September

September
Friday, September, 10, 2010 While the calendar year officially starts with January, there's something about September that feels like an exciting new beginning too. In addition to ushering in that electric back-to-school sensation, September also serves as the official host month for one of the cognescenti's biggest parades (otherwise known as New York Fashion Week) and the start of fallÂ--our favorite fashion season. In honor of turning over a new sartorial leaf, today we have six new style stalkees from whom you can harvest loads of inspiration. Whether it's an exciting interpretation of the new calf-grazing silhouette, the incorporation of au courant leopard accents, or the flawless balance of a floaty caftan with autumnal shoes, these trendsetting ladies are here to help us greet a welcome weather change! So without further ado, we invite you to play in the layers, lace, and lively accessories as we bring you this month's installment of Style Stalker.

A nude and black palette is an on-trend choice for fall.
Seen at such influential houses as Chloe and Celine, as well as edgier labels like The Row, the minimalist trend is definitely one to watch this fall. Thus we were delighted when Emily, 27, from Beverly Hills, showed us how to make this pared-down aesthetic work for everyday wear. Her selection of a neutral palette and clean lines lends a sophisticated air to her ensemble, while the incorporation of statement accessories truly makes it her own. To duplicate Emily's refined look, start by investing in the perfect black t-shirt like Alexander Wang's Classic Pocket Tee ($97), then try out fall's longer hemline with Charlotte Ronson's Pleated Long Skirt ($250). Polish off your ensemble with your favorite wedges and a killer statement necklace like Fallon Jewelry's Crystal Lariat Necklace ($178), or Forever 21's Knotted Necklace ($8) for a more wallet-friendly alternative, and you'll have mastered Emily's brand of understated chic!

Lace-up booties are the ideal transitional footwear pick.
A difficultÂ--yet excitingÂ--part of venturing into transitional weather is that you get to invest in new shoes. One thing is for certain: you're not quite ready for a full-on boot, but you're decidedly finished with your open-toe footwear. So we were excited when we came across Jen, 25, from Los Angeles, who grounded her tomboyish look with lace-up wedge booties that are spot-on for fall. We appreciate how her white-on-pink outfit remains summery and bright, while her fancy feet indicate she's ready for a seasonal change! To snag Jen's cool-kid style for yourself, pair your favorite white tank with Current/Elliott's Skinny Pink Destroy Jeans ($195) and slip on a snazzy gray vest like Autumn Cashmere's Open Back Halter Vest ($99) in Rock or Old Navy's Linen-Blend Open-Front Vest ($23). Finally, lace up either Kelsi Dagger's Fortune Ankle Boots ($105) or Sam Edelman's Effie Ankle Boots ($130) in Graphite for that added kick!

Ladylike accents add intrigue to a full circle skirt.
The fall runwaysÂ-think Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, and Marc JacobsÂ--brought us an abundance of ladylike looks, but pulling off this nouveau silhouette can sometimes seem daunting. Luckily, Roz, 15, from the UK, gives us a spot-on way to style this new trend. We love how she paired her pleated mid-calf skirt with sparkly mary-janes, and added a few cheeky touches in the form of wrist-length gloves and a refined, vintage purse. Recreate Roz's trendsetting outfit by opting for a demure bottom like Ever's Steens Pleated Skirt ($145) and some fifties-inspired footwear like Marc Jacobs' Retro Styled Mary Janes ($705). Then finalize your ensemble with a kitschy accessory of your choice. We like Nordstrom's Keyhole Leather Gloves ($88) with their adorable bow detailing, as they will add a perfect dash of panache to a cocktail dress!

A bright bag + jewelry looks festive with a classic blouse.
When we ran across Frida, 27, from Sweden and her off-duty style, we were immediately impressed. We adore how she personalized one of our favorite go-to ensemblesÂ--vintage cutoffs and a silky button-downÂ--with fun, brightly colored accessories. To snag Frida's polished-meets-laid-back chic, start with the basics! Equipment is one of our favorite purveyors of wardrobe staples, so we'd snatch up their Signature Blouse ($178) and opt for J. Brand's 1043 Roll Up Shorts ($158) in Mako when it comes to bottoms. Then, we'd throw in our Frida-worthy splash of color by picking up Dannijo's Aalia Necklace ($595) and slinging Bug Buddha's Chain Rocker Faux Leather Hobo ($90) over our arm!

Leopard and lace are a directional duo right now.
Taking a fashion risk can be scary, but we think Vanessa, 26, from Vancouver, pulled hers off impeccably! We appreciate how she added intrigue to her ensemble by opting for both an eye-catching leopard accent and lace pants in an exaggerated bell shape. Take a walk on the wild side like Vanessa and score some seventies-inspired trousers such as Bona Drag's Lace Flare Pants ($140) or Blue Life's Dancing Queen Pants ($97). Temper your bohemian ensemble with Oak's Muscle Torque Tee ($58) in Black, or any neutral top of your choosing. Then get your hands on a must-have fall bag by selecting either Johnston & Murphy's Ella Hair Calf Satchel ($298) or Topshop's Leopard Leather Shoulder Bag ($80) for a cutting-edge Vanessa-worthy look!

Wedge boots toughen up a print caftan + sleek clutch.
When it comes to a fashion-forward ensemble, balancing all the elements is key! So we were thrilled when we spied Amy, 23, from Los Angeles, who grounded her floaty, print caftan with some black wedge boots. She further accented the look with a sleek clutch, providing her outfit with both textural intrigue and a pop of color. To recreate Amy's gypset-sophisticate style, we'd suggest starting with a fantastic kimono-esque robe like the Jasmin Cardigan ($225), the Eden Jacket ($225), or the Kimono Dress ($242) in ChiffonÂ--all from Winter Kate. Mix in your key accessories in the form of JJ Winters' Hand Held Clutch ($265) and Jeffrey Campbell's Brisbane Boots ($190) and you'll be ready for a super-posh LA day.Â--Liza Kaplan

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