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Color me Beautiful

Nothing is more mood-elevating than a fashion-forward holiday outfit in the season’s best hues.

Holidays: Time to splurge, and to reinvent with new resolves. Time to celebrate, not just for you but also savvy retailers hoping to cash in on our whims. More importantly, it’s time to wow –.
Speaking of wow, a little knowledge goes a long way.
Fashion stylists swear by the rules. Wearing the right color can turn heads.
Color can also lift moods – so if meditating is not on the schedule,….there are other means to the same end. Not magic, science!

Nothing is more mood-elevating than a fashion-forward holiday outfit in the season’s best hues and who can best advise you what to buy than fashion executives at Bloomingdale’s chic NY store.
I sat down with Erica Russo, Fashion Director, Accessories and Cosmetics, who started in an executive training program and climbed the ranks as a buyer, and Brooke Jaffe, Fashion Director on Women’s Ready-to-Wear and formerly assistant accessories editor at Vogue, for some tips on what to wear.
Following the runways of Milan, Paris, and NY for inspiration, Brooke and Erica gave great advice.

What will be fashion-forward this holiday season for women of all ages? What colors will be hot?

Brooke: This holiday I love “tuxedo dressing.” I love dressy denim with a tuxedo stripe down the side.
It’s a festive way to wear jeans that you can dress up with a dressy top.
My favorite is the tie-neck blouse. I also love black-and-white jumpsuits as an update to the all-black of past seasons. I urge women to incorporate a jumpsuit into their wardrobe. It’s a great, fun going-out look.

Accessories seem to be very vibrant and interesting this season. Can you recommend styles and colors for the holidays?

Erica: Red in all shades – from Burgundy to Bright Red – and metallics are prominent in accessories this season.
While somewhat traditional for holiday, these colors have been reimagined in modern silhouettes, like a jeweled metallic slip-on mule or a red-studded minaudiere.

Suggest a holiday “out on the town” look for women in their 20s and 30s and for more mature women…

Brooke: For 20s/30s, a beaded mini dress. I love the holiday looks that PARKER is offering!
For 40s/50s – a dressy top and tuxedo denim or pant is stunning.

Have fun with an accessory that lets your personal style shine through.

What accessories and make-up would you add?

Erica: For 20s/30s, playing with a bright clutch or bold statement evening shoe in a pop of color is great.
Have fun with an accessory that lets your personal style shine through.
For mature women, don’t underestimate how sophisticated and festive a flat shoe or low heel can be. Designers from Tory Burch to Miu Miu are offering comfortable, chic alternatives like embroidered ballets or jeweled heel city sandals for evening wear.
For glamorous holiday make-up, focus on the eye or lip as the one stand-out feature. Experiment with this season’s bronzed smoky eye or bold lip in a deep matte Bordeaux color.

Holiday is a time of festivity. How is this reflected in colors designers are showing and how does that affect our moods?

Brooke: Color certainly can affect our mood. I am a big believer that when you try something on it should “light you up” which is why I love winter white and embellishment.
There’s a great deal being offered this season in sweaters that capture that holiday sparkle.

The holiday mood is sexy but sophisticated. Look for winter whites, metallics, ballet pinks, and black and white combinations.

What will be the color, mood, and outfit of the moment this season …the biggest seasonal surprise?

Brooke: The holiday mood is sexy but sophisticated. Look for winter whites, metallics, ballet pinks, and black and white combinations.
Don’t be afraid of embellishment and detail on clothing.
Erica: Embellishment and shine are hot this holiday. From a metallic clutch to an embroidered crystal flat or jewel-encrusted statement cuff, updating your holiday wardrobe has never been easier.

Which American and international designers are trend-setting and doing something fresh for holiday? Who should we watch?

Erica: My favorite designers who really show fresh perspectives are Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Dior.
Mr. Handbags is a new, up-and-coming brand Bloomingdale’s is launching. I’m also really excited about heritage brand, Etienne Aigner, which has a totally new and exciting creative direction.

Be confident you now have the best information – and soon enough, the best outfit – to look and feel your holiday best!

Left image: Brooke Jaffe:  Fashion Director on Women’s Ready-to-Wearat Bloomingdale’s.

Right image: Erica Russo: VP, Fashion Director of Accessories at Bloomingdale’s .

 

Lisa Stahl

Lisa Stahl, a native New Yorker, has authored many articles that graced the cover pages of magazines and websites. She’s the author of two distance-learning courses on fashion and contributed substantial research and content on politics and foreign policy to three books by a political analyst and adviser to Hillary Clinton.  Lisa’s achievements include an MA in English with honors from Columbia University.
She also studied piano at Juilliard.

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