Summer Comes To An End

As i woke up this morning and gazed  out of my window i saw tiny raindrops falling down on the roofs in a shy attempt to let us know that autumn is here. The city is still half asleep, trams are taking their courses clanking lazy on the streets that all of a sudden look different, cabs are waiting silently for the  hasty clients, threatening clouds are crowding to cover the city and there is the almost imperceptible wind, yet strong enough to shake down the dead leafs. I hit my rumbling coffee maker and the familiar sound is music to my ears, nothing like the smell of freshly made coffee in the morning and a delicious full of calories chocolate muffin that im planning to work of at my Pilates course later on, but then again it is weekend, the last summer weekend and i intend to enjoy it as much as i can. As i grab a satisfied bite, put on a casual light cardigan, rain stops and sun invades my house, but  its power is diminished, the light is different and those clouds don’t look like they want to go away. Well, autumn is here alright, nature is showing it and i didn’t realize the change until this particular morning. I’m ok with that. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. For most of us holidays are over, for others they just begin. New York in autumn is the perfect break, is at its best during the cool crisp days of autumn. Nowhere else will you have more fun in autumn, there is so much to look at, even when you are just taking a walk down a residential block, or Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue or Broadway, in a comfortable pair of shoes and simply sightseeing. Besides, the city hosts the most irresistible events and exhibitions now than at any other time of year.

Central Park In Autumn
Central Park In Autumn

Japan also draws a large number of travelers to “famous koyo spots” both in the mountains and in the cities. Each year, starting mid September, the “koyo front” slowly moves from the northern island of Hokkaido until it reaches the lower elevations of central and southern Japan towards the end of November. Some trees around Tokyo and Kyoto stay colorful into early December. The Japanese autumn is what cherry blossoms are to spring.

Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen
Tokyo Autumn
Tokyo Autumn

So it’s not necessarily the end of holidays but a different beginning of a different holiday.

As for the fashion fall season is all about contrast. Ambiguity between masculine and feminine, strength and fragility, opulence and grunge, past and present… These contrasts reflect the multiple facets of the 21st century woman and, above all, celebrate her personal style.

Chloe Fall 2013
Chloe Fall 2013

Navy Blue

Next season navy blue is the new black. Made famous by the British Royal Navy, the dark blue adapted itself into the world of fashion and appears as next winter’s standout color. Wear it head-to-toe, as seen at Céline and Chloé, or as a heavy, men’s coat like those seen at Dries Van Noten and Jil Sander. Also seen at Hermes, Nina Ricci, Calvin Klein.

Celine Fall 2013
Celine Fall 2013

Exotic Furs

The must-have fur coat for next winter comes straight from the wild in-pop colors with disco and grunge flares. As if they were dipped in fluorescent paints and bleached in acid, furs goes two-tone and tricolor, and blacks change to neon yellow and hot pink as brown turns red or green.

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2013
Roberto Cavalli Fall 2013
Fendi Fall 2013
Fendi Fall 2013
Versace Fall 2013
Versace Fall 2013


This wool fabric excels in elegance next season and reinvents itself in various forms. Under the legendary influence of Coco Chanel, who feminized the typically masculine fabric, designers created looks in the carded, flexible material at Chanel, Haider Ackermann and Dolce & Gabbana.

Chanel Fall 2013
Chanel Fall 2013


From red checks, to green, blue and black plaid, this season the clan beckons as everything from the traditional to the modern appeared printed with Scottish tartan. Think grunge at Saint Laurent and masculine at Céline and Stella McCartney for a hint at how designers gave the kilt fabric their own inspirational twist.

Saint Laurent 2013
Saint Laurent 2013

Night Owl

Typically a couture embellishment, the ostrich feather appeared for Fall/Winter 2013-2014 in a ready-to-wear version. Soft and light, it punctuated each silhouette with elegance and grace, adding luxury to gowns and separates alike. Aside from Gucci also seen at Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Vuitton, Proenza Schoulder, Dries Van Noten.

Gucci Fall 2013
Gucci Fall 2013

Leathery heights

As seen at Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Céline, Balmain, H&M and Zadig & Voltaire, leather coated legs in thigh-high boots and slick stockings is one of the essential trends for Fall/Winter 2013 – 2014. Suede folk versions appeared at Emilio Pucci and Balmain, while a smooth leather was like a second skin at Céline, but it was at Chanel where soft leather stuck to legs as a type of stocking tucked into boots, Karl Lagerfeld explained backstage at the Chanel Fall/Winter 2013-2014 show.

Emilio Pucci Fall 2013

Balmain Fall 2013
Balmain Fall 2013


This season, studied dishevellment is back as designers reinvented the non-conformist vibe of the ‘80s grunge scene. Take a hint of punk, add a little rock, mix in some heavy metal and you’ll have the deliberately grungy appeal of the looks that hit the runway. Studded leather, mesh stockings and plaid shirts felt made us feel as if we had stepped into the wardrobes of Courtney Love and Blondie circa 1989, but only with an added couture feel. This fashion revival is the ultimate in laid-back, rebellious style seen also at Vivienne Westwood, Rodarte, Emilio Pucci, Haider Ackermann.

Saint Laurent Fall 2013
Saint Laurent Fall 2013


A reliable, instant pick-me-up, white invites itself into our wardrobes each winter and this year is no exception. It arrives bearing gifts in a soft, reassuring cream tint, as seen at Isabel Marant, Valentino, Céline, Stella McCartney, Elie Saab, Mugler and Nina Ricci.

Valentino Fall 2013
Valentino Fall 2013

Youthful prints

With girly hearts, frivolous stars and even childhood characters like Bambi, designers have certainly made a playful stamp on next season. The youthful trend was contrasted with transparency and patent leather at Burberry Porsum, a grunge charm at Yves Saint Laurent and midnight black at Givenchy. Seen also at Hermes, Lanvin and Kenzo.

Givenchy Fall 2013
Givenchy Fall 2013

Oversized shoulders

Seen at Balenciaga, Gucci, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, Alexander Wang and Kenzo.

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013
Proenza Schouler Fall 2013

Beauty of the day

Fur on bare skin, sheer, lingerie details and vinyl trench coats make up the tarnished wardrobes of the 2013 bourgeoisie. The look brings to mind Catherine Deneuve’s character in the film Beauty of the Day, directed by French filmmaker Luis Buñuel, who captured a time when clothes themselves could embody insatiable desires. Seen at Prada,  Marc Jacobs, Burberry Prorsum, Vuitton, Versace and Saint Laurent.

Prada Fall 2013
Prada Fall 2013


With a retro touch and an air of nonchalance, the feminine-masculine look for next winter seems to have been influenced by Gavroche from Les Misérables. The menswear influences took center stage at many shows for Fall/Winter 2013-2014.At Giorgio Armani blazers without sleeves were worn over velvet high-waisted pants, and at Ralph Lauren Magdalena Frackowiak sported a black cap worn to the side, an oversized blouse under a men’s style vest, and pants tucked into boots. The trend was also seen at Comme des Garçons where a retro suit was folded, pleated and transformed into an homage to the great Anna Piaggi.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2013
Ralph Lauren Fall 2013


Seen at Alexander Wang, Balmain, Emporio Armani, Celine, Vuitton, Anthony Vaccarello.

Alexander Wang Fall 2013
Alexander Wang Fall 2013

Metallic mesh

Seen at Anthony Vaccarello, Chloé and Paco Rabbanne, a medieval trend for next season has developed, featuring armor-inspired mesh pieces. Far from weighing down the look, however, this mesh delicately dresses the chest, hips and legs, hiding parts of the female body, yet subtly revealing others, elusively hinting at nudity.

Anthony Vaccarello Fall 2013
Anthony Vaccarello Fall 2013


1940s icons Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Veronica Lake and Katherine Hepburn were honored in the Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collections, especially those shown in Milan. Honing soft shoulders, nipped waists, rounded hips and lowered necklines, designers emulated the hourglass silhouette on their runways, and proved its eternally seductive power. Seen at Gucci, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Dior, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Prada Fall 2013
Prada Fall 2013

Powder Pink Coats

Seen at Miu Miu, Christian Dior, Carven, Chanel, Mulbery, Nina Ricci and Rodarte.

Miu Miu Fall 2013
Miu Miu Fall 2013


Next winter will see girls stealing their boyfriends’ suits, and quite possibly their fathers’ as well as oversized and pin-striped versions hit the Fall/Winter 2013-2014 runways. While mafia inspirations were seen at Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto, Maison Martin Margiela also picked up the trend with suits reminiscent of the those worn in The Great Gatsby. Also seen at Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren and Emanuel Ungaro.

Stella McCartney Fall 2013
Stella McCartney Fall 2013

Sailor boy

The fashion set pledges itself to the  Marine cause in navy blue and reefer jackets for Fall/Winter 2013-2014, and accessorizes with the iconic Marine uniform cap for those winter months spent island hopping and soaking up some sun on the yacht deck. Seen at Emilio Pucci, Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2013
Ralph Lauren Fall 2013
Emilio Pucci Fall 2013
Emilio Pucci Fall 2013

Hope you all had great, relaxant holidays and wish you an even greater fabulous autumn!!!!



144 Comments Add yours

  1. nikisims62 says:

    Some real WOW moments in this post… beautiful photography! I’ve subscribed!!

  2. dcduell says:

    Some nice variety in the looks here – but definitely some real potential trends-in-waiting (what do I know?) excellent photography!

  3. mariayarri says:

    Absolutely a fantastic post !! … Love it ! // Maria 🙂

  4. Marneymae says:

    thank you for following my blog –
    i really enjoy seeing the Autumn in Kyoto images
    hopefully a place i will get to see in my lifetime
    wishing you all good things

  5. I could just eat your prose; it’s alive and noisy… delicious

  6. arunagee says:

    Aww, your post really has me in the mood for the coziness and beauty of autumn 🙂

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  8. Hi thanks for visiting mine and you have a wonderful blog .

  9. sosoglitter says:

    Ur blog is amazing!

  10. Raluca, What a fab website! You’re so professional & the beauty of it all! Many compliments to you & best wishes for your future. Philip Fontana

  11. Meka says:

    Beautiful blog! I’m glad you found mine so I could follow you back. This is all soooo aesthetically pleasing 😀

  12. Beautiful blog! Great post!
    Thanks for stopping by mine, too!

  13. Gordon says:

    Beautiful pics.

  14. Gordon says:

    I love the picture at the header. Wow.

  15. flymetoyou says:

    I love your photos of central park! I’m actually visiting NY in about 2 weeks. Hopefully the fall colors will still be there. And thank you for following my blog. 🙂 <3

  16. helenhawkes says:

    Beautiful post. Really loved it.

  17. fashmongers says:

    Well written post!

  18. Wow! Fantastic photos – makes you feel almost glad summer is over to see all the new style. Even though it’s November now we are still enjoying Autumn weather here in Ireland – beautiful colors and light.

  19. puregirls1 says:

    Tnx for visitng my Blog.
    Yours is amazing.

  20. ranipauwels says:

    I love autumn! I went to New York last week and you’re right, New York is even more beautiful when it’s autumn. Thanks for following my blog, I like your blog also!

  21. Rebecca says:

    Hi Thanks for the follow on “”. I love the high fashion even if I’ll never wear any of it. 🙂

  22. dalo2013 says:

    Love the photos…nothing like the colors of autumn 🙂

  23. Thanks for following my blog, I just LOVE the fashion photos you’ve shown, brilliant designs that look good compared to some of the awful stuff you see in the mass media. Great stuff!

  24. moirenike says:

    Simply 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍. Thank you for you blog.

  25. I love the autumnal colours and the way in which you moved seamlessly from the landscape to the fashion shots.

  26. I am loving your autumn shots of NYC. I have never been there. Hope to go once I am back on the east coast to visit family/friends. Thanks a lot for checking out my blog. How or what made you decide to get this blog started??

    Thanks again. -Alexander Johnny

  27. anastashion says:

    The photos are great! i really enjoy reading your posts! 😀

  28. Fall is such an inspiration, for fashion as well as food! 🙂

  29. natalie says:

    The sailor looks are my favorites, this is such a lovely post! Everything is just so beautiful.

  30. monicasicoe says:

    summer is gone, that’s true. the autumn images are wonderful, i took some photos with the red or golden trees today. i like cold weather, we can dress in layers 🙂

  31. raecheldawn says:

    Thank you for the follow! I love your description of New York in autumn, I have been to NYC only once but I love it and have been thinking about it so much lately. Enjoy all your adventures!!

  32. Beautiful pictures and those are lovely collections.

  33. Thank you for following my blog.
    My tastes run more conservative than most of these, but I do see a few that I like. One of my characters is a model (‘Jordan’s Justice’, still being written). Your site will be an invaluable resource for her and me.

  34. Cheers for following BuildingMyBento, my travel and food blog, Raluca! If you have any suggestions for topics, let me know.

    Have you visited Dotonbori?

  35. andy1076 says:

    Great fashion and perspectives of the seasons, I love your post! thank you for following me 🙂

  36. Thank you for following my blog. I just got back from Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago and the leaves were beautiful. Your photo of the trees and bridge is great.

  37. ninamishkin says:

    You’re a fashion inspiration! And thanks for following “The Getting Old Blog!”

  38. Thank you for following my blog. If you’ve been reading my posts you’ll know I am against using animals in experiments. I am also against killing animals to use their fur so I hope those exotic furs are not really ‘straight from the wild’. If they are fake furs, that is great. If they are real, they belong on animals, not on humans. Please don’t encourage this on your blog. You have a lot of followers so you could be a huge influence for change in the fashion industry by encouraging people NOT to wear fur. The autumn landscapes are stunning. 🙂

  39. andywardking says:

    Great fashion Blog, I just did a show in NYC, Nov. 21st and you are right – it is beautiful in the Fall.
    And, what are people that wear fur trying to be, Eskimo’s?
    Thanks for following my blog, I signed up to follow you, I guess we are now following each other.

    Take care, Andy

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