Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has drawn to a close here in New York City, and we couldn’t be more excited about Fall 2012! It’s a season of clothing made for strong, independent and cool women — just how we like to think of all the Gilt.com shoppers. A decided new color palette has emerged, office-appropriate clothing has never looked more appealing, and outerwear took a new turn in the spotlight. Here are some of our favorite trends and shows. You can read all of our Editorial Director Melissa Liebling-Goldberg’s coverage of the shows on Stylelist.com, where she was a featured guest blogger for the week.
DARK TIMES: Neons took a backseat for the season with a sophisticated palette of navy, charcoal, ivory, tomato red (left at Michael Kors), hunter green, mustard yellow, peacock blue and the standout oxblood (above right at DKNY). Black is back, turning up on almost every single runway in multiple looks.
MAN’S WORLD: Menswear-inspired pantsuits were a major trend for the season, done in everything from traditional tweeds (Ralph Lauren, center) to bright red and soft pastels. Complementary sheaths mirrored the corner office effect for those who favor dresses.
FULL COVERAGE: Outerwear became a focus this season, with lots of leather, fur and heavy wools. The puffer coats and anoraks we’ve seen in previous seasons took a backseat to a more grown-up and dressy approach. Belted coats below the knee in simply sleek shapes stood out, and the classic double-breasted peacoat got extra mileage.
If there’s one thing that unites everyone here at Gilt.com, it’s shoes. This week brings the return of much-adored designer Sam Edelman to the site, and naturally we couldn’t be more excited! Edelman’s eponymous footwear line (launched in 2004, on the heels of his famous label Sam & Libby) is playful, distinctive, and always in line with the trends…which is why all the footwear obsessives on our staff swear by his shoes.
This sale is packed with essential boots and booties and chic, stash-in-your-bag flats, but what’s really catching our collective eye are the ahead-of-the-curve pointy-toed styles. We’ve been loving the reemergence of this classic footwear style — few shapes lengthen the leg so effortlessly! — and Sam’s designs are right in line with the trend.
The subtle Hamptom Flat ($59, from $110) offers a unique twist on the classic round-toe ballet style, with a cute embossed-python panel at the heel that further sets it apart from the (flat) pack.
The ultra-flattering Portnoy Pump ($59, from $120) also has a great pointed toe, and we’ve got it in three great wear-with-everything finishes: black suede, patent-leather neutral, and patent-leather black. For those looking for something a little more bold, there’s no arguing with the leopard-print calf hair Portnoys — perfect for indulging your inner Sophia Loren.
Raise your hand if you’re feeling the return of the pointy toe as much as we are — and don’t miss out on our amazing Sam Edelman sale, which kicks off February 8 at noon ET on Gilt.com.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gilt has partnered with actress and breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate on a sale filled with inspiring styles from head to toe. But what we’re most inspired by is Christina’s grace in not only beating the disease herself, but using her enormous star power to help other women get educated about the disease. Through her foundation, Right Action for Women, the Up All Night star provides information on early screening and detection, treatment options, and empowerment for those afflicted.
Applegate tells Gilt, “The reason I started Right Action for Women was to get the word out that this doesn’t just happen to women who are over 55…I was 36 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The reason that I was able to beat it was by early detection and that was by the smarts of my doctor, who said, ‘Mammograms are not for you; we’re going to do an MRI.’ An MRI can find breast cancer many years before a mammogram can. That’s something that I learned, and that I didn’t know about until I found out in my own life.” And the actress reminds that you can take matters into your hands—literally. “Early detection is key. Breast health is key. It’s to know your body, to be able to do self-examinations, to talk to your doctor if you know that you have a history in your family on either side,” she explains.
“I remember that when my mother was going through cancer, she always said to me, ‘Cancer is a word, not a sentence,’ Applegate tells Gilt. “And I know that there are women who come to this at different stages of cancer, but if we can wrap our heads around the idea that it’s not who you are—you are not cancer, and cancer does not own you; it’s a word and not a sentence—you can start there in your fight, and take your power back. Educate yourself. And try everything—from Eastern to Western medicine, everything you can—to take control back.”
Learn more at RightActionforWomen.org, and come back tomorrow, October 12, at noon ET to shop Christina’s inspired sale on Gilt.com.