“FALL” in Love With Fashion | Robin Finnell

LoudounJulAug2015_Page_18In spite of the heat and humidity, like all fashion houses, Doncaster’s Fall 2015 collection is already on display in the Tysons Corner showroom. I love wearing my summer clothes and sandals, yet when the cold weather comes, many of us want to be ready with a fresh new look! I just came back from Dallas for the Doncaster FAB Forum where the new collection “rocked the runway” and those of us who bring it to you! So what secrets do I have to share about this gorgeous new collection?

Our take on the Pantone color of the year “Marsala,” is reflected in what we are calling Antique Ruby.

  • Beautiful.
  • Savory.
  • Strong.
  • Sexy!

It is a rich color – BOLD enough to replace your black and you will be noticed as the one “with fashion know-how.” Other NEW hues for fall include Peony, everyone’s favorite go to fuchsia, Celedon the perfect fall light green, Flame and Carmine for red lovers everywhere, Olive a deep hue, Light and Dark Chocolate, and Terracotta for you redheads and blondes, and Blue Bird a beautiful bright color for everyone. As always we have our neutrals: Winter White, Black, and Heather Charcoal. Black and White is ALWAYS a best seller!!! With Antique Ruby, Carmine and Flame, Doncaster has a red for everyone!

Doncaster Fall takes you to Venice, Manchester, Prague and Paris (hot cities to visit) with each city inspiring one of the four groups within the entire collection.

Trends of the season include:

  • Patterned and Textured jacquards.
  • Soft prints and palettes – a continuation of spring where all contemporary designers had silks in their collections.
  • Couture Sport – bringing athletic wear into ready-to-wear.
  • Recurring themes in all 4 collections – flower prints in Venice, abstract houndstooth in Manchester, abstract reptile in Prague, irregular check and maze prints in Paris.
  • A focus on novelty jacquard (a fabric of intricate variegated weave or pattern generally in the same colorway) jeans and trousers.
  • Capes and ponchos – fun and flirty.
  • Lace – for the romantic in all of us.

LoudounJulAug2015_Page_19With rich colors, luxury fabrics and glamorous styles, the Doncaster Fall 2015 Collection will have you looking on trend and fabulous when the air turns cold. For your personal appointment contact Robin Finnell.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bra Straps, Wearing White When? Patent for all Seasons, and To Sleeve or not to Sleeve
Q: I am always bothered when my bra straps stick out of my sleeveless dresses and blouses, and racer back bras don’t work for me. What can I do?

A: Many higher end items come with what is referred to as lingerie straps. These are snaps attached to a chain stitched thread that keep your bra straps hidden in place under the shoulder sections of your dress and blouse. Our expert seamstress is available to help by appointment in our studio.

Q: The old adage you can only wear white between Memorial Day and Labor Day seems to have gone by the wayside. What are the new rules?

A: Good news ladies, there are no rules. WWD (formerly known as Women’s Wear Daily) indicated wearing white was perfectly acceptable when the
weather was warm. Since then even those guidelines no longer hold true. Now white is acceptable year round with white jeans as the hot ticket. One might look out of place wearing a white cotton summer dress and matching pumps in the winter, yet even that is a statement! Doncaster’s new white pant silhouette is FABULOUS!

Q: To patent or not to patent… Another age old tradition was one could only wear patent leather shoes in summer. Is this still true?

A: Shoe rules have also changed dramatically in the last several years. Patent leather and fabric shoes (normally worn for evening events only) and boots have become daytime and year around favorites. Shoes boast floral patterns, plaids, tweeds, animal prints and mixed media. We are now
wearing cutout gladiator boots in the summer and peep toe boots in the winter. You have the freedom to create your look, your way!

Discussion Question: First Lady Michelle Obama has given women the freedom to wear sleeveless dresses and blouses for any occasion. Is it appropriate to show your arms when conducting business?

My thoughts: Everyone’s business is different and one must make their decision. About 65% of people are visual learners, which means they are best at collecting information with their eyes. Because they are taking information in with their eyes, they may be more easily distracted. Covering your arms during a business discussion can be a way of lowering the risk of distracting those you conduct business with. Also taking into consideration
your profession and your audience can be helpful in deciding whether to bare your arms.

“People are going to stare, make it worth their while” – Harry Winston.

Make it a LOOK, not a distraction!

Robin Finnell
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