NYFW Fall Preview

Austin-friendly trends from the New York runways.

Planning my bi-annual trip to New York Fashion Week in February can sometimes be unpredictable, mostly due to the weather. Thankfully, I just missed the winter weather story of the season by flying in the day before the huge nor’easter called Nemo hit the East Coast. The snow, sleet and black abyss puddles didn’t add a delay to any of the fashion shows. In fact, the fall 2013 fashions seemed to feel right at home because of the brutal wind, cold and snow. The weather did clear up and, like in Texas, it was gone in a day or so and everything was back to normal. The short fall season for Austin can sometimes make it a challenge to actually enjoy a head-to-toe fall look, so I have put together this top trend list of must-haves that are Austin-friendly for our fall.

Matching jackets and dresses

If you noticed during the inauguration, Jill Biden and Michelle Obama both wore what I like to call a take on the opera-style jacket. Wear it over a casual pair of pants or take the plunge and get one that matches your dress. Think modern madmen style but updated. The good news is that these jackets are the perfect answer to looking fashionable when there is an Austin chill in the air.  

Pop of color

Each season, there are one or two colors that do pop. For fall, the hot magenta and pink palettes will be your perfect pick-me-up answer to your fall wardrobe. Not too difficult for color-loving Texans.  


Every season, you hear a certain color is the new black. Well, I will make it easy: Black is the new black. Surprised? I was wondering after the third or fourth collection down the runway if it was going to be an all-black collection from every designer. Take all your black pieces, mix them up with tons of different textures, shine and interest, and it will put you right on trend for fall. Good news, the hot spring black-and-white trend is moving right in to fall.  


This trend mixes all the metals, copper, gold, bronze, pewter and more. Be careful not to pair it all together, but add a few touches for a mix of sparkle and shine.  

Updo hairstyles

While the natural look is here to stay, there is a time and place for a fun retro updo. At Carolina Herrera and Venexiana, the 1940s victory-roll look walked the runway, and at Naeem Khan, side waves with a tight twisted bun accented an opulent collection for fall. Red-carpet looks have sparkle; they are elegant. Combine both looks and you look like a modern Hollywood starlet.

Text and photos by Cheryl Bemis, founder of fashionablyaustin.com