Vail Daily fashion column: Freshen up your look for fall |

Vail Daily fashion column: Freshen up your look for fall

Jennifer Geisman
Haute Alpine Couture
Ted Baker BONNYY Jacquard Dress ($295, Blitz).
Special to the Daily |

The rich colors of fall’s changing landscape create a fashion frenzy that can sometimes be mistaken for the Vail Valley’s pre-winter buzz. Rest assured, fashionistas, autumn’s super-potent reds, oranges and golds will still inflame the pure, product junky enthusiasm you are looking for, while at the same time complementing the high-altitude ’tude that comes with every fall season.


If you are a prolific fashion devotee, then by now, your covet list is a Minturn Mile long. Likewise, as a die-hard, you have surely had your eye on the fall runways and all the prints that came with that swagger. Fall’s patterns are anything but ho-hum this year. The luxuriously-“Downton Abbey”-ish florals of the Ted Baker CAMEELA Opulent Bloom Full Skirt Dress ($375, Blitz) are delightfully feminine and romantic. If a full-bouquet is not quite your fancy, then you will love the peek-a-boo petals on the Ted Baker ROZEAN Pleated Petal Cape Back Dress ($295, Blitz), which, at first glance, looks like a traditional LBD. However, once you flip your hair and walk toward the bar for another cosmo, the cutie you left behind will get a much-deserved glimpse of the dressed-to-kill print. The confident mod look of the Yoana Baraschi Red Dahlia Track Pant & Top (pants $259; top $259, Blitz) in a sweet Bordeaux, blood orange daisy print will give your look that “Mad Men” je ne sais quoi. The floral print inspires a quintessentially modern twist to the menswear-inspired silhouette offering a very feminine finish. In this same fashion, the bold color palette of the Ted Baker BONNYY Jacquard Dress ($295, Blitz) features a texturized fabric that you will never claim is your Grandma Blanche’s retro couch. The rich pigments fused with the corset-shaped texture streamline your figure with a trompe l’oeil effect.


As any couture-minded gal knows, a new fashion season calls for a little glitz and glamour. Sometimes, it is just one piece that can change your look from dull-as-dishwater to sharp and fresh. When autumn days are full of sunshine and pushing the upper 70s, put your faith in Open Snow on pause, and slip into a pair of translucent, chocolaty brown Canfora Jamila Sandals ($378, Gorsuch). Although sandal season is coming to a close, these jeweled babies bring the fall shades to match the month, while at the same time give your piggies a chance to breathe before they go into hibernation.

Vail jewelry designer Kristen Calarco is inspired by the hues of mountain living and translates those seasonal pigments into her jewelry collection. Calarco handpicks natural materials from around the world — earthy turquoise, vibrant gemstones, ethereal crystals, dramatic gold or graceful sterling — to create unforgettable, wearable art.

“My designs are full of life and color,” Calarco said. “For fall, bringing color into your wardrobe through statement pieces is the perfect way to complement and add pop to a solid fashion palette.”

Calarco’s fans are drawn to unique, non-cookie-cutter jewelry representing their individual taste and essence. Heaven forbid, you saunter into a fall cocktail party matchy-matchy with your couture nemesis!

Calarco’s Italian Leather and Foil Glass with Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Necklace ($88, Sols Vail), Hessonite & Garnet Sterling Silver Necklaces ($128-$178, Sols Vail), Handmade Lampwork Glass, Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Necklace ($138, Sols, Vail), and Multi-Strand Carnelian Twist Choker ($288, Sols Vail) all illustrate the rich, autumn-inspired shades of deep reds, golds and oranges.

Calarco also adds her love for retro pieces and scours the universe to find just the right item to create vintage-inspired clasps. The Swarovski Bronze Pearl with Vintage Button Clasp Sterling Silver Necklace ($188, Sols Vail) gives your neckline a classic, period style, but with a contemporary elegance that makes a statement all on its own.

The ever-changing scenery of the mountains at the end of summer highlights deep blues and greens, and Calarco brings them to life with the Turquoise, Mahogony Sterling Silver Necklace ($148, Sols Vail), the Handmade Lampwork Glass Sterling Silver Earrings ($88, Sols Vail) and Jasper Sterling Silver Necklace ($138, Sols). Calarco has captured the heart of Vail’s landscape as it shifts into fall with the Green Garnet Sterling Silver Necklace ($288, Sols Vail).


You may be a fashion fox, but not every morning can be a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed day of pulling together the perfect fall look. We caught up with the fashion gals at Rouge Boutique and Kiwi Boutique and asked them to come up with a few fall-fashion-ready looks.

From Rouge Boutique:

1. Deep green Free People two-pocket tank ($39) layered under a BCBGMaxazaria beige leather crop jacket ($93). Accented with a burnt orange Pashmina fringe scarf ($11) and a Moyna beaded silk crossbody ($28);

2. Mystree suede and floral print dress ($37) under a LinQ gold sequin open cardigan ($14);

3. Chunky turquoise necklace ($68) paired with a long link chain and turquoise necklace ($34) and burnt orange Pink Studio ankle strap shoes ($36).

From Kiwi Boutique:

1. BB Dakota Mags Army Green Jacket ($98) over a pastel pink TBAGS Los Angelos criss-cross blouse ($168) and McGuire Denim Bell-Bottom Jeans ($228);

2. Amanda Uprichard burgundy red tank with black leather trim ($143) worn under a JACK black and white plaid peacoat with large collar and tie at waist ($98) and Susana Monaco black pencil skirt ($93);

3. LA MADE burnt orange waffle, low dip neck top ($68) and Maker’s pant legging jeans ($72).

Haute Alpine Couture quenches your thirst with a cocktail of cravings and elan that turns an “insider’s favorite” into your monthly buzz. With an eye for uncovering the most sought-after trends, Jennifer Geisman is a self-professed product junky. Geisman fuses her expertise in PR and the beauty and fashion worlds to deliver quintessentially modern hot spots, styles and trends.

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