Second Coming

The new season underscores the climax of the strongest fashion movement in recent years—the return of the classics.

The previous year saw the influx of the trend-obsessed Balmainettes—from the runway to high street, shops were filled to the brim with over-the-top excess and plastics were maxed out for fast-fashion. Now the world is ready for a major fashion palette cleansing. Gaining momentum over consecutive seasons is a significant shift from maximalist decadence to timeless elegance. The most directional collections showcased fall’s pitch-perfect pieces that are must-haves for style-setters of all ages. Taking cue from Yves Saint Laurent who once said fashion fades but style is eternal. A new golden rule of dressing commands the revival of closet staples with sleek modern updates—the key for fall is all about everlasting style. Go invest and stock up on the ultimate essentials every woman will love forever.

Suit

The perfect timeless pantsuit can take you from corporate to cocktails. A new spin on this classic maintains the 80s derived strong shoulders of recent seasons but are now equipped with a geometrically linear torso creating a boxy silhouette taking inspiration from WallStreet dressing that Giorgio Armani revolutionized. As a boardroom twist to the dandy tomboy appeal, the fall collections of Chloe, Givenchy and Bottega Veneta showed the suit jackets with matching mannish trousers in dark tones and refreshing neutrals.

How to wear: Off-set the executive ensemble by selecting a sheer light-weight feminine top and finish off with a Chanel 2.55 caviar and YSL Tributes for some seriously sexy business style.

Where to buy: The best suits are always bespoke by designers who are known for their impeccable menswear tailoring like Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson and Jerome Lorico to name a few. For selections that don’t break the bank, opt to shop at no-none-sense high-street brands such as Warehouse & Dorothy Perkins for suits that range from P5000-P8000.

Corset

Romance has been the core of the house of Christian Dior with Renaissance man John Galliano at the helm for more than a decade. As an eternal showman his aesthetic comes from his deep love with all things boudoir bringing back feminine seduction the brand has been known for. This season Galliano offered a dramatic reinterpretation of the ubiquitous corset playing with disheveled English flourishes like ruffles, lace and drapes. Dolce & Gabbana’s flamenco flair take on corsetry mixed dark lace and satin with rouge hued accents.

How to wear: Lingerie-inspired pieces can be tamed down. For a demure appeal, opt for a 50s inspired full skirt like those that can be seen in Louis Vuitton FW10 and add a classic leather gloves and peep-toe pumps.

Where to buy: Designer Mich Dulce is the best bet for custom-made pieces with her extensive historically-accurate corsetry technique from her studies in London. Quick fix delicates ranging from P2000-P4000 can be found in La Senza and Hot Pink Lingerie.

Trousers

Literally a few inches short of calling it pants, the new trousers’ hemlines are abbreviated above the ankles taking cue from classic Americana tailored sportswear sensibilities of stylish outdoors comfort. Regardless of the cut and silhouette—whether relaxed and casual or sleek and skin-tight—the main objective is to expose a little bit of leg and show off fantastic shoes. Christian Dior, Dsquared and Julien McDonald chose to do tapered jodhpurs slung low on the hips and loose around the thighs which is perfect for afternoon of country club lounging or horse back riding.

How to wear: Add a dash of Russian boudoir chic and go for texture contrast by pairing equestrian-inspired trousers with an exquisite white lace bustier and rich red velvet capelet

Where to buy: Casual-chic trousers are best found in classic American sporstwear brands such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic. Local contemporaries like Plains & Prints and Ensemble also offer tailored tapered pants under P2000.

Coat

Leave it to the Karl Lagerfeld to turn synthetic fur into the new luxury must-have. For his Chanel fall/winter collection, he presented a winter fantasy composed of head-to-toe faux animalier concoctions set against a runway with a gigantic iceberg as a centerpiece. The updated textured coat is cruelty-free but still generates the same megawatt glam as the real-deal taking cue from high-drama extravagance made famous by the house of Halston.

How to wear: Choose a mid-length voluminous number in a deep shade for maximum versatility. Wear with a little black dress for formal affairs or with sexy skin-tight leather leggings for a night out with the girls

Where to buy: Finding the perfect fur isn’t as hard as it seems. International high street brands such as Zara and Mango do have seasonal shipments of luxury coats that go as low as P6000.

Dress

Gianni Versace pioneered the unapologetically sexy dresses of the 90s using the great supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington as his muses. Just as the glamazons make their glorious return into the spotlight, Donatella heralds the re-emergence of the Milanese ferocious goddess dresses with those scandalously thigh-high slits. These frocks are best to showcase glistening gym-toned legs worthy of runway superstar status. An update on fabrication takes out the excessive embellishments of previous decades and plays more on cut and construction whether it be neo-minimalist or romantic light-weight layers.

How to wear: A good base to any body-baring number is quality seamless lingerie that gives ample support and optimum coverage. Go for bare legs to emphasize muscle tone with sleek stem-lengthening stacked heels or coverup with edgy biker-chic thigh-high leather boots.

Where to buy: Dangerously sexy dresses are best custom-made for the body in order to flaunt assets and hide imperfections. For the perfect body-skimming fit, must-try designers are resortwear artisans such as Czarina Sarte and Arleen Sipat. Lower-range choices can be found in Retail Lab and The Ramp that house young independent retail up-starts.

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Flip the coin and choose from the alternative take on the ultimate classics

The Suit

Balenciaga’s cropped suit jacket maintains the boxy-silhouette without being too overwhelming for womens’ natural curves. The high-tech low-key shine finish lends a futuristic element.

The Top

Edwardian high-heck buttondowns as seen in Chanel is a patrician take on the renaissance romance. A pristine white number is versatile enough for day-to-night.

The Trousers

Chloe’s tailored wide-leg trousers bring back the 70s glam in chic neutral tones. Pair with a belted tailored top to balance the silhouette.

The Coat

The rugged shearling jacket offered in Burberry takes the textured cover-up to the great outdoors. A low-shine draped skirt makes for a glam contrast to the woodsman attire.

The Dress

Channel the allure of 50s housewives by way of Louis Vuitton’s frocks with it’s demure skirt nipped at the waist and a bodice that puts focus on the bust.