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Thirty-one days, dozens of shows, and five—or more—flights make up fashion month, and Saks Fifth Avenue's Fashion Director, Roopal Patel, is there to see it all (and decide what goes into Saks Fifth Avenue stores around the country). From Instagram accounts to inspirational travel, Patel looks at multiple outlets to decide justwhatis worth investing in each season. “Travel, modern day culture, and art inspire me,” she says. “I look to the streets and everyday activity to see how fashion can translate into daily life. I was recently in Cartagena and was so inspired by the architecture, color, sounds, and flavor of the city. All of these elements help shape some of the direction and translation of trends at Saks.” But how to wear them? For Spring 2019, Patel selected three pieces that are trulyà la mode,and styled them for three different occasions.
“Trench coats are no longer just for rainy days! This season we saw a focus on the waist and trench dressing. It really is a great go-to piece during these transitional months, and it's an iconic fashion piece. Khaite's trench coat is a chic take on the classic silhouette, and the brand has become a must for everyday, luxe essentials."
Khaite trench, ,690
“The spring season is all about about getting dressed up. For evening, the trench coat becomes a chic layering piece over a cocktail dress and sparkly accessories. Rosie Assoulin's dress is dreamy in shimmered tulle: just the right amount of sparkle and sheer. I always like adding a bit of novelty with a bejeweled handbag and shoe."
Rosie Assoulin dress, ,595, ; Alexander Wang bag, 5,
“We saw so many novelty versions of the trench on the Spring runways: classic, colored, checked, and fringe. I like adding pops of color and pattern underneath for a little whimsy. This Jacquemus marigold skirt is an unexpected pop of color with the contrast of the graphic black and white stripes."
Calvin Klein top, ,200, ; Jacquemus skirt, 0, ; Gianvito Rossi boots, ,195,
“We saw layers-on-layers on the runways for Spring. I like the idea of the trench thrown on over layered patterns and jeans for a easy look.”
Ben Taverniti Unravel Project shirt, 5, ; Ganni jacket, 5, ; The Row jeans, 0, saks.com; Gucci shoes, 0, ; Loewe bag, ,290,
“Luxe leisure has been trending on the runways, and designers have great options to bring an elevated, casual piece—like this jacket—into everyday dressing. The track jacket is very versatile: Pair it back with tailored pants, pleated skirts, or printed dresses—you can dress it up or down!”
Valentino jacket, ,980
“There have been so many sport and athleisure references on the runway, and we're all replacing our denim jackets with the track jacket and layering everything. It's nice to dress up this casual jacket with a printed dress or skirt—I like mixing and matching with a printed dress or skirt. The polka dot print is fun and whimsical and can be treated as a neutral print."
Ganni wrap dress, 0, ; Carolina Santo Domingo handbag, 5,
"There's something special about pairing a track jacket with something colorful, especially when it's striped. The over-the-top glamour of these pants and skirt—plus the vibrant hues—take a track jacket from courtside to night out."
Off-White long-sleeve top, 5, ; Monse track pants, ,150, ; Valentino tee, 0, ; Alice + Olivia pleated skirt, 0, ; Aquazzura sneakers, 5,
“We always think of sequins, shine, and embellishment for evening, but I love this matte silver sequin skirt from Sacai for day. It feels a little less precious and evening when paired it's paired with classics."
Sacai skirt, ,180
"I love a stripe knit and wear it like a white t-shirt. It's a basic that can be paired back with everything! It looks playful and easy with the sequined skirt here.
The play of leathers and sequins is a bit unexpected. I like the edge of the leather jacket mixed with this feminine sequin skirt. Its tough-girl chic.
These days, we are all on the go and need a little versatility for day to evening. We saw luxe activewear on the runways this season, and a chic white parka is a versatile investment piece.
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