Hot Off The Runway

Looks for Fall 2015, fresh from New York Fashion Week.

By Cheryl Bemis

Looks for Fall 2015, fresh from New York Fashion Week.


The anticipation of attending New York Fashion week in February is twofold for me. I get excited on one hand to see the new Fall 2015 collections, and it is fun to reconnect with my photography friends from throughout the world. And if I can dodge Mother Nature’s snowy wrath to arrive safely in New York City, well, that is just an added bonus. This trip, arrivals and departures were uneventful, however this Fashion Week was recorded as one of the coldest I have ever experienced, and this is my sixth year.

Despite the weather, a few fun and interesting things happened. One such interesting item was a University of Texas student studying from Australia, Chloe, who sat next to me on the airplane and to whom I extended a ticket to enjoy a show. And what are the odds of having Stephanie from Westlake High School sit next to me at the Westminster Dog Show? Then I ran into Austinites Venus Strawn and Katrine Formby in the tents after the Pamella Roland show. And what fun it was to capture some great shots of celebrity Jeannie Mai from day- time show The Real. She posted the pictures on her Instagram feed of more than 300,000 followers! What are the odds?

At the end of the runway, there were several strong trends I saw through my camera lens, some I loved and others I’ll just leave as a memory. Check out which ones you’ll love and wear once the chill in the air returns in Austin.



I am happy to report that black is still a staple shown in all the collections, but gray is the new black, and was paired with several popular shades, from mustard yellow (Pantone’s Oak Bluff ) to military green (Pantone’s Dried Herb) and a hot fall trend, metallics. My personal favorite is a deep turquoise (Pantone’s Biscay Bay), and the purple jewel tone called amethyst orchid seen at Son Jung Wan and Lela Rose. A soft cashmere rose will be a quiet and subtle accent for Fall 2015, or select the color of the year, Marsala. Good news: The black, red and gray combo is an amazing color trio for Fall 2015.


Pick gold, pewter, bronze or any metallic of your choice, and you’ll rock it for Fall 2015. From casual accents to full red-carpet gowns, the over-the-top opulence is reminiscent of the Dynasty days, and you could use a disco ball for an accessory. My personal favorite gold gown was a Monique Lhuillier dress that looked like a painted-on, geometric, metallic work of art.


You’ve seen this trend for a couple of seasons, but designers couldn’t leave well enough alone, having to jack with something so simple and pretty and make it bigger and bolder, bedazzling it with sequins, pearls, glitter and shine. Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka and Naeem Khan created some very opulent looks, but Acra’s collection took her gypsy inspiration over the top, and the pieces looked more like a costume collection rather than ready-to-wear.

Makeup and Hair:

Lead makeup artists had some fun with a new trend for Fall 2015. While smoky and thick cat eyes were seen on many of the models, there was one trend that took the smudge down to the lower lashes at Mara Hoffman and Nicole Miller, creating that “I forgot to take my makeup off before bed” look. Natural, fresh faces are also in, but don’t feel bad if this trend isn’t for you. Red is the lip color for Fall 2015, so pick out your favorite shade now. I love following the hair trends at Fashion Week. Messy up-dos were my favorites, with effortless locks at Badgley Mischka and Pamella Roland. Slicked-back, wet-styled hair in a clean geometric bun was the rage at Son Jung Wan. Severe parts and glossy shine were seen at several collections, along with a beautiful chignon shown at Naeem Khan.


The most popular trend shown on the runway was over-the-knee boots. Street stylers were all over this to stay stylishly warm during the shows. These boots are the perfect accents to pair with many fall looks. Gray suede over-the-knee boots will put you on the best-dressed list come fall.

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