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. Svelte says:

    AH, the fashion the beauty of NYC… Can’t wait to get back home to my concrete jungle.

  2. geeklore says:

    Such wonderful colours of autumn…only eyes that can enjoy them could see them in all their glory in nature…and you write so well. And yes, thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. I adore the Chanel piece, she also incorporated a lot of tartan in her early fashion works.

  4. Some of the fashions are striking, no question. But the leaves turning, falling to the ground, exposing tree branches reaching to the sky like skeleton arms sparks that fall/winter feeling in me!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  5. The one looks like a centipede, but I like the rest. 🙂

  6. Madeleine says:

    I see a lot of nudity as if women need to be enticed to show themselves …who will wear this type of clothes except the very rich. What I see in the stores has nothing to do with it. The last year was dismal both in design and material/patterns etc.I have to create my own style mostly.

  7. Kate says:

    Thank you so much for coming by my blog! I am from Long Island – and there is nothing like autumn in NYC. Perfection! 🙂

  8. Very happy to hear that navy is the new black! I love the dramatic and sophisticated effect of black but unfortunately it doesn’t wear well on me…navy I can live with! Thanks for following my blog…enjoyed visiting yours…the photos are stunning!

  9. David Morgan says:

    Meanwhile here (Sydney) summer seems to be starting early!

  10. franceparijs says:

    Lovely Tokyo Autumn colours!

  11. thefolia says:

    Happy New Beginnings!

  12. Swati Singh says:

    wow! great dresses.

  13. butz0705 says:

    Fashion & Autumn… fashion by the season.. love those Fall pics in New York and Tokyo 😉

  14. I love fashion and how you write…I was in New York while reading your first paragraph!

  15. lubkin2013 says:

    Classy fashion site. One of the best I’ve seen! The landscape photos are also superb! Well done!!

  16. bfly30 says:

    Love it!

  17. macingosh says:

    Thank you for following macingosh photography, Raluca. You have got an enormous quantity of brilliant frames here. Hope to see much more in the future. Keep on keepin’ on!

  18. restlessjo says:

    The post seemed endless but there are some amazing images! I was desperate to be in NYC in the Fall, and Kyoto’s a lifelong dream. The oriental lady for Givenchy I love, and in chainmail too. Not even sure where you live as you mentioned trams rattling past? Thank you for visiting my world anyway 🙂

  19. melmannphoto says:

    Nice surprise – fall colors and fashions in the same blog. What an interesting range of visions on clothing – color, texture, pattern. Almost as varied as the trees you show at first.

  20. Heidie Makes says:

    Loving the Autumn images, really beautiful x

  21. AnElephantCant deny that
    The Gods of fashion forgot him
    He has no real style
    But he still likes to smile
    Because he loves your pictures of autumn

  22. shaina simon says:

    I love your fall photos. I grew up in New York and it brings back all my childhood memories to see those beautiful trees. I remember dragging my small feet through the huge piles of leaves and loving the sound that bounced back at me… the sound of free play! Thank you for the memories!!

  23. tickledhoney says:

    I love the last one the most! Black, white and brown <3

  24. Michelle says:

    I’m inspired to visit New York in Autumn now…love your comments on change, people, cities, fashion, friends…!

  25. Really good summary and insight into key fashion elements of the season. Love the reference to Belle de Jour, Louis Bunuel is my favourite director and Catherine Deneuve was so beautiful in this film. It was the film that bought Yves St Laurent to the wider public eye as he designed Miss Deneuve’s wardrobe for the film. It started a lifelong collaboration between the star and the designer.

  26. goldmanrock says:

    Love the all thing you rock that for sure

  27. goldmanrock says:

    Reblogged this on My Blog and commented:
    love it

  28. I am always surprised by “high fashion” and the impracticality of it. I suppose it is more of an art form since 99% of regular people couldn’t wear those styles. However, it’s fun to see. Thanks for the post!

  29. tamaralonso says:

    Sometimes I get lost with the high fashion nowadays. I try to keep up with the magazines and other sources but sometimes doesn’t it seems to be getting crazy? Don’t get me wrong I love fashion, but in your opinion, would you wear the outfits on a normal day? In the other hand I agree that some of them are pieces of art.
    Interesting post however, and the pictures of the autumn are stunning.
    Have a good day

  30. Oh deer! The Givenchy Bambi sweatshirt is going to be hard to find in London now. You have a great eye for trends!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Don’t get me wrong. I know this is 2013. But the runway fashions almost seem like science fiction. Unbelievably beautiful and unique clothes. I guess the future is now.

  32. Kerri says:

    What a great collection of images. The one that stands out for me is the Valentino… love the purity, simplicity and elegance. Fall colors were beautiful, too.

  33. gapmuse says:

    Wow! Your images just inspired my day! Thanks for sharing and for the follow! I look forward to staying connected and reading your blog.

  34. mrsbearfoot says:

    Lovely autumn images and Valentino gets my vote for the fashion offerings.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  35. Md. Alsanda says:

    Thank you for stopping by and the following.

  36. Heidie Makes says:

    Hi!=)I have nominated you in the WordPress Bloggers Family Award, see below post & keep up the great posts!

    1. Hi Heidie! Thank you so much! Have a beautiful sunday!
      Xo Raluca

  37. Avril Cadden says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love yours, I look forward to following. X

  38. dweezer19 says:

    This was the perfect post for me. Lots of photos with just enough information. I love the photo of Japan in Autumn. The layers of color really warm my heart. This is truly my favorite time of year. Thank you for following my blog. I am so glad to have found yours!

  39. thanks for all the beautiful photos, and thanks for following my blog! i’m trying to follow yours, but for some reason my computer won’t let me. please let me know if you have any tips (including fashion-related ones). have a fab-tastic day.

  40. Madeleine says:

    thank you for the follow! love your pics and insight into fashion! 🙂

  41. Love your photos and what a fun post! Thanks for the follow.

  42. cheapisin says:

    Wow, you write so well! I’m Italian and can write rather well in my own language, but my english is so far away from the perfect musicality of yours! I’ll try to learn something reading your posts, I like this one very much. Thank you for the follow, i hope you’ll visit us again. We would be glad to read your advices! XXX Rachele

  43. This is beautiful, your posts are always so inspiring, especially for my ootd posts!
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  44. Monica says:

    Fabulous photos!

  45. Danielle says:

    Awesome blog!!! I love all the photos!!!! It makes me wanna shop!

  46. pollysdolly says:

    This makes me feel like I need to go and buy a whole new closet of clothes now!!! The pictures are so pretty as well, keep up the good work! 🙂

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