Photos from left: Copies of the groundbreaking Charlotte fashion magazine The Face were available at a Fall fashion preview hosted by Simon and the magazine's owner, Andre Michael, was one of the guests. Alyssa Cole, assistant manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th at Charlotte Premium Outlets. Model and TV personality Jennifer Michelle with wardrobe stylist Darrion Gross. The O Report founder Olivia Fortson.
Fashion media including The O Report founder Olivia Fortson were invited to a special Fall Fashion preview at a party hosted by Simon around one of the outdoor fountains at Charlotte Premium Outlets. Simon owns three shopping centers in the Charlotte area - SouthPark mall, Concord Mills mall and Charlotte Premium Outlets (along with Carolina Premium Outlets in Gaffney, S.C.)
Guests enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres while hearing about Fall fashion trends from model and TV personality Jennifer Michelle, the Rising Runway Coach for WCCB-TV. One of Charlotte's top wardrobe stylists, Darrion Gross, pulled together three vignettes of on-trend Fall fashions available at the three Charlotte centers and Jennifer did a beautiful job of explaining the looks to guests.
Here are a few of the things we learned during the fashionable evening.
As you can tell from the look on the right, '90s nostalgia is one of Fall's big trends. But if you were an adult during the 1990s, you probably have already experimented with wearing combat boots with a plaid shirt tied around your waist. But it does inspire you to be playful with your clothes. What's interesting about this look is that it makes you think about pairing any kind of T-shirt (in this case a man's vintage Easyrider tee) under a dress, although maybe a classic white shirt is more your style.
The outfit on the left from Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th shows how to wear a metallic skirt with more casual pieces. Think of metallics as neutral pieces now. Olive green, especially a military style jacket in that hue, continues to be a trend. And note the way the belt is wrapped at the waist and the silky camisole is worn over the shirt. Keeping everything fairly monochromatic makes it more chic and elegant. And booties and crossbody purses are still in style.
A favorite look was the combination of three American classics from J. Crew: chinos with a denim shirt and loads of pearls.
A key new piece to add to your wardrobe is a sleeveless long cardigan, in this case one in gray with pockets and a matching shell from Ann Taylor.
This inexpensive and lightweight military style jacket from Dressbarn is a a great transitional piece with personality.