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Issue No. 82
by shop girl
September 12, 2008

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Fashion Week: How to Integrate Emerging Trends Now

The good news is that it’s New York Fashion Week. The bad news is that the season they’re showing is still eight months away. The good news is that there are lots of flattering cuts to hide your figure flaws: loose tops for soft bellies; swishy chiffon skirts for imperfect legs, even (god help us) gathered-hipped pants for those with a little extra baggage in the upper thigh area. The bad news is that the overall silhouette is much slimmer than in recent years – not as much contrast between top-and-bottom as this summer. The good news is that the Marchesa collection was so gorgeous I could hardly breathe. The bad news is that I’m not an Oscar-nominated actress with the stylist, the occasion, or the budget for a single one of those dresses.

The bad news is that you can’t buy any of these fabulous things yet. The good news is that you can lean in the direction of all the wonderful confections on the runways this week by shopping wisely now and incorporating hints of next spring’s delights in your fall wardrobe. Think how prescient everyone will think you when they go out next year to buy the same pieces you’ve been wearing since Fall ’08! You fashion-forward genius, you.

Runway Trend: Boyfriend blazers at DKNY, DVF, Abaeté, Tibi, Peter Som,

Fall 2008 Version: Boyfriend cardigan sweaters. Wear with a tank, a button-front, a scarf and skinny pants in the layered look, or simply over a sweet sweater dress and tights. Dress it up for work sexy-secretary-style with a bowed blouse, a pencil skirt, and a cinched-waist belt.

Runway Trend: Colorblock black-and-brights dresses at DKNY

 

Fall 2008 Version: Colorblock black-and-jewel-tone knits. Whether you wear two pieces (turtleneck or a great knit jacket over grey flannels) or one (dynamite and snuggly knit dress), you’ll be sure to hit the fall look spot-on. Add tights in a tonal color (berry with purple) or grey for a new touch, and jump into a pair of high-heeled oxfords or shooties. (Never thought I’d like ‘em last year, but I’m converted now. Hey, even a guru can make a mistake now and again.)

Runway Trend: Delicate florals in pretty spring colors at DVF, Oscar de la Renta

Fall 2008 Version: Graphic florals in somber rich colors and neutrals; even greys. Painterly florals get a shot in the arm for fall in jewel-tones and on dark grey or black backgrounds. Look for a soft blouse to wear with a pencil skirt, or ground a swishy dress with a cardigan and high riding boots.

Runway Trend: Pastel denims rolled to cropped length at Gap

Fall 2008 Version: Bright denims, if you dare! Cobalt blue, rich red, bottle green or regal purple. Try them for evening with a white tee and a black cutaway tuxedo jacket. And please, people, pair them with neutrals. Too much matching will make you look like you’re heading for a morning of canasta with the ladies.

Runway Trend: Feminine details at Tuleh, Thakoon, Carolina Herrera, Nanette Lepore

Fall 2008 Version: Ruffles. Add a soft Victorian-flavor blouse to a slim jacket and sharp pants, or track down a sleek shift dress with one soft flash of detail. If you’re up to the challenge, add a few more rows of ruffles, but make sure to keep your other details (shoes, hair, makeup, jewelry) on the crisp and sleek side to avoid retro, costume-y references.

Runway Trend: Modern, clean lines at Proenza Schouler, Luca Luca, Max Azria

Fall 2008 Version: 1993-redux Minimalism. Have to admit that I’m a little biased towards this look. I love the emphasis on luxurious fabrics like a rich flannel or a luscious merino knit, unadulterated by extraneous detail. This is an especially rich look with the moody berry and violet tones that are all over the place this fall.

Runway Trend: Clompy heels and platforms at every. single. show.

Fall 2008 Version: Clompy heels and platforms. I know in my heart that these enormous shoes are impractical, and ask any man; he’ll tell you they’re ridiculous. But I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m smitten. I love the swingy loose dress with tights and big shooties, or a slim pencil skirt with peep-toes, or Marlene-Dietrich-y menswear tweed wide-legs with a big stack-heeled pump. If loving them is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Runway Trend: Sporty at Chris Benz, Miss Sixty, BCBG, Philosophy

Fall 2008 Version: Sporty. Mostly jackets in unexpected fabrications or worn in unusual combinations with soft dresses or more traditional pieces like menswear trousers, but equally sassy with skinny jeans and a turtleneck and high boots.

Runway Trend: Dresses at Tracy Reese, DVF, Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi

Fall 2008 Version: Dresses! Jewel-tone colors in rich silk work for day or night. Choose a long skirt or a short one, a slim fit or loose and swingy. Bring a dress down with casual boots or dress it up with high-vamp sandals. There’s one for every occasion, and you have to love one-piece dressing. So easy!

There were also hints of a return to lingerie styling á là Gaultier and Madonna, and tons of ’80s references, including large, square, tucked-in tops with rolled short sleeves, sparkly lamé fabrics, jumpsuits (gag me with a spoon!) and rolled, tapered pants. Are there really no new ideas in fashion? Some of these collections looked like In-Wear from 1986, I’m not exaggerating. Bad news: we’ll be seeing a whole new generation of girls embarrassing themselves with paper-bag waists and forty-seven belts and Keds with no laces. Good news: Except for the huge hair, maybe they won’t laugh so hard at our yearbook photos anymore!

Shop Happy,

Shop Girl

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