texture, shine rule of dressing: basically that you should have all of those elements working for a great outfit. These rules were in affect at the J. Crew Fall 2014 presentation. There were lots of interesting textures like a pair of velvet sweats or brushed mohair embellishing a plain gray sweater. Outfits like a shiny floral skirt with a brightly patterned chunky wool sweater and a jacquard scarf were quirky and modern.
It would also be fairly easy to take inspiration from the Michael Kors Fall 2014 collection. Kors advanced classic American dressing with a collection that used texture to give depth and interest to monochrome looks. Even in all shades of gray, a knit top, textured blazer, shaggy fur scarf and a suede bag take some creativity and style to put together chicly. They’re also items you can find at any price point if you go for synthetic fabrics.