With fall around the corner, fashion conscious women all over the world are already in the mindset of shopping for the cooler weather, but not without first consulting the fashion gods. If the pre-fall collections showed us anything, it’s that tweed will be a major trend in the upcoming season. Not your grandparent’s tweed, the fabric of choice has been updated with an inventive approach by some of the biggest designers. From Chanel to Rachel Zoe, it seems as if designers just can’t get enough of this classic texture. At Chanel, tweeds came in the form of tailored blazers, adorned with embellishments such as attention-grabbing buttons and frayed edges. The structured blazers were also present in Maiyet’s collection, and were joined by equally chic dresses and mini-skirts made of tweed, attesting that the fabric of the season does indeed have an edgier side. Several other designers like, Rebecca Taylor also utilized frayed edges to embellish her tweed pieces, but unlike others, she incorporated denim into her designs. The combination of the varying textures definitely added an updated twist. Brightly colored tweed pieces stole the show at MSGM and Rachel Zoe. Often times, tweed is associated with muted colors or pastels, but MSGM and Rachel Zoe put an end to that outdated perception. The bold hues used by both designers, added a much more youthful vibe to the ensembles proving that tweed has, without a doubt, changed.

From office-friendly pieces to flirty skirts and frocks, tweed is a must for the upcoming cooler months. Not sure if you’re ready to try this trend? Don’t worry, you don’t have to wear a full-tweed suit to take part. A tweed blazer can easily be styled up or down and is perfect for a variety of situations. Want something a bit bolder? Try mixing tweed with other textured fabrics like leather. Any tweed piece will be an investment, since it will go with about anything in your existing wardrobe. This is one fashion risk worth taking!

– Daniella DiRienzo

Tim Blanks, troche the editor of Style.com since 2006, sovaldi
leaves to join The Business of Fashion in London. Mr. Blanks is one of the industry’s most read and respected critics. He won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Eugenia Sheppard award for his contributions to fashion journalism in 2013. Style.com is known for its resource of runway photos and reviews. It was announced in April, prescription
from Conde Nast, that Style.com was going to become an e-commerce platform. They created a new site called VogueRunway.com that will be going live this fall. “This is an age where transitions seem to be one of the driving social forces — this is my transition,” he said, from his home in London. “With Style.com coming to the end, it did feel very much like a chapter ending. It seemed like an appropriate moment to open another chapter.”

– Michelle Da Gama