Kelly Killoren Bensimon solves your fall style problems
Kelly Killoren Bensimon -- model, fashionista and author of the book "I Can Make You Hot! The Supermodel Diet" -- dishes out fall style advice to amNewYork's readers.
How can I transition some of my favorite summer pieces into fall?
A jean skirt is great way to ease into fall and look chic. I love Calvin Rucker's this season-- the high slit speaks to everyone and is an attention-getter, and the denim is stretch, and sexy with a tank and heels. I also love a jean skirt with a simple cotton shirt from A.P.C. and ballet flats. This European look is easy for picking up the kids or for shopping on a Saturday in the West Village.
The metallic trend is also here to stay. A metallic heel is sophisticated, yet playful, for Sunday brunching in SoHo.
I'm also a huge fan of the leather legging, which can be fun with a cashmere sweater or even a simple white tee and biker jacket.
What items should every woman buy for fall?
This season my go-tos are black trousers by Saint Laurent, a sheer blouse, a faux fur, a floral dress (I like Balenciaga's), and anything by Wes Gordon -- or channel him with a lace nightgown underneath a vintage-inspired wool sweater by the affordable Uniqlo.
I'm also a fan of full shirts and tight sweaters. Show off what you have, but be a lady about it. And while we are talking about being ladies, I'm obsessed with Bally this season. It's very old-guard chic, and even my kids are trying to steal my bag.
I want to cozy up my apartment for fall. How should I do it?
The best way to make a home look cozy is with lighting. I'm obsessed with Restoration Hardware's Odeon glass fringe lamps and chandeliers. Crate & Barrel has great upholstered benches to replace those stuffy dining room table chairs.
I also love to frame my children's art. Or hang a photo you took on the wall. Blow it up and frame it over your bed.
Sidewalk art is always cool. Commission your local artist to make you something unique to you.
Mirrors are a great trick to make a room look bigger. Put one against the wall and see for yourself.
Another idea: Take old cashmere sweaters and make pillows out of them a la Ralph Lauren Home. Or even stack your favorite books on the coffee table. It's cool to be a little nerdy: Don't forget to write in the margins.
What colors should I incorporate into my wardrobe for fall?
Black is the biggest color of the season. It is everywhere and makes any look chic. H&M is killing it this season with black capes and jackets, and try J.Crew for tuxedo leggings.
If you want to add color, paint your handbag like you are Stephen Sprouse for Louis Vuitton.
It's a very chic fall this year.