Bryant Park is exploding with spring at this very moment, while I’m still debating on new pieces I need for fall. Fashion doesn’t necessarily follow the daylight savings time mantra we are all used to abiding by: Instead of â€œSpring forward, fall behindâ€, it’s more like, â€œSpring forward OR fall behindâ€. Why do we always feel the pressure of being ahead of the current trend, or being in the forefront of starting our own?
I admit I get sucked into what’s HOT right now just like the next fashion maven. However, I don’t look as far forward as I once did â€” in fact, this fall I’m trying to look backwards. Spring 2009 might be strutting down the runway, but I’m looking for deals from runways past.
Yes there are some trends that I feel are better left in last season; however there are many that I am seeing carry over. Ruffles, a lively color palette, belts, draping and classic fits are everywhere from what’s been displayed thus far â€” many similarities to what I see appearing on sales racks now. So why purchase a brand new item from a recycled look, when I can buy last season’s look at much a more frugal-forward price point?
5. Philosophy di Albert Ferretti
Retail: $675 Sale: $405
6. Y-3 Ruched Running Tank
Retail: $225 Sale: $159
7. Donna Karan Bi-Color Halter Dress
Retail: $3,495 Sale: $2,621.25
8. Helmut Lang Silk Parachute Trench Coat
Retail: $725 Sale: $435
9. Cynthia Steffe Keyhole Dress
Retail: $230 Sale: $115
10. Moschino Cheap & Chic Flared Ruffle Dress
Retail: $735 Sale: $367.50
11. Juliana Jabour Collar Dress
Retail: $281 Sale: $140.50
To view coverage from our current coverage of Spring 2009 Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, log on to: Second City Style Blog
To compare to more of last year’s looks, check out: NY Fashion Week Spring ’08