I’m taking what I learned from the Spring ’08 shows and exploring how to make some of those trends work this fall.
If you’re like me, it’s hard to wait a season to try the new looks you’re currently seeing on the runway. And after attending New York Fashion Week, it’s impossible. So now that I’ve had a chance to let everything sink in, I’m deciding which I’m definitely going to try, which I’ll probably avoid and what I can incorporate into my wardrobe this fall. Although the designers were showing Spring/Summer, it’s fun to pick apart the details and look for them in jackets, dresses, pants and shoes that you’ll be buying as the weather gets cooler.
All About The Collar
As reported in the SCS blog, a very present spring trend was petal collars and an overall focus on the neckline. Get ahead of the curve this winter with an exaggerated collar jacket like Stella McCartney’s cotton hooded cropped jacket with oversized hood. Or try Rebecca Taylor’s leopard rolled neck coat. Look for collars that are tall, asymmetrical or for broad, off-the-shoulder styles.
The New York spring shows showed a plethora of menswear-inspired clothing, and in particular, a lot of vested looks. One of the most interesting approaches I saw was the vest on vest, demonstrated by YoungMeagher at the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion show. If that’s not your bag then invest in Nicholas K’s Powell jacket with detachable vest and stay warm, too.
The Power Shoe
There were some serious shoes going on in New York. And they were substantial, complicated and chunky. That’s right – chunky. But this time around, chunky doesn’t mean clunky. Instead, spring’s footwear is deluxe with astonishing detail and impressive construction. Everything from sandal booties and gladiator pumps to colorblock peep toes pranced down the runway and with each step, made me wish spring was truly just around the corner. To suppress my shoe desire, I’ll try black patent pumps with solid wood heels like the Yves Saint Laurent Charlotte pump. Forget the power suit, it’s all about the shoe.
A Fashionable Journey
Safari-inspired clothing is back in a major way. Amped up from the early days of Banana Republic’s t-shirts and khakis, spring’s safari is full of organic prints, bursts of natural, but bold colors and eco-friendly materials. I loved Behnaz Sarafpour’s take on the modern expedition, but since these clothes aren’t available yet, I’ll settle for Tibi’s shirt dress for only $177 at net-a-porter.com.
Good luck applying spring’s trend for fall…I hope you pull off a fashion trend first!
A. Stella McCartney Cotton Hooded Cropped Jacket
B. Rebecca Taylor Coat
C. YoungMeagher from GenArts Fresh Faces New York Spring 08 Fashion Week, nymag.com
D. Nicolas K Powell Jacket with Detachable Vest
E. Proenza Schouler Runway Shoe, New York Spring 08 Fashion Week, style.com
F. Charlotte Pumps
G. Behnaz Sarafpour Runway, New York Spring 08 Fashion Week, style.com
H. Tibi Safari Dress