Fall 2013 Market

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2013 Geometric Leather Dress

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2013 Geometric Leather Dress

Ann,

Great to be with you this week in LA at the Spring 14 Textile market! Honestly, I don’t know what season I’m living in these days having jumped from actual Winter 2013 in DC (wearing Fall 2012 designs) to seeing the Fall ’13 Collections in New York earlier this week, to then going to warmer weather in Los Angeles, where we chose material for our Julia Farr Collection that will debut a year from now. I had to keep checking my calendar to get my bearings.

What you missed in New York were the best collections I’ve seen in a few seasons from designers who seem to be inspired anew for Fall ’13.  From the collections we saw at Coterie at the Javits Center, I thought Catherine Malandrino, Raoul, White + Warren and Susana Monaco went back to their design roots creating collections that were chic, current and very wearable.  Small made in America designers like Sara Campbell and Amy Matto also came back with their best silhouettes that have earned them significant followings.

Our Julia Farr team with Amy Matto design and sales team at market

Our Julia Farr team with Amy Matto design and sales team at market

So here’s my quick take on Fall market:

What I saw in every collection: Peplum tops and skirts. Leather detail and full leather dresses, coats and tops.

Catherine Malandrino woven leather top with ponte knit back. Very cool!

Catherine Malandrino woven leather top with ponte knit back. Very cool!

Fur embellishment is still strong, as are full-fur designs.

Raoul fur long vest worn by our fabulous sales rep, Georgia Wardlaw

Raoul fur long vest worn by our fabulous sales rep, Georgia Wardlaw

Skirt lengths are hitting mid-knee, with the maxi-look fading away.

Catherine Malandrino Burgundy Knee Length Knit Dress

Catherine Malandrino Burgundy Knee Length Knit Dress

Colors: Black and more black with a little black thrown in. So hold onto your black.

Catherine Malandrino Black Label Peplum Top with Ponte Fitted Pants

Catherine Malandrino Black Label Peplum Top with Ponte Fitted Pants

Also here, there and everywhere were grey, burgundy, purples, deep oranges and some reds.  Navy was present in most collections in coats, dresses, in wool, silk and knits. Holding over from Spring ’13 is black and white together again.

Camel, Burgundy and Blackfrom Raoul

Camel, Burgundy and Black
from Raoul

Reds from Lafayette 148 New York

Reds from Lafayette 148 New York

And more shades of camel, burgundy, and of course, black, from Catherine Malandrino

And more shades of camel, burgundy, and of course, black, from Catherine Malandrino

Boucle wool is everywhere in skirts, dresses, and fitted jackets.  Did I mention printed velvet?

Print Velvet Blazer from Raoul.  A personal favorite.

Print Velvet Blazer from Raoul. A personal favorite.

If I could have run out the door with anything it would have been the elongated fur vest from Raoul, the camel laser cut coat from Catherine Malandrino (photos above), a plethora of cashmere travel wraps from White + Warren in a host of bright, beautiful colors…

WWTravelWraps

And maybe a handbag from Raoul–

Raoul Fall 2013 Well-Structured Handbags

Raoul Fall 2013 Well-Structured Handbags

Looking forward to writing all the Fall 2013 orders for Julia Farr that will arrive in-boutique in July, August and September — and then remembering what day it is today.

At Market -- Not sure what date, season or time zone.

At Market — Not sure what date, season or time zone.

–Julie

Photos by Julie, Shanlee and Mary Joyce all from Julia Farr, LLC.  

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