Fall Style Guide 2012: Starring Kerri Lisa

Written and Styled by Nicole McConnach and Aryana Herz
Photos by Gary Lupton
Photography Assistant: Alex Lopez
Makeup by Jennifer Membreno of Almond Eyes Makeup Artistry
Hair by Brian from Tru Salon

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Shown here: Una Luna navy one piece jumper ($270) available at Flair. Vince Camuto “Liese” sparkle peep toe bootie ($350) available at Jildor. Aqua black felt hat with feather detail ($58) available at Bloomingdale’s. Escape from Paris bronze bracelets ($158 each) available at Flair.

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Metaling Pair
Shiny metallic lights a spark

DO
Pair a glamorous dress with a more practical blazer to create an office-to-cocktails ensemble.

DON’T
Layer more than one luster piece in one outfit—save that for when the ball drops.

Shown here: Maggy London bunched metallic dress ($148) available at Flair. Ark & Co. black blazer ($118) available at Mint. Salvatore Ferragamo grape clutch ($695) available at Bloomingdale’s.

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Triple Trend Alert
Fur, prints and color, oh my!

DO
Break the rules. Combining trends can be a fun way to switch things up, but proceed with caution. This look works because the fur collar, animal print top and ostrich clutch all hint at each other. The belt and shoes are both pointing back to the neutral basis of the look even though each one is distinct. And the orange (official color of the year) and brown offset the neutrals in a contrasting, not shocking, way.

DON’T
Get carried away. You can go from striking to schizophrenic in the blink of an eye. Hint: Stay clear of doubling up on the same trend; i.e. fur on fur. And don’t glob on the accessories once the look speaks for itself. Remember, everything in moderation.

Shown here: THML print top one-piece dress ($98) available at Mint. Jildor “Ulan” two-tone pumps ($140). Marc by Marc Jacobs ostrich print clutch ($198) available at Bloomingdale’s. Fur shawl, stylist’s own.

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Mismatching Motifs
Everyone is playing with patterns, don’t get burned

DO
Choose patterns that have the same line of origin (horizontal with horizontal, for example). Offset the visual heaviness by mixing a lightweight fabric with a heavier one. Dress it up with pretty accessories usually reserved for cocktail hour.

DON’T
Fluctuate between color palettes—you will look like a nervous breakdown. Ditto the makeup. Heavily painted faces will be the kiss of death to a look that is rooted in the natural vibe of peace, love and happiness. Most importantly, don’t apologize. If you wear it, love it.

Shown here: Isabel Marant Étoile sweater ($374) with Ella Moss printed pants ($128), both available at Rexer-Parkes. Alberto Fermani boots ($445) available at Jildor. Jamin Puech clutch ($540) and Judith Haas gold cuff ($238) both available at Rexer-Parkes.

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Biker Chic
Military style jackets are back

DO
Pair a structured black leather jacket with a girly frock to balance two extremes.

DON’T
Be afraid to rock black on black leather to be right on trend this season.

Shown here: Isabel Marant Étoile leather motorcycle jacket ($1,053) with Chan Luu sheath ombré dress ($304), both available at Rexer-Parkes. Sam Edelman “Salina” suede ankle boots ($130) available at Jildor Shoes.

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Delicate Details
Sequins and iconic accents

DO
Tap into your inner Audrey Hepburn—this trend is all about the classic look. That means tailored but modestly loose tops and full, shapely pants that fit the waist and hips but play it straight beyond that. Pieces are complemented with contrasting details and sequins, which take center stage this fall.

DON’T
Think about it too much. Stick with simple, clean lines and moderate accents to create a silhouette that is flattering and on point, day or night.

Shown here: Silk shell featuring sequined shoulders and bust ($298) with slacks showing contrasting waist and pocket welts and slits at front ankles ($398), both by Rachel Roy and available at Rexer-Parkes. Michael Kors black two-strapped bag ($298) available at Bloomingdale’s. Heather Benjamin triangle earrings ($352) available at Rexer-Parkes. Jildor leopard print “Alder” peep toe pumps ($175). Black leather gloves, stylist’s own.

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Something in the Jeans
Printed pants transition into fall

DO
Reach for bold printed jeans. They will be a staple of your wardrobe this season. Perfectly paired with a solid sweater or blazer, this will be your go-to look for any casual occasion. Finish the thought with jazzed up shoes, an exclamation mark to your statement.

DON’T
Overlook body shape when attempting this trend. Be conscious of print direction and shading to guarantee a flattering outcome.

Shown here: Isabel Marant Étoile olive obli jacket ($450) and Citizens of Humanity printed denim ($189) available at Rexer-Parkes. Jeffrey Campbell “Starburst-2” studded booties ($225) available at Jildor. Brighton two tone bowler bag ($265) available at Flair.

The Rockville Centre native works full time at luxury concierge firm Four Hundred, where she manages the international lifestyles of individuals of high net worth. Her discerning clients demand that she be knowledgeable in travel, dining, wine, fashion and art. Over the course of the upcoming Gallery Girls season, Bravo’s new hit show will follow Kerri as she pursues a career focused more deeply on the art world and feeding her creative passions. Her contemporaries work explicitly in this industry, but Kerri is the curveball, coming from a different place personally as well as professionally. On the show, her change of career unravels as she interns with art advisor Sharon Coplan Hurowitz, who specializes in fine contemporary prints. The show highlights the lifestyles of these young ladies, but also the rich, competitive worlds they move in. “It’s really an intimidating world—the art world. A lot of people think it’s closed off and the average person can’t just walk into a gallery, but you can. I want that to come across,” Kerri asserts. Along with the drama and voyeurism of a reality show, Gallery Girls gives viewers a glimpse of the complexities of the art world and trying to make it in one of the most cutthroat industries in one of the most competitive cities in the world. Juggling her full time job, an internship and the show is no small task, but Kerri loves it and appreciates the experience, “I believe you can do whatever you want as long as you’re willing to work for it.”

Shopping Directory
Bloomingdale’s: Carle Place, Huntington, (631) 425-6700
Flair: Stony Brook Village, (631) 689-2992
Jildor Shoes: Cedarhurst, Great Neck, Woodbury, (516) 487-6464
Mint: Mattituck, Westhampton, (631) 298-8009
Rexer-Parkes: Huntington Village, (631) 549-1810