Runway Fashion? Why Do We Care?

Fewer than 4% of women across the globe buy and wear runway fashion.  That means that 96% don’t. Most of us can’t afford high fashion; most of our body types aren’t made for it; and most of the styling is too extreme, even for the fashionistas among us. So, why the fascination with what comes from the designers’ workshops nine months ahead of each season?

There are a couple of important groups who need to know what’s going on in New York, Paris and Milan, because that’s where the vast majority of what we find in our favorite stores each season has its beginnings. Manufactures and retailers watch the catwalks and scout out early fashion media and high fashion blogs like hungry vultures to find direction for their lines. Other people, like me, watch for trends in color, silhouette, fabrics, and styles on the runways that hint at what we’ll find in the stores come fall and spring so that we can pass the information along to you.

Last week, I wrote a series of blogs on what to expect this fall in various categories. Here, I’ve shopped 4 major trends that were prevalent on the runways last winter for fall 2015 and show how you can recreate them for yourself. This will give you an idea of how to achieve the newest looks on your own without the limitations of high cost, size and extreme styling. For a full discussion of the 12 biggest trends for fall go to

For each style, I chose items from large retailers with a wide price and style range that are accessible by most women and will ship worldwide. No doubt, small retailers and local shops in your area will have similar merchandise.



Ralph Lauren Fall 2015

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L to R: Cape Saks Fifth Avenue, Slacks Nordstrom, Sweater Neiman Marcus, Boots Hat Belt Purse Nordstrom

At the top is a Ralph Lauren suede cape with wool trousers and a turtleneck sweater, accessorized with brown suede and leather boots, hat, belt, and purse.

Below, I found very similar items at retail stores that cost considerably less than the runway outfit.

Bohemian Retro

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Burberry Fall 2015

    boho crop accessories

L to R Dress, Fringed Boots, Fringed Purse (top), Stacked Bracelet (bottom), Nordstrom

To achieve Burberry’s boho look (above) I chose a Vince Camuto dress, accessorized with over-the-ankle, fringed black suede boots. For color, I added a red-fringed purse; and finished off the outfit with a stacked brass bracelet.

Victorian Redux


Zimmerman Fall 2015

hat n shoe jump n top

L to R Dress Pump Ankle Boot, Felt Hat, Jumpsuit, Lace Blouse w Lantern Sleeves, Nordstrom

 I love this simple, elegant look. Currently, there a few long-sleeved lace blouses in the stores, but watch for them to appear next month. I found this one at Nordstrom in and off-white. I then chose a spaghetti strap jumpsuit that doubles as a jumper for this look. To get the polished look, I found black dress booties in leather and suede; and topped it off with a black felt hat.



Derek Lam, Fall 2015


L Culottes, Free People; R-t Tunic, Neiman Marcus; R-b Shoes, Nordstrom

For this outfit, I kept the spirit of Derek Lam’s look but shifted it slightly to give it a more casual feel. To dress it back up, pair the culottes with a silk tunic, embroidered with metallic threads. The two-toned block heel shoes would be perfect for either look.

As you can see, with a little research and imanigation, I brought the cost and severe lines of the runway fashions into the realm of possibilities for most women. I hope you’ll try this yourself. Let me know how you do. I’d love to see photos.

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