Every season, (and often within hours after the first set of New York Fashion Week runway shows), the trend reports start hitting the web, informing buyers and consumers alike as to what direction future wardrobes will be heading. While it used to take much longer for this information to reach us shoppers (thank, internet!), we now have the opportunity to use this forecast of several seasons ahead to inform our purchases right now. 

For someone like me, who loves a good trend update but prefers to maintain a more overall evergreen sense of style, this is gold. It lets me know what trends to avoid due to short life-span, and which ones are worth the investment. And for this most recent #NYFW Fall/Winter 18, I got to partner up with Desert Hills Premium Outlets to take some of the trends I loved most straight from the runway to real life - but with a warm-weather twist, of course - so that I can start wearing them right now! 

One re-occuring trend from the runways of F/W 18 was animal print - in every shape and form. And while I'm a fan of leopard (and now, quite suddenly, red leopard in particular), animal print can also be approached in a far more subtle (and wearable form) than the below looks. 

Tom Ford / Adam Selman / Michael Kors /  (via  latimes )

Tom Ford / Adam Selman / Michael Kors /  (via latimes)

One way I love to experiment with animal print is through accessories - and the more subtle they are, the more easily they go with everything. My favorite print to do this with is Tortoiseshell, which, although super subtle, adds a little extra dimension to the tortoiseshell Célines I snagged at Saks Off Fifth (the one at Desert Premium Hills Outlets has a crazy selection of sunnies, btw, from Céline and Tom Ford, to Prada and Givenchy).


Another look I loved was a hard embrace of a softer sentiment, with ruffles, romantic lace, and voluminous, billowing fabric as a main feature. I emulated the feel with a peasant inspired blouse via Maje (another favorite stop whenever I'm at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, which by the way, has become a go-to shopping source anytime I'm near Palm Springs or Cabazon).

While there were plenty of shoe trends I loved (consider me all-in for modern cowboy boots), the overall FW 18 arc of more-is-more is a trend I can fully get behind. As a lover of simple, streamlined pieces and as a lover of bold statements, I often like to keep the outfit simple and then go a little crazy with the footwear. So when I saw the Isabel Marants I've been dying over forever on sale for over 50% off, I had to use the more-as-more trend to justify the purchase.

Ultra strappy with a block heel and plenty of embellishment, these shoes fit quite a few of the on-trend footwear styles for next fall and winter, but in a style that I can wear right now.

Picking up these staple items was just a start to indulging in the savings and selection Desert Premium Hills has to offer - here's a link to all the shops that are there in case you're interested - some other favorites of mine include Agent Provocateur, Sandro, Gucci, Marni, Saint Laurent, Prada, Converse, Tods, and Rag & Bone - and that's just the short list! 

If you live in Southern California or ever find yourself in the desert, make sure to stop in for not only everyday crazy deals on brands like the above, but there's often additional deals you can find when visiting (and signing up for VIP offer even more saving opportunities). 

Have you ever been to Desert Hills Premium Outlets? What would be your favorite stores there to visit? 



Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli

In partnership with Desert Premium Hills Outlets, but all opinions are my own