Above: From Beaufille Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Image found here.
This fantastic trench by Beaufille has all the grunge appeal a gal could want but a modern cut. The adjustable sleeves offer lots of layering potential, no?
Above: From the Mikhael Kale Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Image found here.
The sunglasses and shoes make this super-femme look sorta steampunk, but somehow it works and looks totally unique. The beautiful skirt and shirt by Mikhael Kale are so colourful–almost summery, really, but the cut and architectural details are perfect for fall–it’s a wonder that street style stars haven’t been caught in Kale’s creations yet.
From the JNBY Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Image found here.
The neutral palette seems summery, but as you can see, this look from JNBY is perfect for cooler temperatures. Add a beret and a wooly infinity scarf, and you’ve got a perfect outfit worthy of cold East Coast winters.
Above: from the Mackage Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Image found here.
The colours used in the Mackage Fall/Winter collection seem like they shouldn’t work but they totally do: Halloween orange, black, white, and oxblood–def go look at their runway show for further inspiration. As you can see from this pretty much all-black outfit, a pop of orange and a bit of white make this look so polished and unique.
It’s not secret that here at The Closet Feminist we’re crazy about Canadian designers. Here are some choice looks from the Fall/Winter 2013 collections by Montreal-based designers. Get ready to ooh and ahh!
Eve Gravel Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.
A little Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice, a little The Tudors, this look by Eve Gravel hits all the fall trends on the head. The floral print of the skirt on the black background looks especially luxurious and still-life inspired.
Rush by Claudette Floyd Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.
The use of the turtleneck in this look designed by Claudette Floyd is genius, and the pants-under-skirt detail is a perfect rendition of this tricky fall trend.
Nisse Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.
The details on the skirt and blouse by Nisse are so subtle yet beautiful, and this colour palette–olive and light robin’s egg blue is impossibly chic.
Marilyn Baril Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.
A distinctly Canadian coat worthy of our cold winters is something we’ve been looking for given that Hudson’s Bay coats are decidedly not for us. We’ll be looking to Marilyn Beril from now on for the perfect cold-weather cover up.
Impair Fall/Winter 2013. Image found here.
Love this polished look by Impair–the pieces are totally office-worthy; the black with camel accents is so polished and just enough.
Esther Quek, stylist and fashion director at The Rake, is the street style star as far as we are concerned. Her layering and use of colour are masterful, and her totally unique approach to more butch style or ‘menswear’ silhouettes is truly inspired. She’s made the list as one of our Fall Fashion Icons as we are especially appreciative of her outfits which would be worthy of any work/office environment. Get more of her style on her blog here.
Quek’s use of colour is totally unique and not that hard to emulate–most of her looks, like the one above are a fairly neutral colour palette you probably already have in your wardrobe: beiges, greys, darker colours like navy, and of course black. Her outfit above is really entirely green-the jacket is a classic hunter green, and her tweed suit has some hints of olive in there. She sticks with the green palette by choosing a neon lime button down for a pop of colour, but keeps things streamlined with a simple tie.
Another thing we’ve noticed about Quek’s look is that accessories are hugely important–especially the dangly earrings–they add a touch of glamour and femininity . If you prefer something less feminine, take the earrings out of the equation and trade them for a tougher-looking stud earring.
Lastly, if you’re trying to incorporate a bunch of colours into your outfit, never doubt the power of a scarf. Quek’s obviously got a lot of yellow going on above, and if she had worn the primary colours on her scarf as a main piece and not an accent, her look would have been way too Crayola-ish. The scarf brings in just enough colour and the look is still colourful without being over-the-top. Fortunately, scarves like this can be found for pretty cheap–second hand stores and thrift stores will no doubt have tons of similar styles for super cheap!
OUR TAKE ON QUEK’S ENVIABLE STYLE
Images of Quek found here and here.