Fall Forward

Leandra Medine | August 10, 2012

Not backward, that would be foolish.

In line with yesterday’s subtly enthusiastic salute to fall (see: lambskin and lingerie,) and maybe more prominently the nature of our ambiguous climate (one reader suggested that bi-polar weather is precisely the climate fashion needs to go ahead with its “looks,”) find here a peek at some of the offerings my loins enjoy to watch surface, despite what seems like the perennial sweat drops induced by the barbaric heat, falling from above my lip and even so often into my mouth.

It’s salty and hot, that’s not metaphoric.

From left: Zoe Karssen batman sweater. Sweatshirts will be great with pencil skirts and variations of fancy pants, I just know it. See, in fact: the sheer embroidered, 3.1 Phillip Lim peplum pants at bottom right. Outfit magic, yo.

Stella McCartney multi-colored intarsia sweater, though I’d wait for the inevitable Zara version: a nice dose of color for your otherwise dreary wardrobe. I find that colder months permit less creative license in the color department and not because we’re letting it fuck us. Our sensory glands just seem wired differently. Me thinks that red pencil skirt, just above it at right, will match famously despite not even one single common hue.

I’ve enjoyed watching those R-13 denim/leather hybrid pants sell out on Shopbop almost instantaneously with their initial appearances and it got me thinking, at $675, they’ve got to be providing something delightfully special. Right? On the one hand, an almost entire leather pant, seductively accompanied by a familiar denim hip line. On the other, comfort. And on a circus laden third hand: jodphurs on steroids. Won’t they look sick @$$ with a black and blue plaid shirt from Topshop? This one is womens, but I bet the mens offerings will shit on it.

Back in line with that pencil skirt, which I believe is Valentino but can easily be found at say, J. Crew or Club Monaco, how about the t-shirt at top right? It’s Markus Lupfer and underscores a red sequined ribbon that reads, “#1.”

That to me, is a ranking not even the Olympics could knight.

And finally, in matters of the feet: Chloe motorcycle boots that lend a little leeway to the overtly conspicuous nature of the studded version that continously sells out. They are so cool but just might read even more extensive fashion victim than Isabel Marant sneakers do. The quilted version are more understated and thus perhaps provide more longevity. Where the boots are white and black: Nicholas Kirkwood. They’re the kind of shoes that make you think, “What?” and then upon further inspection something further along the lines of, “hubba, hubba, drool.” Wear with socks, maybe a pencil skirt too. The sunglasses are Moo.

With the 11 items previewed above, I’ve already developed 30 hypothetical outfits. This leads me to suppose that this could make for a really interesting and if executed properly, even cost efficient fall-wardrobe challenge. What do you think?

  • Natali Karppinen

    Those boots and red pencil skirt – drool!!


  • Liz

    love the boots!! 


  • Belén cavas

    I want to feel cool right now.

    Happy friday


  • http://Style-Chameleon.blogspot.com/ Sharon

    I love the bat jumper!





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  • Beth Addis

    I would love the flannel and the sweater worn together with a leather pencil skirt for Fall/Winter!!!  xx,  Pip


  • marinacasapu

    I never thought I would say that but I can’t wait for the autumn! and I need the Chloé boots! 

  • Lubricious79
  • http://www.miriamshoeinshoes.blogspot.com/ Miriam

    I seriously read this five times before catching tose last three word revealing where the sunnies were from, which was all I wanted to know! 

  • Maryse

    j’adore le pantalon cuir et jean !! 

  • Leslie

    taylor has always had it right with the skirt/sweatshirt / sneakers!!! trend http://thefashionmedley.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/15d421135217eceb_ichat_image_1292477259_-preview.jpeg

  • Mary-Alice Bowman

    Wow – there is absolutely nothing on that list I find enticing! And that just might be because I don’t fall under the ‘man-repeller’ category of fashion interest. 🙂 

    If you can rock it, go on witcha bad self!

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  • fpepper

    Haha, I hope Zara doesn’t let us down – that Stella McCartney jumper is gorgeous! Felicity x


  • http://twitter.com/sketch42blog Nicole Cohen

    I think its still too soon. Cant. Look. At. This. Thats all. 

  • VotreAmie

    Love both sweaters and them shades in a fierce kinda way!

  • http://www.modelovers.com/ Tanja

    sh*t, those black and white babies are awesome!!!!want!


  • Fashionablecollections

    LOVE the batman sweater.


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  • Isabelle

    those r13 pants…obsessed.

  • NG

    ahhh shoppping. MR, you rock.

  • abigail lind

    those peplum pants look they were made with a rhinestone etch a sketch in the best way.  love your collages!


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  • Cristián Pavez Díaz

    The Batman sweater is insane. Great selection.
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.

    Twitter: @cristianpavezd
    Facebook: http://on.fb.me/uywe6X

  • http://nicola-lynde.blogspot.dk/ nicola lynde

    Those boots are fall perfection. Paired with tights the pencil skirt and an oversized sweater would equal complete outfit satisfaction for me. 

  • http://www.manupstyle.com/ Jamie

    Shade is ALL up on your sweatshirt (please get this Kenneth Oppel reference – early-teen me will undoubtedly  be fangirling somewhere). I also recently blogged about sweatshirts. Sweat is totes the new black. 

  • http://starlightsworld.blogspot.com/ Andrea

    i love those sunnies!

  • MKP

    Perfect as per

    .. except the Zoe Karssen sweater might lead to some unfortunate incidents involving old women with stolen handbags expecting you to bust out of the batmobile and get their pill boxes back


  • monkeyshines

    fabulous pieces!


  • Nataliechristina
  • http://twitter.com/YayaGagaFashion Messamet serdane

    Love the last pants ! 


  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    Those Nicholas Kirkwood boots are so great! Want want want!!


  • Helenachraime

    Love the batman sweatshirt. I made a batman wallet for my fall collection too!

  • Irma Laliashvili

    Your blog is fabulous! 🙂

    I just started this amazing blog and its going to change your life! http://theconfashionist.blogspot.com 

  • Guest

    such colorful clothing decrips!!!

  • The Provoker

     loving the moo sunnies and phillip lim embroidered peplum trousers.

    xx nathan.niche


  • Seekingstyleblog

    Great pieces!
    xo Jenniferhttp://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Kate

    I love the Zoe Karssen sweater, at my next Net-a-Porter binge, I will definitely buy it.:) great selection of pieces, as always and I love that you suggest outfit options !
    xx Kate 


  • http://www.luxessed.com/ Anoushka

    Love the Batman sweater. 

  • Cassandra Too
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  • http://twitter.com/Usman_Alone Usman

     boots are great and helpful for fashion and look inspirations

  • http://twitter.com/matchalattewdrb Raphaëlle Lavielle

    I’ll need to digest this overwhelming fall wardrobe that tried to send me straight a month ahead and it’s good you’re starting in advance cause there’s a lot to process above.


  • http://www.darkbluestripes.com/ Dark Blue Stripes

    Love that Zoe Karssen bat sweater! It can be styled so many different ways. Great fall picks. 

    Christie x


  • Isoara

    N Kirkwood is the next season star for shoes. From day to night he has created an amazing super stylish collection http://www.why-dont-you.com/

  • bambam

    the phillip lim would match so well with Chanel Shanghai maze dress;-))

  • http://twitter.com/Anthea__T Anthea

    Have to get me some plaid! Love the Batman shirt 😉

  • http://profiles.google.com/e.notcry Eileen Wang

    wow you are a genius!

  • http://www.lebenslustiger.com/ lebenslustiger

    bat forever! 

  • Umblogfashion

    This jeans are so fabulous :)))



  • Thestyleengineer

    love the glasses! http://lestyleengineer.blogspot.com/

  • christianeeny

    cute post.

    it is appreciated if you take time to visit my blog and follow me :)christian | my blog : http://www.christianyuen.blogspot.com 

  • Annie Markantonatou

    love the stella sweater!


  • http://profiles.google.com/alexa.curtis Alexa Curtis

    Can not believe fall is so damn close. These items remind me of Halloween though LOL.


  • http://profiles.google.com/juleskills Julie Hardee

    I am taking this and creating a Pinterest board:  Flannel, gray jeans, booties. 

    I’m set. 

  • http://twitter.com/pinkwedges10 Sheyla Concepción

    I agree with you on the last paragraph. There’s great mix and match potential with the 11 items you presented. Great post as always. Take care.

  • venicakalambay

    We’ve Been Having Bi-polar Weather For Mooonths In London, But I Never Put My Shorts Away!

  • ml

    fell in love with the chloe boots yesterday while i dreamt of winning the motilo contest. a-mazing!

  • Hannahx

    LOLL,there is always a Zara version.

  • Trendsurvivor

    I am not ready for fall forward,  I just want your Moo sunglasses! 

  • Alyssa Tomasic

    Loving the Stella sweater! Though, I might have to wait for the Zara version; it is the only option I have with my $7.50 minimum wage, part time, high school job!

  • Laura

    i would totes wear all of this its like u read my mind

  • Pauline

    Off topic again,
    You remember your “innerwear as outerwear” thing ? Well, today I bought bedroom slippers. 
    At first, when I saw the Del-Toro x ManRepeller shoes, I was like “No. No, Nein, Non, It’s cute but you can’t wear this if you’re not a cool new-yorker who was born on the upper-east-side” (don’t ask me why i thought that).
    Time went by, and I get used to them. Last week, I started to like them. Yesterday, I adored them.
    I bought these : 
    because they are furry and dalmatian. 
    I wish I’d bought the Del Toro ones, but my parents can see my credit-card purchases and they are not supporting the “spending money on fashion shit” AT ALL.

    So yeah, I have bedroom slippers. Because of you LEANDRA ! And I LIKE IT !

    PS : the first expensive thing I’ll buy when my parents will stop watching me are your boots from Sixblogger. DAMN YOU LEANDEVIL !

    -One of your crazy readers-

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  • http://www.facebook.com/slynncheung Stephanie Cheung

    Fall Forward indeed! The peacock sweater is gorgeous! 

    blog.shopzaozao.com || “behind the scenes of a fashion-tech startup”

  • Fkxoxo

    the skirt and the glasses are awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/iamstyleeye StyleEye

    Give this gal a red shift skirt and bat wings and I’m ready for anything! Fab curation!! xxx -@iamstyleeye:disqus 

  • http://www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com/ Little Red Book

    Sweatshirts & pencil skirts. You’ve inspired half of my fall/winter wardrobe. 🙂


  • Sheena

    I think the dip dyed jeans deserved a placing here as well! Definitely would rather the less blinged out brother of the chloe boot xx


  • Eleanor Gerhard

    You should bat-ter up and go all Batman this Halloween. Just for the sweater.

  • safa

    the sunglasses-cool !

  • Allison

     love marcus lupfer’s designs!!! your blog is fab, i love your individual style! I get my inspiration from your blog and http://www.amazine.com! i recently created this collage for A/W 2012 http://www.amazine.com/story/774586
    let me know what you think!! 😀

  • Brookewise0118

    love the flannel and leather!! just blogged about those same kirkwood heels, all of his are so amazeballs right now its painful. check it out on my blog, love your stuff!!


  • http://twitter.com/MintJulep87 Holly Kern

    Love it! So ready for fall and this board definitely gives me some shopping inspiration. Can’t wait to put on a  tight pencil skirt like you have a above with one of those over-sized, vintage sweatshirts. Yay!
    Holly- http://www.mintjulep87.tumblr.com

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  • Delallanap

    r13 leather denim are amazing! i alway get compliments when wearing them. i love wearing them with a simple tee and it adds a little funk to an outfit on my simple days.  contrast with denim with leather is genius. 🙂 the only flaw is that the seam that connects the leather and denim can be very uncomfortable.  

  • Katharine Gettel

    I die for those jeans/leather pants!!! Must have- my boyfriend would have to agree! 🙂

  • Christina

    Those denim/leather hybrid pants are amazing. Depending on the shoe, they could even trick your eye into thinking they’re hip-high leather boots

    Christina, bohemianwild.blogspot.com

  • Hannah

    🙂 So new!