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Part I:Fall Floral Looks Straight from the Runway

In this four part series, I’m going to showcase the top four ways floral was featured on the runways for the Fall 2008 collections.  By far the most popular trend has been wearing floral prints in bright, jewel-toned colors. Part I will show you some inspirational pieces from the runway to help you achieve this look.
What exactly is a jewel-toned color? Basically, it’s any variation of color that resembles a gem. Here are some gems to give you an idea of what a jewel-toned color is:
different gems

different gems

These colors are vivid, rich hues that designers have used in their collections this fall. They’re perfect colors to match with the rich hues of the changing leaves in the fall. This first example is from Jason Wu’s collection. Who says you can’ wear breathable, light fabrics in the fall!
Notice how it’s almost the exact shade of Sugilite!

2008 Fall Collection

This next dress from Erin Fetherston’s collection is a Jasper color. I love how shimmery the lace looks. It is an empire waist dress with sheer long sleeves.

jasper jewel tone

jasper jewel tone

Erin Fetherston Jewel toned floral

Karen Walker combined Carnelian and Lapis Lazuli jewel tones in this collared mini-dress with flare sleeves. The gray tights is an unusual combination for these colors.

carnelian jewel tone

carnelian jewel tone

lapis lazuli jewel tone

lapis lazuli jewel tone

jewel toned floral

She also managed to combine Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst and Ruby in this next number. The shoes even match! I like this one better than the first.

lapis lazuli jewel tone

lapis lazuli jewel tone

Amethyst jewel tone

Amethyst jewel tone

ruby jewel tone

ruby jewel tone

Fall jewel toned floral

Although I’m not a fan of large floral prints, if you have the figure to pull off these next examples, more power to you! I love Reyes’ take on this fall floral trend. He combines the jewel tones of Sugilite and Tiger’s Eye in bold, floral prints with a bit of white as the backdrop.

sugilite- jewel tone

sugilite- jewel tone

Tiger's eye jewel tone

Tiger's eye jewel tone

Floral from Fall Collection

Nanette Lepore had the same brilliant idea with the bold floral print but instead combined jewel tones Ruby, Carnelian, and Chrysocolla.

ruby jewel tone

ruby jewel tone

carnelian jewel tone

carnelian jewel tone

Chrysocolla jewel tone

Chrysocolla jewel tone

Nanette Lepore Fall 2008 Collection

One other designer had this idea of using large, floral print in jewel tones. Cynthia Steffe had two dresses in different colors. The example I have here uses the Lapis Lazuli jewel tone:

lapis lazuli jewel tone

lapis lazuli jewel tone

Cynthia Steffe fall 2008

This next dress really does hint at the shades of fall. It is from the DKNY fall 2008 collection and features the jewel tones Carnelian, Tiger’s-eye, and Amethyst:

carnelian jewel tone

carnelian jewel tone

Tiger's eye jewel tone

Tiger's eye jewel tone

Amethyst jewel tone

Amethyst jewel tone

DKNY Fall 2008 Collection

DKNY Fall 2008 Collection

These next two Giambattista Valli dresses look more Valentine-ready than fall-ready. Still, they are beautiful and feature jewel tones Ruby and Jasper:

ruby jewel tone

ruby jewel tone

jasper jewel tone

jasper jewel tone

Giambattista Valli Fall 2008

Giambattista Valli Fall 2008

Giambattista valli muddied floral

Giambattista valli muddied floral

Heidi Klum walking for the Heart Truth show also featured these same jewel tones in her dress but also added Tourmaline to the mix:

Tourmaline Jewel Tone

Tourmaline Jewel Tone

Heart Truth muddied floral

Heart Truth floral

Betsey Johnson’s take on this fall trend was a combination of Amethyst and Jasper floral mixed with white floral. She paired it off with bright red tights, very much in the style of Betsey Johnson.

Amethyst jewel tone

jasper jewel tone

Betsey Johnson fall floral

Betsey Johnson fall floral

So far I’ve only shown dresses. This next Tracy Reese outfit features a jewel tone floral top using the colors of Malachite and Jasper. It’s paired with a gray pencil skirt and Turquoise jewelry.

Malachite Jewel tone

Malachite Jewel tone

jasper jewel tone

Tracy Reese Jewel Toned Fall Floral

Tracy Reese Jewel Toned Fall Floral

Thakoon had a couple jewel tone dresses this fall as well. In this first one he used Turquoise and Pyrite. Both dressses feature a white background.

Turqoise jewel tone

Turquoise jewel tone

Pyrite jewel tone

Pyrite jewel tone

thakoon fall floral 2008

thakoon fall floral 2008

In the next dress he used Sugilite and Carnelian. I’m not a fan of the way the top of this dress looks. It makes the model look a bit boxy.

sugilite- jewel tone

carnelian jewel tone

Thakoon Fall Floral

Thakoon Fall Floral

Derek Lam’s collection featured this floor length floral dress using Lapis Lazuli and Obsidian jewel tones. The shiny fabric looks elegant.

lapis lazuli jewel tone
Obsidian Jewel Tone

Obsidian Jewel Tone

derek lam fall 2008

derek lam fall 2008

Cynthia Steffe also combined these jewel tones but used a matte fabric instead of a shiny fabric. She also opted for a more muddied art-inspired floral look in finer print.

fall 2008 jewel tones

fall 2008 jewel tones

Another designer who showcased the muddied jewel tones is Badgle-Mischka incorporating Sugilite, Pyrite and Tiger’s-eye. This one might be my favorite. I love how the Pyrite and Tiger’s-eye colors look like falling leaves. Perfect for autumn!

sugilite- jewel tone

Pyrite jewel tone
Tiger's eye jewel tone
jewel tones fall 2008

jewel tones fall 2008

Lastly, I wanted to showcase a celebrity donning this fall look! Also wearing a strapless dress, Toni Braxton showcases Carnelian, Turquoise and Ruby:

carnelian jewel tone
Turqoise jewel tone
ruby jewel tone
Toni Braxton in a Jewel Toned fall floral dress

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