On Trend with Meleana Estes

I was one of the few residents of New York City sad to see the muggy, hot summer end. My appreciation for the piercing blue skies and the vibrant red-orange foliage of fall was clouded by the looming winter. But even for a bikini-loving Hawai‘i girl dreading dreary 4 p.m. darkness and cold, the excitement of fall fashion’s new trends and increased wardrobe is palpable and impossible to ignore. Whether it is reuniting with your favorite old leather jacket or risking a trendy pair of over-the-knee boots, fall fashion is fun and presents endless options.


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Ponchos made their way to Burberry's runways. Photo courtesy of Burberry

This fall offers myriad new looks: lumberjack plaids, colored shearling, cropped hemlines, A-line ’60s shifts, capes or psychedelic prints.

And as much as I covet Celine’s exquisite head-to-toe sweater knit flared pantsuit and Isabel Marrant’s sheep skin vest, here are a few trends that may offer more appeal for Hawai‘i’s warm weather lifestyle:

• Maybe it was the uncharacteristically long winter, but the warm Wild West rides prominently onto the runways of fall 2014. Ponchos and blankets in Navajo and Pendleton prints draped the shoulders of models for Burberry and Roberto Cavalli. Everything is fringed from suede skirts to scarves and jackets, all topped off by the sleek black cowgirl hat at Cushnie et Ochs and Tibi.

• A completely different but equally fantasy-driven look takes us to the set of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Sheer, floor-length skirts with feather-lined hems and jewels splattered freely on dresses. Valentino’s show led the way in this arena with brocaded birds flying off the bust of a sheer bodice and glittery twigs sewn on skirts of layered organza.

• My favorite fall trend is the pastel color palette. White, dusty rose, mint and lilac replace typical moody grays and blacks. For inspiration, check out Miu Miu’s powder pink raincoats and Alexander Wang’s ice blue suit for Balenciaga. These refreshing airy colors dispel the adage that you can’t wear white after Labor Day (or pastels past spring)!

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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