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Fall Clothing Preview – Daily Fashions

For many mom s, the sunny Summer is a beautiful way to celebrate fashion — and playtime — in a refreshing way.   However, there’s no harm in taking a stylish “first look” at the fashion in store for those first breezy days of September.

Get your Fall shopping list ready using our rundown of the seasn’s 2011 fashion trends by some of the industry’s most influential, new and classic brands and designers.  Use these it ems to intermix with classic cool weather pieces already in your closet at home!

A Go Everywhere Blazer This fitted woven silk jacket is an invaluable asset for putting together all kinds of perfect Fall looks.  The Becky Jacket by Rebecca Minkoff looks great when worn closed (for the board room) or open (for after school).  Available at Shopbop.

red blazer fitted jacket

Take a fitted jacket everywhere!

A Return to Plaid Fall and tartan styles go hand in hand like fruits and veggies.  Add a shock of modernized plaid to your wardrobe; the Philosophy Tartan Pencil Skirt by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania also features Fall’s newest layered, asymmetrical hem.   Get it at Net-a-Porter.


vivienne westwood tartan plaid skirt

Fall skirts get a new kind of drape.

A Brand New Pullover Cable knits are making a comeback — big time.  Grown-up school style gives sweaters a roomy look at a cropped length that doesn’t add bulk to your hips.  Grey Cable Knit Pullover Sweater by 3.1 Phillip Lim, available at Saks.

cable knit pullover phillip lime 3.1

Not your daughter's knits.



Gleam On! Metallic & Sequin Looks By Day

Spring fashion is not just about letting prints and colors burst — funky metallics are taking over!  Get ready to spend your days wearing stellar sequin tanks, skirts of lame with mirrorlike pleats and essential accessories that will brighten up matte fabrics like cotton or linen.

Dressing in gleam should enhance your outfit, not intimidate:  Pair these amazingly shiny looks with basic wardrobe staples such as blazers and jeans.

Elie tahari francesca skirt

Contrast glimmering fashions with everyday basics, like khaki. Elie Tahari S/S 2011 (above).


Basics Get Glam This loose-fitting tank top works great at a picnic, or a fantastic roller coaster ride.   Vintage Cotton Sequin Tank in 3 colors ($78), available at J. Crew.


A super sequined tank is great with capris.


The Skirt Every Woman Should Have Relive golden ages with a classic high waist and lame pleats that move as you walk.. sashay or dance!  Metallic Francesca Skirt by Elie Tahari ($398, shown above on the runway) at Shopbop.


Eli Tahari Francesca gold lame skirt

Workwear gets a lift!


It’s All in the Bag Tote this gorgeous patent bag to the beach or museum day playdates.   It holds a nice amount of toddler (and mom) essentials!  See by Chloe Sequined Patent Leather Tote ($225), available at Net-a-Porter.

see by chloe patent tote bag

Just throw it in the bag.

Mother-To-Be Rachel Zoe’s New Clothing Line!

It has been quite the season for the petite blonde once known solely as a (very well-paid) celebrity stylist.  As we anxiously await Season 4 of The Rachel Zoe Project,  hard-working Rachel and husband Rodger Berman are making preparations for the birth of their first baby boy.

Rachel Zoe Rodger Berman

The petite powerhouse disguised her fashionable bump until November, when she announced her pregnancy via Twitter

It was the style guru herself who accidentally revealed her baby’s sex during a now-famous interview with Womens Wear Daily.   Zoe, who is 7 months expecting, gave the fashion press a first look her new contemporary clothing line during a private event at a loft in downtown New York.

Photo courtesy of WWD

The collection consisting of menswear-type suits (above), elaborate leather capes and all kinds of dresses,  is inspired by Rachel’s favorite looks (including all-white outfits) and designers she typically wears, such as Halston.

Rachel Zoe copied black white vintage dress

The copied vintage dress Rachel created her own version of the black-and-white creation she used in a magazine shoot (and owns, above) in 2008.

Falling into the contemporary price range, fans of the line  should expect to pay over $200 for a short dress and $700 for a suit look.  While it isn’t confirmed which stores will actually carry the line, its designer told WWD that she would like to see it hanging near “it” labels like Alexander Wang. She also continues to design the Rachel Zoe line of fairly-priced accessories and faux fur looks for shopping network QVC.

Hot Mom Jessica Alba for Michigan Avenue Magazine

In case we didn’t have enough reasons to praise the young actress, mother and model, Jessica Alba is the newest celeb to be styled into a drop-dead breathtaking cover for lifestyle and beauty mag Michigan Avenue.  Alba, who is often photographed during travel with daughter Honor, now 2, has been making headlines in media since her teen days in Seventeen magazine. 

The  stunning magazine cover (below) features leather stilettos by Michael Kors and a deeply textural knit dress by Jen Kao.   Other looks include a skirt by Marc Jacobs (shown above) and pumps by Brian Atwood.  Despite her profound “sexiest actress” image (her many cover shoots include Maxim and Cosmopolitan), Jessica joked via Twitter about her diet of neutral clothing giving her an old lady appearance.  “I think there’s a certain age where you’re not allowed to wear fluorescents and foil”, she explains to Michigan Avenue.

Accessory Rush

High fashion bangle bracelets give a unique sense of glamor to otherwise low-key bohemian looks.  Get Jess’s bangles at a price that won’t rock your wallet.  Beaded brass coil bracelet with satin finish, ABS by Allen Schwartz, $150 at Saks.

Designing Moms

As International Fashion Weeks come to a close, it’s time to reflect on the many women of fashion– and we’re not talking models!  Our favorite fashionistas play the role of designing the runway’s most popular collections while living the life of full-time mom.  Check out their apparel inspirations plus the latest looks for upcoming Spring 2011:

Victoria Beckham

The ultra-posh VB was the talk of New York’s recent Fashion Week, politely unveiling her Spring and Summer Collections of dresses and sunglasses (effectively named Victoria Beckham) to an intimate army of fashion elite.  Getting rave reviews from the likes of Rachel Zoe and Barneys Creative Director Simon Doonan, the former Spice Girl’s distinctive resume is that of a designer, couture muse and mother to boys Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo (below, in early 2010).

Above: Chic, versatile and Reversible Petrol Zip Cardigan from Victoria Beckham Jeans, $405 at StylebopBelow: Fun choices for cocktails from the Spring/Summer Collection 2011.

Gwen Stefani

Known for her quirky, colorful looks that are the perfect example of punk-glam, the platinum-haired Stefani first debuted her collection Love, Angel, Music, Baby (aka L.A.M.B) in 2003.  Preceding her Spring/Summer ’11 show at NY Fashion Week,  Gwen enthusiastically explained to Styleite: “My kids are the whole reason I started L.A.M.B..  I wanted a creative outlet and to still have my kids around”.

Above: Going green at L.A.M.B. Spring/Summer Collection 2011; Gwen Stefani with her oldest son, Kingston.  Below: Rouched leather and suede Puffy Suede Booties with Cuff, $395 at Shopbop.

Stacey Bendet

The wildly creative designer and co-founder of Alice + Olivia (with partner Andrew Rosen) made her collection famous upon the debut of striped bell bottoms.  Following a whirlwind of critical acclaim, Stacey’s fashion-star status led to Alice + Olivia Kids,  an equally stylish line enjoyed by mini fashion mavens Suri Cruise and Bendet’s own daughter Eloise, now 22 months.   What’s next?  Stacey and husband Eric Bendet recently announced they are expecting child #2.. and an A+O shoe line in 2011!

Above: Mrs. Bendet- with Eloise in 2009.  Below: Blend this black + gray separate with your favorite basic shades.  High Waist Polka Dot Skirt, $297; little girls Shrunken Faux Zebra Fur Jacket, $264.  Both available at Alice + Olivia.