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Eric Wilson’s Front Row Diary: Our Fashion TV Guide to the Fall Collections Thus Far

Eric Wilson is InStyle’s Fashion News Director. Sit front row at Fashion Week with him by following him on Twitter (@EricWilsonSays) and Instagram.

As we have already noted, Milan Fashion Week got off to a serious start this week with cerebral collections from Fendi, Gucci, and Prada. But not everything has to make you think. Sometimes the collections are just fun to watch, like reality television shows in which fashion is the star. Designers here are in the midst of transforming the reputation of their city back into a world-class capital, and that is happening thanks to a growing roster of new and adventurous labels combined with a sense of revitalized energy at the established ones.

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Marco de Vincenzo is one of the new guard, and his work is as fascinating and mature as even the grown up designers like Donatella Versace, who, by the way, had a powerful show that set a new look for the house while mining its glamorous heyday. But more on that in moment.

The looks have been coming fast and furious this Fashion Week, so scattered and independent of one another that watching the shows almost feels like flipping through the channels on television. If there has been one common denominator, it’s Wes Anderson, whose Royal Tenenbaums has been a stylistic reference for the collections of Bally, Etro, and Gucci, not to mention the Lacoste show back in New York. Something’s just in the air. So get out your tennis headbands and granny’s fur coats and take a tour through our fashion TV guide to the fall collections, thus far:

Versace (pictured, above): On Cinemax After Dark tonight, there was more than a hint of Richard Avedon’s groundbreaking 1990s advertising campaigns for Versace in Donatella Versace’s latest collection that featured sequined dresses embroidered with large letters spelling out the Versace name in a mixed-up logo mania, as if she hit the reset button on a classic this season. Bold green and yellow chubby furs, wild mini-dresses, and thigh-high red patent boots – what else would you expect from Versace than the Red Shoe Diaries?

Moschino (pictured, above left): On the Cartoon Network, it’s a Looney Tunes marathon, in which Sylvester, Daffy Duck, and Bugs Bunny go to to a hip-hop rave party. Worth watching for the soundtrack alone, but the clothes were pretty amusing, too.

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Marco de Vincenzo (pictured, above middle): On today’s after-school special, an up-and-coming designer who made his name with precisely pleated rainbow-lurex skirts and fabulously textured coats takes a walk on the wild side, showing a tougher edged girl in hiking boots trimmed with velvet braids. She looks dangerous in a laser-cut camel suit woven with ribbons that dangle darkly from her skirt. “I love decoration,” says de Vincenzo. “But also balance. It’s easy to do too much.”

Giamba (pictured, above right): A double-header on a similar track – Giambattista Valli creates sweet, sweet dresses in micro floral prints and acid-light colors for his newest, younger-skewing collection, only to cover them with leather harnesses. Is his customer naughty or nice? Or is she going to wind up on 16 and Pregnant?

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini (pictured, above left): On the History Channel, Serafini, Philosophy’s new designer, making his ready-to-wear debut, opting for prairie dresses and knit capes with an old-timey feel. Particularly charming are his separates with tomboy-appeal, like high-waisted tweed trousers worn with a delicately ruffled blue shirt.

Bally (pictured, above middle):  On Showtime on Demand, it’s a Wes Anderson marathon, featuring great new ready-to-wear with a 1960s vibe, including, rather unbelievably, a pair of crocodile pants. More probable for daywear were the Tenenbaum inspired looks, including some delightful tennis headbands à la Richie Tenenbaum, worn with a practical yellow blazer and white tunic over brown trousers.

Max Mara (pictured, above left): On the Biography Channel, the designers at Max Mara have uncovered a trove of early pictures of Marilyn Monroe, channeling the actress in her most vulnerable period through the form of outerwear. That’s right, multiple variations of deliciously cozy cocoon coats, which the models wrapped around themselves as cover-ups, as if they had just dashed out of the frigid ocean from a skinny dip. Gigi Hadid, the reality TV star turned model-du-moment, made a convincing Norma Jean, with her mouth posed in a wide-open pout as she made her way down the runway.

Stay tuned for what happens next.

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Oversize Blazers to Wear All Fall Long

The relaxed silhouette of an oversize blazer has a certain level of sophistication that’s hard to compete with. This borrowed-from-the-boys style is all about the details, so look for a topper with a crisp lapels, too-cool cuffs, or shapely shoulders–most importantly, you want something very tailored.

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How To Wear It:

Forgo cigarette pants here. Balance proportions with slouchy trousers or a boxy midiskirt. Crafted from lighter wools and crêpes, this blazer is all about the drape; go for stream-lined pairings like a silk blouse, or for evenings, skip that layer and show some skin, per Hermès (above, left center).

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Runway photos (at top, from left): Proenza Schouler, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, Reed Krakoff


Brave the Cold with the Coziest (and Prettiest) Scarves for Fall

With all this talk about fall fashion, like the best sweater-and-skirt combos to sport or how to transition your closet from summer to fall, we’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on the one essential to help you weather the cold: scarves.

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Diversify your look and add a pop of color with loud geo patterns or tap your wild side with a refined animal print scarf (one of this season’s major prints). Or, tread the fine line trend with checks in neutrals, vibrant hues, like the Marc by Marc Jacobs scarf (above, center), or rustic fall-ready shades. Not feeling the prints? We sought out one in minimalist, elegant shades of gray, too.

In other words, we found the coziest scarves around to suit every personality. Wear them cloaked like a blanket (a la Burberry’s blanket poncho), wrapped tight, long and loose, or belted. Shop all of our picks, ahead.

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Elisabeth Moss, Anjelica Huston Highlight Personal Style in Gap’s Fall Ad Campaign

Chances are you have a uniform that makes you fell unequivocally like you. Whether it’s a flowy dress and heels or jeans and sneakers, wearing some version of this ensemble feels at once normal and comfortable. Gap is celebrating everyone’s unique take on normal dressing with its new ad campaign, which is all about the individuality of personal style.

“Finding your own version of ‘dress normal’ is an art—my normal is different from your normal, and that’s the essence of the campaign,” Seth Farbam, Gap’s global chief marketing officer, says of the campaign. “This fall, Gap celebrates dressing for yourself and finding those perfect items—a pair of jeans, a T-shirt—that make you feel confident to be your most authentic self.”

The retailer has enlisted the help of some stylish celebs for the campaign, including Elisabeth Moss, Jena Malone, Zosia Mamet, Luke Grimes, and Anjelica Huston. More celebs will be revealed closer to the official Sept. 2 launch date. All of the ads, which focus on what Gap calls autumn’s standout trend, black denim, bear slogans like, “Dress like no one is watching,” and “Let your actions speak louder than your clothes.”

See more images from the campaign below.





Plus, see Elisabeth Moss’s favorite on- and off-screen moments in our gallery!

Hopscotch, Power Wheels, and Purse-Shaped Cakes: Stella McCartney’s Fun Fall 2014 Presentation

If there is one designer who knows how to put the fun in presenting a collection, it’s Stella McCartney. Last night, the designer hosted an intimate launch to showcase her fall 2014 collection at the Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall in New York City, complete with hopscotch and miniature Escalade power wheels. Close friends—including Liv Tyler, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin—also stopped by to join the fun.

As guests indulged in small bites, cakes in the shapes of Stella’s signature handbags, Beluga Vodka cocktails, and flutes of Veuve Clicquot champagne, models sported pieces from Stella’s new line including houndstooth and polka dot-printed pieces, along with designs featuring English artist Gary Hume’s graphic drawings, and masculine-inspired footwear (all sustainable of course). As much as we love the new collection, we can’t help but wonder which of McCartney’s friends did a round of hopscotch. To see more celebrities from this week’s biggest parties, look through our gallery.

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