In Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival and celebrity stylist and TV star, Carson Kressley

August 26, 2011 10:08:33 AM PDT
Fall is right around the corner and that means it's time to talk fall fashion! Celebrity stylist and TV star, Carson Kressley helps break down this season's hottest trends from Nordstrom at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue.

Carson is in Chicago as the celebrity kick-off host of the nation's first shopping festival, "In-Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival." The event includes over 100 events including rocking concerts, celebrity appearances, culinary demonstrations and prix fixe menus. The event starts on Friday, August 26, and ends on Thursday, September 8 with Chicago's version of Fashion's Night Out.

For a full schedule of events, visit

All fashions from:

Nordstrom Michigan Avenue
at The Shops at North Bridge
520 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Model 1
Trend - Glamorous and ladylike, the bow detail is an essential style element this season. By layering a faux fur vest on top, it's creating just the right amount of edge to the look. The wide-legged trousers add polish and sophistication and the gold chain necklaces provide the perfect shine to pull everything together.

Vince Camuto faux fur vest - $175
Vince Camuto tan blouse with tie detail and studded cuff - $99
Vince Camuto black high-waisted, wide-legged trouser - $110
Ivanka Trump animal-printed pump - $135
Tan fedora - $38
Gold chain necklaces - $68 each

Model 2
Trend - Capes are back in a big way for fall and if you have a flair for flare, this is the trend for you. It's the perfect way to make an entrance - just remember that the cape itself is a statement, so make sure the rest of your look complements, not competes. The wide-legged trouser jean balances out the hip/butt area. Women are always trying to achieve that hourglass figure and this jean will help to create that optical illusion. The platform loafer is a great way to introduce the menswear-inspired trend, while still getting the benefit of the heel.

Guess grey sweater cape - $138
Clover Canyon Navajo-printed blouse - $174
Mother wide-legged trouser denim - $232
Report platform loafer - $98
Printed Hobo bag - $79
Multi-color beaded necklaces - $48-$68

Model 3
Trend - Color-blocking was HUGE this spring/summer and the fashion houses loved it so much that it's back in a big way for fall! The key is to transition into more autumnal hues.

Haute Hippie teal blouse - $265
Ted Baker pink tank - $65
Current/Elliott purple denim - $168
Jeffrey Campbell cobalt blue platform wedge - $165
Sequin long purple medallion necklace - $98

Model 4
Trend - the "new" casual blazer - it's super soft and almost feels like a sweatshirt. It's the perfect way to jazz up your basic jeans and t-shirt. Color and pattern create visual interest. In terms of denim, gone are the days of overly baggy and saggy jeans - the trend du jour is streamlined and fitted.

BOSS Orange relaxed grey blazer - $325
7 Diamond plaid button-down shirt - $109
Graphic t-shirt - $54
Levi's slim straight-leg dark-wash denim - $68
1901 deep brown desert boots - $95

ULTA BEAUTY has tips for fall make up, too! For day, cobalt blue will rim eyes in both eye liners and eye shadows and even nails will be polished with the vivid color.

For night, lashes are the focus, with false lashes in all shapes and lengths to suit the shy ingénue or dramatic diva! Hair is big and bouncy this fall with volume and soft curls.

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