Fall (fashions) forward

Photographs by Julie Oliver
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Fashions for fall from Bayshore Mall. (Photo: Julie Oliver)

Anything goes, anytime, anywhere. If fall fashion has a theme, it’s this promise. Think lush jewel-tone shades, popping patterns, vampire glam and opulent wear. Luxe leather, layering and faux-fur are all cool-weather charms.

They say that timing is everything, so seize the moment, says Flare magazine’s fashion director Liz Cabral. Need a lesson in how to interpret the fall trends into your own wardrobe?Cabral is coming to town to offer a helping hand. Flare World Runway Tour, a fashion and beauty event, comes to Bayshore Shopping Centre on Oct. 10.

“I will give people an in-depth look at all of the trends. Flare editors are on the front line of fashion so we’ll interpret this season’s looks. We give people tips on how to take looks from the runway to the real way.”

A big tent will be set up outside at the back of the mall near the HomeSense and Bay entrance with seating for about 250. James Jefferson of Ottawa’s Blackbook Lifestyle has interpreted Flare magazine’s top trends for this fashion spread along with hot looks from the runway. All clothing and accessories can be found at retail stores at Bayshore Shopping Centre, including Tristan and The Bay.

One need only look at current fashion magazines to see that fall runways are awash in colour as women embrace royal-inspired shades like sapphire blue, ruby red and emerald green.

Cabral credits the world’s obsession with Kate Middleton with this nod to colour.

“Everyone loves a modern princess. Colour is making a big, bold, sophisticated statement. People are wearing the same colour from head-to-toe or one shade lighter like a lighter blue pant with deeper blue top.”

Cabral says fashionistas and designers are driving this trend, which, if embraced properly, is the perfect way for women to stand out and to express themselves.

“People are becoming more adventurous. Colour has always been a trend, but it’s how women embrace and interpret it.”

As part of her job, Cabral attends runway shows around the world and sees firsthand what other fashion editors are promoting.

Asian-inspired influences are affecting design opinions around the globe.

As a result, people are seeing such things as embroidered apparel, animal prints and “Siberian luxury,” like fur hats and collared dresses on runways.

Fashion and pop culture often go hand-in-hand so the steamy vampire glam look is the direct result of shows like True Blood and Twilight.

Lisbeth Salander, the dark heroine of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series, is also driving this trend with biker boots, leather embellishments and studded cuffs.

“It’s not angst-ridden, it’s a sexy take on the vampire genre. The look can be interpreted with dramatic, low-cut dresses, black lace and capes. There is a strong beauty component with prominent red lips in matte or a velvety finish that offers a just-bitten look.”

Peplums, suits, printed pants, pantsuits and leather are a huge trend this season. Opulent outfits and glittering statement jewelry pieces aren’t just for night time.

So mix it up. “You can wear anything at anytime, anywhere,” Cabral recommends.

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