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Fall for Autumn Fashion

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“Women must be colorful inside and out.” This is what designer Gudrun Sjoden replied when asked why she chose to use such a brilliant array of colors in her latest fashion line.

It was all about comfort, style, and anything go at this fashion show. Dresses and skirts were worn layered over color coordinated pants. Knee high stocking and socks offered alternatives to the constraints of pantyhose, and there were no such things as unmatching colors or bad print combinations. No season was out of season. Loose fitting clothes freed the body and graphic designs freed the mind. It was a utopia of fashion and an ideal vision of the future. Here’s a look at the Gudrun Sjoden fashion show from the inside.

The Setting
The stage is set at the Swedish Residence on Park Avenue at 64th Street. The temperature, a scorching 92 degrees, and its still morning. The occasion, the unveiling of designer Gudrun Sjoden’s summer ’17 collection. The runway, a multicolored striped rug in the hotel lobby. The clothes, eclectic cutting edge, bohemian. The message: freedom.

The Designer
Gudrun Sjoden has been creating a clothing line for women for over 40 years. But not just any woman. No supermodels grace this runway. Sjoden chooses women who represent the message of her clothing line. Water activist and former Miss Africa Georgie Biel and model turned actress Angel Pai model the brightly colored hand painted designs and eco-friendly fabrics that are the hallmarks of Sjoden’s collection.

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The Look
Patterns were in abundance in this display. Sjoden employs a technique called Ikat weave and indigo dying, in addition to her geometrical zigzags, and circles.There was no shortage of rich fabrics and embroidery and the designer’s preference for roses and stripes was clear. However, despite the profusion of show-stopping fashion, most stunning, perhaps, is the fact that 93% of Gudrun’s garments are made from sustainable materials. Says she, “This year, we are celebrating 25 years of organic cotton production in Greece.”

The Influence
Where does Sjoden’s inspiration come from? “While designing this collection, we visited India to explore the traditional crafts techniques for dying, using indigo and rose madder red. This craft combined with an earlier trip to Lisbon with its tiled walls, went on to inspire the autumn collection.” the designer revealed.

The Lowdown
S Joden’s first store opened in Stockholm, Sweden in 1976. Her concept of designing colorful comfortable clothes with Nordic influences in natural materials continue to dominate her collection. Her clothes are available through her catalog and website in markets including Germany, the US, and the UK.

What do you think of the message behind Sjoden’s collection? Let us know! We love to hear from you.

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Hair Transformations for Fall

The changing over of the seasons is an excellent opportunity to refresh your overall look. As the weather changes, you’re often forced to alter your wardrobe due to climbing or plummeting temperatures, so it really does make the perfect time to change things up by changing more than just the length of your sleeves and the weight of the fabric you wear.

Fall in particular is a fun opportunity for style makeovers; with the crisp and cool—but not bitter cold—air prevalent in fall, you’ll find many options at your disposal, since a wider range of clothing choices, owing to the fact that the intermediate temperatures mean both somewhat warm and somewhat cool clothing options will feel comfortable in this season.

But changing your wardrobe isn’t all you can do this fall! Think about it; if you’re going to go to the effort to change your look for the changing seasons, why stop at just clothes? Use it as an excuse to give your hair a massive transformation that will have strangers turning heads in awe and friends doing a double take when they see you. When combined with a wardrobe overhaul, a hair transformation can really cement your new look, and Vine Vera, of course, has a few ideas on how to make it happen.

Haircut

Cut It!
Nothing says “daring” or “transformative” like getting a brand new haircut, especially in a style you’ve never tried. Tired of the hassles of long hair and all the work that goes into it? Try a cute bob, a bold pixie cut, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

Alternately, get a weave—or extensions—and make it longer! If you tried short hair and it didn’t work out for you (or maybe it did, but you’re just ready to go back), don’t wait forever for it to grow! Get a weave or extensions to get the long, gorgeous hair you desire.

Hair coloring

Color It!
Do you want to elicit that double-take reaction we mentioned in spades? Go for a really dramatic change and dye your hair. If you want it to be especially appropriate for the fall season, think blonde, red, or red-orange, to mimic the yellows, red, and oranges you’re likely to see on all the trees around this time.

Want to be even more dramatic? Go for a non-natural color like blue, purple, green, etc. You’re never too old to have fun with your hair! That said, do think carefully before going this route; it’s definitely a bold choice, so be sure you really want it and don’t do it on a whim.

Curling hair.

Re-Texture It!
Tired of your plain, flat, straight hair? Get a perm and go curly! Tired of the hassles of dealing with curly or wavy hair? Think about getting it permanently straightened. In this day and age, we’re not necessarily stuck with what we’re born with, and lots of techniques exist to alter the texture of your hair, which can be a fun change. Do keep in mind, though, that while texture changes can be permanent on your existing hair, your roots will grow back as whatever you have naturally.

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Skirt and Sweater Combos for Fall

The skirt and sweater combo is a great multi-tasking outfit choice for a variety of seasons. Really the only time it won’t work, depending on your area and climate, is during the heat of the summer, when a sweater would be a bit much. For spring and fall, a lighter sweater and bare legs under the skirt strike a perfect balance for keeping cool without freezing over, and for the bitter cold of the winter months (and possibly the tail-end of autumn, again depending on your home area’s climate), a thicker sweater—or a thick shirt under a thick sweater if necessary—with tights or thick, warm leggings under your skirt can keep you both warm and fashionable.

And the best part is that the sweater and skirt combo has so, so many possible pairings to keep it fresh and fun, so you can reuse the same basic combo again and again without it getting old. And with fall right around the corner, Vine Vera wanted to help you get started thinking about your options with a few inspirational skirt and sweater ideas of our own.

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Cowl-Neck and Circle Skirt
This might sound like an odd combo at first, but once you’ve got it on, you’re bound to love it. There are a few different ways to approach this one, but it looks best with a lot of texture. Choose a skirt that stops somewhere above the knee, which creates an interesting visual contrast between the shorter skirt and a big, billowy cowl neck sweater. For colder temps pair with over-the-knee boots to keep warm and stay on trend or if its still warm, we recommend a pair of cute t-strap heels or little booties.

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Cropped Sweater, Button-Up and Fluted Skirt
Have some fun with layering on a a more mild autumn day when you can wear a skirt without leggings, and get a knee-length or longer fluted skirt and cropped sweater in matching colors, with a button-up shirt in a complimentary color (a white button-up with gray or black sweater+skirt can create an appealing contrast). The goal here is to go for a casual and slightly edgy yet put-together look. You’ll probably be tempted to tuck the button-up in, but don’t! It’ll look better out.

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Patterned Sweatshirt with Solid Maxi Skirt
Wondering how to use that striped, plaid, or maybe even polka-dotted sweatshirt you bought on a whim and have never worn? Find a maxi skirt that matches at least one color in the pattern (for example, if your sweater is red and gray-striped, get a red or a gray skirt, etc.). This one is pretty warm even with bare legs, so it will serve you well towards the tail end of the season, especially since you can slap on some tights or leggings if necessary and wear this combo right into winter!

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Have Fun with Matching
Here’s an idea that can work with a variety of styles and types of sweaters and skirts: get a skirt, sweater, and lipstick of the exact same color, and keep all other accessories or add ons else to neutral tones. You can really have fun here, because the color you chose to match could be anything; bright reds work nicely, but you can mix it up and try colors like blue or green (which will be especially bold choices for the lips).

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Fall Fashion and Makeup Pairings

If you’re dealing with blistering heat, sweat and runny makeup, and long, sun-filled days and getting sick and tired of it, take heart, because fall is right around the corner! And if you’re not tired of it all and wish summer lasted longer…well, unfortunately, the seasons are going to change over soon anyway, and they’re not going to ask you if you mind first.

As such, it’s important to be prepared! Fall—or Autumn, as it’s often called—carries with it windy days, crisp, cool air, and a return to school for anyone who happens to be a student. Of course, that’s not all that comes with the changing over of the seasons! Changing seasons also means changing fashion! For one thing, when the temperature changes, so do the clothes you need to wear to be comfortable. For another thing, different colors and patterns are more thematically tied to certain seasons, and it can be really fun to play around with that. To help you get your bearings, Vine Vera decided to make a list of ideas for coordinating fall fashion and makeup.

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Prepare your Feet and Eyes for the Weather
The first thing we need to talk about is how to prepare your fashions for the unpredictable autumnal weather that you’re likely to run into. Specifically, with the mix of mildly warm, sunny days, torrential downpours, and overcast, damp (but not stormy) days, it can be hard to decide what to wear that will hold up to whatever happens.

First off, rain boots can absolutely be fashionable, and come in a variety of colors and styles to match every outfit. That said, if you don’t want to give up fashionable flats, get some rubber ballet flats. We do recommend using great caution with heels of any kind, though; slippery pavement and stilettos don’t mix well unless you enjoy falling on your face.

A simple idea for makeup pairing with the rubber boots or flats we just recommended to keep your toes dry is a bold, bright blue eyeshadow. Mimic the pale blue sky on a sunny day, or go for edgy and chick with deep blue-rimmed eyes.

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Casual yet Stylish Outfits and Simple, Neutral Makeup
Layering is going to become essential for staying warm as the days get cooler and cooler, so why not have fun with it? Try a maxi skirt with tights, or a shorter circle skirt with thick leggings for warmth, and top either choice with a stylish sweater to keep the cold away and keep looking good.

For makeup, keep it simple and go for the “no-makeup makeup” look, or add just the right amount of dramatic flair with smoky eyes, or gold or brown eyeshadow to spice things up a bit while keeping it earthy and simple.

Business woman in a business suit.

When You Want to Dress Up a Bit
If you have an office job and need to look professional, or want to look sharp and elegant, yet down-to-earth, pencil skirts are a great way to go. For the office, look like a put-together business woman with your standard women’s suit top. For going out on a Friday night, top the pencil skirt off with an earthy colored, feminine-cut leather jacket. Pair with bold lip colors like cherry red or neons that contrast with an otherwise minimalist made-up face; just some foundation, concealer, and maybe a bit of mascara will do.

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