red leather pants aren't for special occasions

I have truly embodied the fall leather trend this season. From delicate details to full on leather leggings, I seem to be drawn to all things animal-skinned.

After first spotting these burgundy beauts in the back of H&M, I just knew they were destined for  greatness, stealing the spotlight over the majority of my neutral closet.  I have been waiting to break these babies out for a couple of months now. I had to wait until the weather proved worthy of the unforgivingly hot material. I'd say I'm on the more daring side when it comes to fashion choices, so I just couldn't wait for a special occasion to adorn my wintry pale legs in the faux leather-ish burgandy skinnies. The time is now.

To relinquish the fabric from its proverbial state (usually associated with sweaty dominatrix or motorcycle-riding bandits), I paired said pleather treasure with my prudish cowl neck sweater. And thus, a paradoxical fashion couplet is born.

[sweater/pants-h&m, shoes-c/o Lily, peacoat-forever21]
Pictures: Sarah Thigpen

on intimidatingly couture pants, blood-red lips, and embracing fall trends

The best day of the month comes when the mail man decides to grace my front porch mail box with my monthly Vogue subscription. This month I was unprepared for the beauty bestowed upon the September issue. Not only did Lady Gaga rock the front cover with a mulberry mermaid gown, but its contents were nearly quadrupled. Yes, that means 1000 pages of rich automnal colors and gorgeous textures which encompass fall 2012.

Two trends I could not get over were the abundant styles of pants and the dark vampy lip that accompanied sleek up-dos and masculine sartorial blends. Pants are no longer limited to skinny jeans and chinos. The dress has been replaced with pants of all artistry. Structured, embroidered, billowing, leather, chiffon, high-waisted, drop-crotch; they all found their way into the September issue of Vogue. There is something about the inescapable power associated with a woman and a statement making pant and killer heels. She would reign over any evening-event she attended.
The vampy lip couldn't coordinate better with a statement making pant. From maroon to tawny, a dark lip is a great way to add drama to an outfit.  Any man would die of intimidation if on the first date, his lady friend showed up with better dress pants than himself and lips the color of coagulated blood. Some may say this look is too dramatic, or too masculine, or too cold; I say embrace it. That is what I love about fashion, what other part of your life can you change on a moments notice that can completely transform mood/character/aesthetic. Poor, poor boys.
I stumbled upon a pair of chiffon wide-leg pants reminiscent of my sheer curtains and could not leave the store without them. The leather details on the waist band were too perfect, complimenting the delicate fabric. I decided to pair them with a home-made t-shirt tank and an edgy shoe to lessen the feel of wedding bells often associated with billowing white fabric. P.S. white after labor day, I know, I'm a sartorial rebel.

I re-styled my lucid gem for a more functional fall look. I have to tone things down for Tuscaloosa, they just can't handle me in my entirety, yet. Thanks, Daniel for these beautiful pictures. You have the eye.

[pants-kohls, tank-homemade, shoes-nine west, bangles-uo, sunglasses-uo]