On Trend with Meleana Estes

Fall fashion usually whispers polished, smart, sophisticated and chic. Céline’s exquisite ’30s-style tailored double-breasted black coat, a Paris Fashion Week highlight, exemplifies this elegant and subdued style. I confess to feeling that the arrival of fall means stifling my exuberant side until spring. Well…not this year!

This fall the flirty princesses of spring have become spellbinding queens with showstopping, ornate accessories. Shoes, purses, gloves and sunglasses are bejeweled with smoky topaz, sapphires and rubies, and adorned with gold lamé appliqué.

DSquared’s black suede boots are a stark contrast to the typical suede with five lavish jeweled brooches fastened to the heel. Seductive citrine jewels littered their glassy stones in the shape of small leaves. Chunky rubies and sapphires, embellished golden-thread appliqué on Dolce & Gabbana’s clutch and matching gloves were fit for a monarch.


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From their Winter 2014 collections, Dior's embellished clutch and this satin heel from Christian Louboutin both tout ornate details.

If queen’s jewels are too much for you, big blossoms—a detail usually found on spring runways— also becomes a staple accompaniment to the fall wardrobe. Orange and fuchsia flowers outlined in Swarovski crystals decorated a pair of Louboutin stilettos. And Burberry’s gray suede boots served as a canvas for an abstract floral motif. But my favorite use of the flower was an accessory itself. Oversized pink lilies draped over the neckline of a black Dries Van Noten wool dress and Céline’s leather rose on the lapel of the coat proves that we can still find vibrance in dreary fall.

I love this trend toward ornamentation—it’s fun, liberating and easy to interpret on any budget. Whether you find that big brooch in your grandmother’s jewelry box, glue gun silk orchids to a dress or splurge on Dolce & Gabbana’s jeweled pointy slippers, this fall, go bold with glam accessories.

Punahou grad and Fashion Institute of Technology alumna Meleana Estes gives us her take on the hottest runway trends. A trendsetter in her own right, her designs for her eponymous handbag line and modern take on resort attire for aloha wear purveyor Manuheali’i have garnered rave reviews.

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