Best Looks for Fall 2015

Fall is the January of the fashion year. Like school, it's a new journey ripe with possibilities - fresh looks and the ability to layer multiple textures together. Fall gives us the opportunity to showcase our originality - our bodies are the ultimate walking canvas during this season. And let's not forget everyone loves a great statement coat and a fabulous pair of go-to boots to take you through the chilly months ahead!

Canadian luxury retailer Holt Renfrew unveiled a collection of the top trends for Fall 2015 this week at an exclusive media event in Vancouver hosted by the legendary Lisa Tant, VP, Exclusive Services. The Vancouverite was there and I selected my favourite looks from the show (all photos by The Vancouverite):

The New Romantics

Fall is a perfect time to cozy up to that special someone, share kisses and fall in love. Or at least look the part. This season, delicate details echoing Victorian and bohemian influences in fine lace, sheer panels, warm velvets and ruffles only scratch the surface of what we're seeing off the runways. You'll also be seeing splashes of Pantone's Colour-of-the-Year, Marsala, on a number of looks this season.

This stunning Elie Saab dress proves why the designer reigns on the red carpet. 

This stunning Elie Saab dress proves why the designer reigns on the red carpet. 

I'm in love with prints - and this Lanvin skirt in particular - is a keeper. Wear it with a black turtleneck, a white t-shirt or even a bandeau - it all goes! Shoes by Dolce & Gabbana, Blouse by Valentino, Corset Top by Givenchy.

I'm in love with prints - and this Lanvin skirt in particular - is a keeper. Wear it with a black turtleneck, a white t-shirt or even a bandeau - it all goes! Shoes by Dolce & Gabbana, Blouse by Valentino, Corset Top by Givenchy.

Coats

Fall wouldn't be Fall without coats. They come in so many variations - just like the weather. From capes to ponchos to cardigans and vests, one size certainly doesn't fit all. And this Fall, we're seeing some interesting trends as outerwear spans across the spectrum from oversized to the exquisitely tailored to utilitarian chic.

I personally LOVE ponchos. You're essentially wearing a blanket but it's tailored. And stunning, like this 3.1 Phillip Lim poncho with the Stella McCartney faux fur hat. Boots: Stuart Weitzman. 

I personally LOVE ponchos. You're essentially wearing a blanket but it's tailored. And stunning, like this 3.1 Phillip Lim poncho with the Stella McCartney faux fur hat. Boots: Stuart Weitzman. 

The men's camel coat has been 'remixed' with this Givenchy number. I love the color blocking on this piece - it brings out some personality. Herringbone T-shirt by The Kooples, crop pants and studded lace-up shoes both by Alexander McQueen.

The men's camel coat has been 'remixed' with this Givenchy number. I love the color blocking on this piece - it brings out some personality. Herringbone T-shirt by The Kooples, crop pants and studded lace-up shoes both by Alexander McQueen.

I love vests as an alternative to a coat - there's a bit more freedom to move and you can carry a bit of attitude with you! This Theory fur trim vest rocks. Turtleneck and crop pants both by Brunello, marble bag by Balenciaga, shoes by Alexander Wang.

I love vests as an alternative to a coat - there's a bit more freedom to move and you can carry a bit of attitude with you! This Theory fur trim vest rocks. Turtleneck and crop pants both by Brunello, marble bag by Balenciaga, shoes by Alexander Wang.

Borrowing from the boyfriend is hot right now, with an emphasis on mens tailoring and oversized layering. This Smythe tweed jacket is a fantastic example of this trend. Ivory lace shell by Alexander McQueen, leather leggings by Rag & Bone, hat by Eric Janits, stacked heel by Celine.

Borrowing from the boyfriend is hot right now, with an emphasis on mens tailoring and oversized layering. This Smythe tweed jacket is a fantastic example of this trend. Ivory lace shell by Alexander McQueen, leather leggings by Rag & Bone, hat by Eric Janits, stacked heel by Celine.

Classics with a Twist

If you're like me, I often favour classic pieces and pair them with a statement bag or pair of bright stilettos. It's often about the accessories because you've basically spent your entire investment on that piece that will last you forever. This Fall, we're seeing a tweaking of the tried and true, giving you both function and form. Now how's that for an investment?

This Fendi fur vest can be worn with a pair of distressed J-brand jeans or even liquid leggings. Investment pieces need to be worn - on any occasion! Dress by Marco Di Vincenzo, shoes by Stella McCartney, Bag by Les Petit Jouers.

This Fendi fur vest can be worn with a pair of distressed J-brand jeans or even liquid leggings. Investment pieces need to be worn - on any occasion! Dress by Marco Di Vincenzo, shoes by Stella McCartney, Bag by Les Petit Jouers.

Everyone knows about the camel coat - what about a cape? It's classy and fun. I'm game. Cape by Sacai, Shoes by Stella McCartney, Bag by Bottega Venetta.

Everyone knows about the camel coat - what about a cape? It's classy and fun. I'm game. Cape by Sacai, Shoes by Stella McCartney, Bag by Bottega Venetta.

Knits

Once September hits, I start taking out my knitting needles and bountiful balls of yarn that I collect throughout the year. It's a cathartic activity plus you can wear it! Obviously, knits play a huge role in Fall collections and this year we're searching for the perfect yarn - thick, chunky, textural and worn head-to-toe. 

This Sacai Moto jacket would look even better over liquid leggings and sky-high stilettos. I love the detail of the animal print. Panel skirt by Sacai, boots by Alexander Wang and backpack by MCM.

This Sacai Moto jacket would look even better over liquid leggings and sky-high stilettos. I love the detail of the animal print. Panel skirt by Sacai, boots by Alexander Wang and backpack by MCM.