Lucile Costey, who focuses on women's accessories for Paris-based style consulting agency Univers Mode, analyzes the upcoming fall-winter trends, including the surefire comeback of the leather motorcycle jacket.
Relaxnews: What are the three must-have items of clothing for women this fall?
Lucile Costey: Four items are set to be the 'must-haves' of women's wardrobes this fall: a large loose-fit sweater; a cape or a round-shoulder coat; plus a skirt, top or coat in guipure lace or broderie anglaise. The leather motorcycle jacket is also an essential fashion item this September.
R: What are the must-have accessories for the upcoming season?
LC: Women should look at 1950s-retro-style box bags, with both a flap and a turnlock, and perhaps a long chain strap. The backpack will also be in, albeit in chic versions, as will satchels inspired by schoolbags and saddlebags, but in a more feminine style. Several accessories complete the array, starting with a psychedelic print scarf as well as shoes in a material that looks like animal skin with a touch of fur or crocodile. As for jewelry, cuff bracelets and bejeweled belts are also set to star.
R: What about footwear? Can women keep on wearing their espadrilles and wedges? Or should they invest in new pairs?
LC: Espadrilles are ok at the start of the new season, to bask in the last rays of sunlight or for a belated vacation. But they'll have to be put away quickly! Wedges will still work for fall if they're made of wood, leather or rubber, but shapes and details will have to be more wintry.
R: What's new in that area?
LC: The strongest trends will revolve around derbies, mocassins or slipper-style shoes, heeled loafers and shoes with graphic cut-outs.
R: And the pieces that should be put out of rotation this season?
LC: Without a doubt, neon-colored tops, because they are just too summery, and bomber jackets in animal skins. As for footwear, ballet flats will be out of fashion, before being completely out of the picture by next summer. So no need to invest in a new pair.