Come October, thoughts turn to jack-o'-lanterns, ghosts, and cold-weather clothes, too. Our fashion shoot was inspired by Stanley Kubrick's chilling 1980 celluloid masterpiece, The Shining. Based on a Stephen King novel about the goings-on at a haunted hotel, the film starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Not only does it deliver frights throughout, but interior scenes of the Overlook Hotel and costumes ranging from '70s casual to deco evening gowns make for an unforgettable mix.
The Government Center at 200 East Main Street in Lexington served as the backdrop for our photos. And while nary a spirit was spotted, the space that formerly housed the Lafayette Hotel, built in 1920, made an elegant setting for our models.
For styles, we took our cue from designers who showed pieces reminiscent of the 1960s, '70s and '80s in their fall shows where earthy palettes were accented with pops of color and rich details. Cynthia Rowley featured fur-trimmed hoods and '60s-style flounced skirts, while Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton favored A-line suede skirts, mix-print jumpers and blazers. At Burberry London, full pleated skirts and pencil skirts formed a feminine silhouette.
We paired vintage styles and modern pieces, an '80s-style vivid red clutch with a modern Simply Vera Vera Wang zip-up bomber sweater and the label's ponte circle skirt.
With subdued fall colors in clothing, we chose accessories with rich detail such as beading or decorative stitching to add interest.
Karen Lindner necklaces from Mulberry & Lime feature exquisite accents such as Swarovski crystals and appliques. For these photos we tried layering them in new ways: a quartz necklace wrapped around a wrist as a bracelet, for instance. A simple beaded ribbon belt served as an ornament for the hair.
Fall is the time when softer summer glosses for lips give way to darker hues. For our models, makeup by Trish Allen featured deep, rich berries for lips and dramatic eyes.
For men, a classic tailored jacket can be layered over a sweater for a versatile look to take you from office to dinner.
From Stuart Mercer Gentleman's Shoppe our model wore a Luigi Bianchi sport coat in a rich, dark plaid with brown Benny pants by Gardeur for a casual but elegant look.
Instead of the usual loafers or sneakers, men can opt for a stylish boot. Our model wore a pair from To Boot of New York. The brand offers a variety of styles including leather and suede lace-ups, wingtips and monk-strap designs with rubber soles.