Fall fashion trend report: It’s all about red

Canadian style experts dish on the top fashion trends of the fall season.

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Fall is set to heat up thanks to a hue that’s been dubbed the ‘It’ colour of the season.

“Everyone is talking about red being the vibe for fall,” Kim Appelt, a Toronto-based celebrity stylist and author of the new book Style for Everybody, says.

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With red being dubbed the “new pink” by Harper’s Bazaar, the shade is set to be everywhere this season. For those looking to embrace the bold colour in a less committed way, Appelt recommends opting for an accessory such as a red hair clip, handbag or heels for a “fresh” fall accent.

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Offering a welcome departure for the more staid shades often seen in fall/winter seasons, the colour story offers an evolution of the summer’s obsession with all things Barbie pink.

“Barbie created a chokehold on the colour pink,” Joshua Langston, a Vancouver-based lifestyle writer and TV/film wardrobe stylist, says of the pop-of-colour hue that was spurred on by the standout success of the film Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

While designer runway shows and street-style influencers continue to impact the fashion trends at large, Langston points to Hollywood as a main mover-and-shaker influencing the latest styles this year.

Babaton The Slouch Coat, $398 at Aritzia.
Babaton The Slouch Coat, $398 at Aritzia. Aritzia

“Film and TV are strongly influencing trends right now,” Langston says. “There are tons of shows that are heavily in the zeitgeist and are influencing a lot of these looks. Succession is a great example of a show that shows this idea of business-core, even outside of the office. Succession also pushed the quiet luxury movement as well, with The Row being a great example of that overall feel.”

Quiet luxury — “understated styles made with very high-quality materials,” according to WWD — pushes back against logo-heavy designs with a more relaxed approach to fashion that’s far more discreet. According to Langston, it also plays into an overarching trend that sees styles become more relaxed overall.

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“Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, there’s an overall ease in what we see on the runway as well on the street,” Langston says. “This is being seen in pants, from denim to trousers, that are now opting for a more ’90s baggy shape. Also, oversized outerwear you could wrap yourself up in a couple times.

“This fall is all about being comfortable, and I’m here for it.”

The return of ’90s silhouettes can be seen this season across almost every category.

“My favourite mood for fall has to be the ’90s minimalism, and all the classic shapes and neutrals that go along with it,” Appelt says. “A good slip dress and oversized blazer with a pair of loafers or Fendi lug soles is a current staple for me. If you swap out the slip dress and wear a pair of wide leg suit pants you have another outfit that touches on the fall mood of suiting.”

When considering a new garment this fall, Appelt recommends “knowing your body type and personal style” in order to ensure the piece will enjoy a long life in your closet.

“For example, if you have a wardrobe of navy, white and beige, and usually have a more classic style — buying that puff-sleeved bright pink top on the mannequin or the platform shoes might be a bit of a departure for you,” she says. “When I am shopping with a client, if we are buying a trendy piece I try to have them think about how it can be styled with a few looks in their existing closet.

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“If we can think of more than three ways, and it also is flattering, it’s a go.” 

Both experts recommended shopping thrift stores for unique, new-to-you pieces for fall.

“It’s really easy to find a great oversized blazer or a baggy slack when you’re out thrifting or at consignment shops,” Langston says pointing to Collective Will and The Find Studio as two favourite spots for preloved designer finds.

To update found fashions, or to ensure a perfect-for-you fit, Langston recommends taking a thrifted or vintage piece to a tailor.

“Sometimes, the perfect second-hand piece just needs a little tailoring to look like you bought it custom,” Langston says.

Three trends to try this fall

Each new season ushers in a wave of new trends.

To help select the ones that will work best for you, Joshua Langston, a Vancouver-based lifestyle writer and TV/film wardrobe stylist, recommends opting for only those trendy items that you can see yourself wearing long after the seasonal buzz has worn off.

“Whenever I see a trend on the runway I ask myself the question, ‘Do I even like the trend?’ If the answer is a hard no, I’ll just skip it entirely,” Langston says. “If it’s something I want to experiment with, I’ll usually try and thrift something that falls within that trend to ‘test-drive’ it before considering investing in it.”

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With an eye for pairing down the fall fashion trends, Langston hand-picked three must-try style “stories” to consider tailoring to fit your personal style.

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The trend: Bodega run.

As seen on the runway at: Margiela, Gucci, Miu Miu.

“It’s a bit of a take of the ’90s ‘model-off-duty’ look,” Langston explains. With comfort a key aspect of the trend, Langston says there’s a certain ease that comes with the look. “Slouchy jeans with that perfect white T-shirt or half-tucked oxford shirt and an oversized jacket or trench coat.”

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The trend: To the max.

As seen on the runway at: JW Anderson, Commes des Garcons, Dries Van Noten.

As the name would suggest, this trend is all about “maximalist” dressing. “Outerwear with exaggerated shapes and silhouettes, exaggerated collars and lapels,” Langston explains.

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The trend: In the business.

As seen on the runway at: Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Valentino.

Think of this trend as office wear becomes everyday wear. “There’s also some playing with the proportion of the individual pieces, like a baggier pant with a more structure blazer, or an oversized blazer with a more tailored pant,” Langston says.

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