Top 5 fall fashion trends from Belk fashion director – The Tennessean
Arlene Goldstein, vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction for Belk, was in Nashville Wednesday night to offer her top fashion trends for fall 2014.
Goldstein, who is a voice of reason in the sometimes crazy fashion world, travels around the United States and Europe following trends and then distills them for the “sophisticated Southern” woman.
Here’s her take on what is trending for fall:
• A menswear mash-up. Women are borrowing glen plaid, pinstripe and a more masculine sartorial spin, but always mixed with a touch of feminine.
• Leather, moto jackets and edgy elements juxtaposed with dresses and pencil skirts. Goldstein calls the trend “Rebel Rebel,” and says the leather and pleather craze of last season continues to have legs into 2014 and 2015.
• Structural pieces that, at first glance, read almost spartan and simple. Goldstein says this sophisticated trend will appeal to fashion lovers who are tired of crazy fashion and crave style that is elegant. She dubs the trend “Complex Simplicity.”
• Wine, gray and camel. These muted color trends will move brighter, more in-your-face colors off the runway. Goldstein believes that these return-to-nature hues will trend into fall 2015, too.
• New silhouettes that suggest rather than flaunt. A flowing pant with a decidedly Katharine Hepburn, 1940s feel or the still-hot track pant are fresh and modern. Longer skirts, mid-calf, also are on the horizon, though Goldstein says shorter skirts will never totally go away.