Is your closet in need of some excitement as the temperatures drop? Longtime fashion destination Halls recently added to its stylish lineup with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including ZIMMERMANN, Versace, and Christian Louboutin.
“I’ve been at Halls for almost 25 years, and it’s exciting to see the business really stepping it up throughout the past year, especially in women’s ready-to-wear,” says Todd Epperley, General Merchandise Manager and Store Director, Halls.
The expanded list of designers is part of a refresh of the Halls experience. If it’s been awhile since your last visit, you’ll notice an updated layout that includes a larger handbag and accessories boutique, plus a more intuitive women’s area that naturally flows through all of the key wardrobe elements.
Epperley says many customers don’t view the elegant department store as a local business, but it very much is. What started as a small space in 1916 on downtown Kansas City’s Petticoat Lane has since evolved into a unique retail experience in Crown Center, home of the corporate headquarters of its parent company, Hallmark.
Local Roots, Global Brands
Given Halls’ enduring local roots (more than 100 years in business!), the convergence of locally owned retail with worldwide fashion juggernauts is especially exhilarating — and, at times, unexpected.
“I think that Kansas City is sometimes dismissed as a city that doesn’t understand fashion, and that’s simply not true,” Epperley says. “At Halls, we’re focused on ensuring we have the best collection of designers in one place.”
Here’s a sampling of brands now available at Halls: Akris Punto, Balmain, Canada Goose, Cult Gaia, Ermenegildo Zegna, Herno, Isaia, Jonathan Simkhai, L’AGENCE, Moncler, Prada, Sea New York, STAUD, Ulla Johnson, Veronica Beard and Wandler.
In addition to welcoming a host of new brands, Epperley says several existing Halls’ lines have been expanded, including Barbour, Vince and Theory.
With cooler temperatures and an uptick in social functions, fall ushers in a renewed focus on personal style. This year, especially, Epperley says that customers are ready to stash their athleisure and step out in style.
“People are out, they’re shopping and ready to upgrade their wardrobes to dress more stylishly, even for occasions like a dinner out,” he says.
5 Favorite Fall Fashion Trends
As you evolve your own look at Halls, keep an eye out for these fall fashion trends:
Live it up: To satisfy a pent-up demand to dress up, designers are going all out with sequins, metallic, leather, cutouts and embellishments to add just the right amount of flair.
Loose cuts: Skinny jeans are a style staple, but this season also ushers in looser-fitting denim styles, including boot-cut, flared and boyfriend fits.
The handbag: Nothing quite perks up a wardrobe like a statement-making handbag. This season, hobo and baguette are the silhouettes of choice in a range of sizes and textures.
Modern nostalgia: Most fashion trends will eventually come full circle. This fall, indulge in a trip down memory lane with modern takes on decade-specific looks: ’70s tonal dressing and suiting, ’80s strong shoulders, and ’90s Clueless-inspired schoolgirl chic.
Colors to covet: This fall, must-have hues include sophisticated luxe neutrals like camel, almond and sage. Add a pop of optimism with marigold, magenta or lavender. For an energizing element, look for metallics, splatter paint, and the bold, timeless appeal of true red.
Save the Date: Halls Style Event, Oct. 7-10
Plan your Halls’ shopping spree during the annual Halls Style Event, which features women’s fashion and jewelry trunk shows so that you can get an up close and personal look at some of fall’s most fashionable options. Visit www.Halls.com for a full Style Event lineup.