The light outdoors is becoming softer, fruit is ripening, fields are golden, and greens are fading to yellow—it’s late summer, and pre-fall’s beautiful looks are ready to wear.
There’s a moment when you know the dog days of summer are over, but it‘s not yet fall. It’s a bit too cold for airy summer dresses, but still sunny enough for skirts without tights and no coat—unless we’re talking about this fluffy (fake) fur or shearling coat, which is a major trend these days regardless of the weather. With summer outfits becoming scarcer, we’re drawn to the beautiful pre-fall collections that are appearing in stores.
The color palette reflects every shade of an Indian summer, from warm yellow (e.g., Joseph) to the bright orangey-red we’ve spotted at Chloé and Marni. Shades of reddish brown such as at Rochas and Marco de Vincenzo, dark greens like the H&M dress and the moss green suit from Massimo Dutti, and pinks and purples as seen at Prada, Cavalli and Isabel Marant all featured in the season’s lookbooks. Prints vary from the romantic botanical plant and flower motifs at Erdem and Alexander McQueen to the cool checkered patterns at Nº21, JW Anderson, and many more (squares and tartans are also big these days). Layers of soft, velvet-embellished dresses with heavy, knitted throw-overs, such as cardigans, woolen capes or vests, walked every runway. With the huge 70s fashion comeback, wrap dresses and wide, romantic gowns are in many resort collections, as well as flared pants and flamboyant details such as bows, ruffles and fringes (see Ulla Johnson)—all referencing the vintage look predicted by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. Lovers of midis will appreciate the fact that many skirts and trousers are still cropped, hitting below the knee for a femininity that feels right on time. Accordion-like, pleated chiffon or silk appears more modern and light than heavy cotton. If you’re not already in love with velvet, wear the season’s fabric on your feet—there are lots of styles in the shops right now. Finish your late summer outfit with glamorous shades of sparkling eye shadow—the golden and copper metallics by Pat McGrath Labs, for example. Lastly, don’t forget to take a stroll outdoors to enjoy nature’s new clothes!