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Decoding Fashion

Gone are the days of simply showing spring and fall collections, now fashion houses are on a never ending cycle of shows, new collections and a dizzying array of seasons not represented on the actual calendar. With Pre-fall 2016 in full swing, we’ve put together a primer so you know exactly what season you’re in and when you can actually get your hands on all these new designs.

 The Basics

Autumn/Winter – The first of the big two for fashion seasons. A/W shows are held in February and March, and the merchandise arrives in stores beginning in July.

Spring/Summer – The lighter of the big two, S/S presentations are in September and the items are in stores January through June.

Post Grad

Resort/Cruise – Originally the domain of the jet set crowd, the Resort, or Cruise, collection is a bright light in the dead of winter. The airy, warm weather offerings helped supply the select crowd who took off to warm weather destinations during the cold months. It has now become a staple for designers eager to bring fresh product into their boutiques for the lag between fall and spring. Look out for these styles to hit the stores between December and January. Just in time for vacation.

Pre-Fall – The newer of the in-between seasons, Pre-fall is shows in December and arrives in stores in May. It gives houses the ability to have fresh stock in their stores during the interim of Spring being pushed out (read: sale) and Fall clothing still being produced. Pre-fall has also become a chance for larger fashion brands to showcase their wares in grand displays staged at outside-the-box locations such as Tokyo for Christian Dior.

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Haute Couture – Not as much a season as a spectacle, Haute Couture shows in January and July, and never really arrives in stores as it is nearly exclusively custom order only. These wares are for the select few customers who can truly indulge in a one-of-a-kind piece of fashion history. These shows are traditionally in Paris, but designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, who whisked customers to Portofino, and Valentino, who showed in Rome, have started to take them to new and exciting locations.

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SPRING 2016 PASTEL TRENDS

In an unprecedented move Pantone announced there would be not one, but two colors of the year for 2016. According to the company, the colors - Rose Quartz, a soft pink, and Serenity, an airy blue - are a challenge to traditional gender roles that have been blurred this year. Not surprisingly, designers were ahead of the curve for Spring 2016 sending light color palettes and gauzy garments down their runways. Here are a few ways to wear the colors of 2016 come spring.

From Left: Christian Dior, Gucci, Emilio Pucci

From Left: Christian Dior, Gucci, Emilio Pucci

Accessories / Women's
LOGOS WITH A TWIST

Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele upended the brand’s aesthetic with quirky runway styling and an abundance of colorful styles with a decidedly bohemian vibe. He also breathed new life into the house’s classic monogram bags by presenting them in two unique capsule collections for Cruise 2016.

The first GG Blooms pairs the interlocking G’s with brightly colored floral patterns for a unique take on the monogram look. Available in two colorways, pink and green, the florals embellish everything from the famous Dionysus bag with a chain handle to chic mules.

The second style available for Cruise 2016 is GG Caleido, which utilizes the shapes of a kaleidoscope to add depth and dimension to the GG motif. Available in three different shapes, bar, star and peak, the Caleido prints skew masculine with high tops, card holders and backpacks being decked out in the print.

Both GG Bloom and GG Caleido are available at Gucci located on the second level of The Shops at Crystals.

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33 THINGS FOR HER

With an unrivaled collection of designers under one roof, there are plenty of options to check off the leading ladies in your life. Whether it’s Cartier or Christian Louboutin, The Shops at Crystals has something to satisfy even the pickiest of shoppers. 

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WINTER TRAVELLING

Holiday travel is a must for many people, so make sure it’s done in style with a bevvy of accessories that make the airports just a little easier. From luxury suitcases to cashmere flight gear, The Shops at Crystals can send you off in style.

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