a happy, shiny new year

No denying the cheeky maximalism Alessandro Michele has brought to the sartorial table. His eclectic, vintage-y renaissance has us all thinking more is more, particularity in a mash up of 1980s shoulders and 16th-century bodices. This fad is reflected across the fashion front with autumn’s reigning motifs. Lustrous velvets to high-sheen finishes, Fall 2016 is a happy, shiny season; choice symbolism for our outlook as we approach Rosh Hashanah.

In Judaism, every holiday is an opportunity for personal transformation. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are dubbed the High Holidays because they offer an extraordinary chance for self-discovery and upward growth. No doom or gloom, but rather annual motivation to create a new plan for the betterment of ourselves and our world. This is what the “Day of Judgement” is based upon. “By shirking off past limitations and recognizing our true potential, we resolve to implement a fresh strategy for achieving our ultimate destiny, as individuals and as a nation, to that extent we have chosen life and have, in fact, signed ourselves into the Book of Life for the coming year.”*

Hence, there is no repentance on Rosh Hashana – no regrets of yesterday, no mention of sins. We are recreated from scratch with an empty slate primed to redefine and sprint forward. Opportunity knocks loud and clear.

Inspired by this ambitious, reach-for-the-stars mindset, I found it fashion for thought to channel “you are what you wear” and enlist a holiday wardrobe to mirror mentality. What better translates to modern day magic than sky-highs, celestial embellishments and swank velvet? Plus, when marching into the 5777, best be clad in a Cavalli military-inspired jacket.

Come tomorrow, here’s to rising (to the occasion) and shining (with full, trended potential)—L’Chaim!

Pictured: Prada velvet midi dress, Wolford sock, Gucci shearling muleLanvin metallic lace blouseJohanna Ortiz leather skirt, Prada velvet sandalRoberto Cavalli velvet jacketAdam Lippes lamé gown, Gucci sandalsGucci Appliquéd sweaterIsabel Marant tweed skirtMalone Souliers metallic mulesJil Sander Metallic dressAquazzura velvet sandals, Oscar de la Renta earring

*quote from Dina Coopersmith / aish.com

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