Fall's hottest trends take gender cues from the past

Model Bay Berger in a Tom Ford jacket and pants, $2,390 and $990; Lanvin lace-ups, $995; and Phillip Lim blouse, $425, all from Neiman Marcus. Fashion styling by Joy Sewing. Photo by Gary Coronado / Chronicle Every few years, women dip into men's closets for trends. It's happening again this fall. Menswear-inspired looks, from pin-striped suits to loafers, are bringing masculine energy to the season. The New York runways were filled with elegantly structured pantsuits in tweed, herringbone and other rich patterns with hues of black, navy, chocolate and gray. Even mismatched suiting in colorful patterns added punch to the collections. Designers who got the menswear memo, or likely created it, run the gamut from Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney to Dior and Chanel. While this could be considered the year of the pantsuit, Victorian-inspired femininity is having an equally engaging moment, with ruffles, lace, granny booties and high collars.

Model Bay Berger in a Tom Ford jacket and pants, $2,390 and $990; Lanvin lace-ups, $995; and Phillip Lim blouse, $425, all from Neiman Marcus. Fashion styling by Joy Sewing. Photo by Gary Coronado / Chronicle

Every few years, women dip into men's closets for trends.

It's happening again this fall. Menswear-inspired looks, from pin-striped suits to loafers, are bringing masculine energy to the season.

The New York runways were filled with elegantly structured pantsuits in tweed, herringbone and other rich patterns with hues of black, navy, chocolate and gray. Even mismatched suiting in colorful patterns added punch to the collections.

Designers who got the menswear memo, or likely created it, run the gamut from Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney to Dior and Chanel.

While this could be considered the year of the pantsuit, Victorian-inspired femininity is having an equally engaging moment, with ruffles, lace, granny booties and high collars.