Must have colors for Fall!

Yes,it is hard to accept Fall is here and in some parts of North America snow is on the ground.In New York City we are still very firmly in Summer with everyone walking around in Shorts and  Tees.The stores however have turned over to the new season.

So that brings up the burning question as to what colors you should slowly start bringing into your wardrobe.Black,Grey and Deep shades of Brown are Fall classics and are the backbone of a great style statement so hopefully you have plenty of them in your wardrobe.Now for the Pop Colors.

The number one color once again is Red,no surprise here power red has been leading 3 seasons in a row and is well on it’s way to becoming a fall neutral joining black,grey and Brown in the hall of fame.If you are only able to add one color this season make it a shade of Red.

Pink is always a great Fall pop color as it mixes so well with the big 3 (Black,Grey and Brown).This season punch it up with Red,which was the big trend at the Emmys last week or shock it with a bright orange.If you are not a pink girl then go for just a touch in a great bag or shoe.

Pumpkin everything is a Fall mantra and so is Orange.This seasons must have according to Pantone is a Tiger Orange.Bold,Bright and Beautiful it is not for a wallflower.I liked it mixed with Navy,Grey and Chocolate,avoid mixing it with black as that is a little bit too Halloween.

Purple is the new Red,that great contrast that can liven any monochromatic outfit and this season all shades are in from a Dark Royal to a Deep Lavender.It is the must mix color with Grey and I love it with Brown.

Nothing lights up a great Fall outfit that a piece of Winter White.This season it is all about a rich creamy Vanilla.Pantone’s must have is called Vanilla Custard and is so chic and smooth.Wear it head to toe or mix in with almost any shade to elevate your outfit.It is a big color for accessories this season as well.

So have fun with color and brighten up your day!

Love,Sunil

Spring Prints are Here!

After much anticipation the stores in NYC are full of the latest and greatest prints for Spring 19.Even though Spring is actually a few days away, it has arrived in windows of the city.This is a print heavy season but “What are the key trends you should be rocking”?

Always classic and chic, black and white prints are the best gateway to Spring.Dots are leading the trend followed by simple florals and stripes.You can wear this right now mixing it with black and later in the season by mixing it with red,pink and yellow which are key colors.

Florals are always a key trend but this seasons must have are the 1950’s inspired large scale flowers that have their inspiration in home.Do rock them from head to toe for a bold look or just pick a jacket or a pant and pair it with navy,khaki or red.

Animal prints are now a mainstay for Spring thanks to the lovers who refuse to give it up.The prints tend to be lighter,brighter and with a little dash of color.Not quite what nature intended but a great alternative to flowers.If you are feeling feisty by all means work some head to toe animal,other wise tame it with a neutral like white,navy or tan.

I love this trend it looks like someone pieced together a bunch of scarves to create a print to delight your senses.If you are buying a dress this season this is the trend to go with.The best thing is you can dial this up by pairing it with pop color shoes and bags or refine it with nude accents.

Yes,Tie Dye is back in a big way not the hippie 60’s version but a sophisticated luxurious grown up one.This is going to be a big print for Summer as it just says beach,vacation and chill.It looks best when mixed with denim and white.

If you missed my blog post about the must have colors for Spring,here is a quick refresh http://sunilr.com/blog/must-wear-colors-for-spring-19/

My advice is to always add some fresh print to your wardrobe each season it is the most cost effective way to give it some zing.If you are not a print person try a scarf or a bag it will surprise you.

Must wear colors for Spring 19!

After pouring over many fashion magazines,attending several trend seminars,visiting many stores in NYC and talking to my friends in the fashion business I am able to share what the key colors for Spring 2019 are and how to wear them.This seasons colors are all about joy and being uplifted.Spring is about being confident in the colors you wear and also about choosing  unexpected combinations.

We are seeing this trio of color becoming the base for any great Spring wardrobe.The seasons white is bright leaning towards optic,the black is bold and rich and the red is very intense.Black and White have always been the backbone of a Spring/Summer wardrobe and now Red joins it.If you only wear these 3 colors this season you will have a very classic and chic wardrobe, that can take you right thru the end of the year because a lot of the Fall 2019 show in NYC featured these 3 colors in a big way.Most of the store windows in the city are featuring combinations of these 3 colors right now because they are the most wearable at this time of year.

I would say wear 2 or 3  these colors combined  right now and as we head into the warmer weather go all red or all white.If you are buying any investment pieces this season make sure they are in this color trio as you are going to get your value by wearing them all the time.White shoes are going to be a key trend this season but if you buy ones that have a touch of black or red you will have more opportunities to sport them.

Neutrals in shades of beige are a huge trend this season mainly due to the influence of Meghan Markle.For a super sophisticated look go for monochromatic head to toe beige or mix it up with black,red and white.Do invest in a great pair of shoes and a bag in this color as it will go with everything you own.Some shades of beige can wash you out if you have a lighter skin tone,so it that case look for warmer shades like sand or khaki that have more brown in them.This is a big color for outerwear so if you are buying a new coat do gravitate towards this color family.

These 4 colors are your neutrals and form the foundation of your wardrobe along with Navy and Denim which are now a staples for Spring and Summer.Here are the accents.

Pink is always a key color for Spring this season it all about being bold and beautiful.Pantone listed Pink Peacock as one of the top ten colors and we are seeing this as that pop to jolt your wardrobe into joy.Mix it with white,navy and khaki for a cool chic vibe or pair it with red for that fashionista feeling.Creat color for your spring sweaters and tanks.

Magazines,Celebs and fashionistas worldwide are in love with this color.Pantone mentioned Aspen Gold as a top color because it brightens our day and stimulates feelings of joy and good cheer.As much as we love Yellow and all the wonderful vibes it brings it is a hard color to wear for most skin tones.It does look better with a tan so you might want to save it for later in the season.I have to say it looks amazing when mixed with navy and white.If head to toe yellow is not your thing try a yellow shoe with jeans and a white shirt it will really give some zing to your step.

If you really want to make an on trend statement this Spring,Yellow is the way to go.

We usually associate orange with Fall but this season designers have made it a must have for Summer.Pantone named Fiesta as a top ten color for Spring.Orange is all about energy,passion and excitement after a long dark dull winter we seek those things.Mix it with pink for that over the top exuberance or pair it with navy,denim and khaki for a little more restrained joy.

This bright blue was all over the Couture shows because of how it glistens and glows,Pantone listed Princess Blue as an important choice to provide that boost to your wardrobe.A great color for a light weight sweater or cardigan it mixes well with white,khaki and black.

So take the time this season to break from the basics and have some fun with color.
♥ Sunil

Must have Prints this Fall!

We are now firmly into Fall and it is time to rock some of this season’s must have Prints.Adding an on trend print is the quickest way to keep your wardrobe fresh and fabulous.I have spent many hours combing the stores in NYC,shopping online and pouring thru all those voluminous September issues to give you my top five.

With no hesitation I can say the number 1 spot goes to…

No surprise here because animal prints are not only year round but have been getting stronger season by season.Animal prints are available at every price point this season and they also come in every accessory imaginable.The focus is on the big cats with a very graphic quality to them and what is new is the textural element.So this season rock a sequined animal print.a plush velvet one or a shiny leather one.If cats are not your thing there is a plethora of real and imaginary animals to choose from like zebra,python,crocodile and my all time favourite dragon.If you buy just one print this season make sure it is a wild one.

The number 2 spot goes to…

Florals that usually dominate Spring and Summer are now just as important in the Fall.The seasons versions are usually on a darker ground and have a more painterly feel.Yes it is perfectly okay to wear head to toe florals in the dead of Winter.

In at number 3 comes a classic…

Some may argue that they are more of a texture as they are very often woven in to the fabric but this season they have an exuberance to them that gives them the feel of a print.They run the range from tasteful to loud but  all have a very posh undertone to them.Think of gentlemen dandies and prep school boys.

Number 4…

I have always said in fashion we love the interplay,so we go from posh to rustic.These prints are inspired by the American heartland.Think of sophisticated prairie chic.They have a very natural handmade feel to them and compliment this seasons  big bohemian trend.

Fifth place goes to…

This is one of the freshest trends we are seeing and is available from Ferragamo to Zara.It looks like your garment is made up of a bunch of beautiful scarves and the truth is if you have a bunch of stunning scarves you can recreate some of these pieces.

I had to mention this one for those of you who love florals but do not think they are suitable for the dead of winter…

We are seeing a slew of decorative prints taking their cues from opulent brocades,rich jacquards and and ornate damask.Inspired by upholstery fabrics these prints add a richness to you wardrobe and are a great way to wear print around the holidays.

So do add some print to your wardrobe this Fall as it is one of the most cost effective ways to update your wardrobe.Use a piece in a current print and surround it with some of your classics,you will be surprised as to how current it will look.

 

Must have colors for Fall 2018

 

Fall is arriving in the next couple of weeks and bringing with it a color palette that is a total sensory delight.I am not talking about the spectacular show that mother nature puts on but the one that you need to put on with your wardrobe this season.Color is the most effective way to update your look and also make you feel ready to take on the season.

I usually wait till all the stores have displayed their Fall arrivals,analyze the massive September issues and finally browse all the trendy websites before I come up with my list.Pantone does a great job with breaking down the colors shown the runway and I like to combine it with the reality of what people are actually gravitating towards.

The number 1 must have color this season is Red.I like to call it Power Red.There are two shades that are making a big impact a deeper more sophisticated pear red and a vibrant energising poppy red.All the major store windows in New York city are featuring red right now.It is an outgoing color that is all about individuality and standing out.With so many  brave women stepping forward to lead right now this is no surprise.It is also a strong color for accessories and one of the newest ways to wear it is to mix it with pink.

 

The number 2 color out there is Grey,with the tailoring and menswear trends being so strong women have borrowed this one from the boys and made it their own by giving it a very refined silver tint.Great chic color for head to toe dressing as it looks very ladylike and refined.Mix it with camel or orange for a more edgier look.

 

My third choice is Pink,normally a color associated with Spring pink is a must have this Fall.Fall’s pinks run the gambit from serene to vibrant and pairs so well with both grey and brown.A strong color for evening and surprisingly outer wear it is bound to delight the little girl in all of us and yes, it is perfectly okay to wear head to toe pink.

 

Chocolate Brown is big this Fall because it offers luxury without the calories.It is a warm sophisticated color that offers you a warmer alternative to black.With  faux fur being a major trend this Fall it perfectly lends itself to this color so does velvet and shearling two of the must have fabrics this season.

 

I give the number 5 spot to Winter White,so chic and expensive looking it breaks the fashion rule of wearing white after labor day.I love how great it looks when mixed with black and brown.White boots are a big trend this season.This is also a good color to transition you from Summer to Fall when mixed with denim.

 

 

Yellow which was a major must wear color this Spring continues to Fall moving from a sunny hue to a more spicy one.Pantone named Ceylon Yellow a must have color and originating from Ceylon I grew up surrounded by this color and am very partial to it.It signifies both warmth and optimism and mixes so well with grey and camel.Look for it in a great sweater or jacket.It is also a big color for activewear.

 

 

Bright Blue is a great accent color to add to your wardrobe this season in both sweaters and outerwear.It can brighten up a dreary Fall day and lift up your spirits.While yellow and orange are hard to wear for some of us this bright shade of blue is universally flattering.Pantone has a beautiful Nebulas Blue as part of the top color range.Mix it with grey and black for a more sophisticated urban feel or contrast it with pink or orange for that wow factor.

 

 

What is Fall without a fabulous Vibrant Orange in your wardrobe.A great pop color for outerwear it also pairs so well with black and brown.Do mix it with grey and pink this season for an unexpected twist.After all this season is about everything pumpkin.

 

 

It goes without saying that the biggest selling color for Fall is always Black, it is the color most people feel comfortable in but it does not need to be basic and boring.This season’s black is all about texture from matte to gloss from smooth to quilted and from flat to pile.Do wear head to toe black this season but mix and contrast the textures for a modern take.

So have fun with color this season and remember to wear the ones that delight your senses.

♥ Sunil