Whatto buy now that will take you into this winter and next? Texture! Shine! Black! Grey! They were all over the runways in London and New York in last week’s winter 08 shows. Look for strong, architecturalshapes and interesting fabrics. Another key trend is a narrow, sleekand lean silhouette. Say au revoir to fatty arbuckle, voluminous sackdresses, and pregnant with triplets empire tops. Say bonjour totailoring, high waists and a longer length. My tip? Time to stop eatingright now, your muffin top can no longer be hidden away.…
Witchery: is on the money for fashion that’s clean, simple but with a straight forward fashion edge. Invest now for winter in the wool blend ribbed tights $39 and the black and white knitted zig-zag scarf $59. We love the accessories. Buy the vintage inspired cuff - all black metal with a thin gold stripe across the front $39; and multiples of the large oblong shaped resin cuff in mulberry or black $39. Say thanks to Marni when you throw on the wood buckle belt $49. In the bags check out the cool, everyday bag in black leather with gold zippers, everywhere $269.95.Groovealicious. The plastic hard case clutch (from last year) is back in the colour of mulberry, and divine $69. In the clothing look for the silk panelled and jersey singlet with sequins $139 and a navy silk voluminous blouse with crystal bead detail $149.95. Luxe for less. Embellishment is still a big trend for the season. It’s about taking evening wear fabrics and wearing them for day. Mix it up! The luxuriously cosy fine knit grey marle cardigan is very Tina Chow 1980’s and now so right now. Especially for $129. Or try the brown long-line cardi $89. You must have the fabulous black leather jacket ever seen in any high-street store $599. It has a snazzy overlap front panel with neck tabs. If you get what I mean. The cotton/spandex tuxedo jacket in black with single button closure is a great buy at $149.95.
Still very Boho here – that’s OK as it channels London high street. You can mix colours and pieces to do the boho-luxe looks seen on the catwalks. Mix it up to make your own look. You should buy the leather bomber jacket in black $299 and the ultra cool cream afghan gilet which is 100% wool and very warm $199. Take them both home and look at them adoringly until it’s gets really cold. Love the high waisted, dark denim shorts cropped to the knee $79. Accessorise these with fabulous legs. If you did not buy yourself long, sexy legs last season then it’s probably good to cry now. Then wipe away the tears, put away the almond croissant and look for more opaque tights. Checkout the hooded sleeveless vest in bottle green, or grey-marl; It’s a chunky knit with a waist tie $79. You want the silk black printed Brooklyn blouse $99 with a cute tie up neck and button trim. Plus for cute basic why not go for one of the many vintage inspired tee’s in assorted colours from $19.95? The favourite? The owl print tee. Best buys in accessories : Love the large leather belts in brown or black for an incredible $39.95; perfect for the budget challenged - and the technicolour scarf $19.95. Check out the large mud-coloured leather bag with a front pocket with a large button. Very college-chic $49.95. You want the metal disc belt in tan leather with large gold metal discs on the front. It’s Marni at a fraction of the cost $39.95. Buy up basics like the footless tights in black or fuchsia $14.95. Excellent. Hint: these are not leggings. They are toe less tights and socks a la Prada (pictured left).
I spy a very cute knit dress with a wide stripe, almost a Cacharel look to it. The wide horizontal stripes are in red, silver, pink, grey and gold. It has a V neck and is a little short and the outrageous price of $39. How very cheap but chic. Also while you are there invest in the chic, long grey cardigans; to be worn as dresses Stella Macartney style $49.95. This is not typo. Wear it as Stella showed it on the runway (pictured left) over a white shirt, with bright red heels. Also check out the classic, short sleeve, stripe tee in black and white, or grey and red $24. A stripe tee will razz up any sad boring jacket. I also spy a fabulous cut trench for the budget conscious for $99. Buy it in stone or black.
Check out the grey tailored suit jackets $249; the sexy black Taffetta trench $129 and the black fake fur chubby. This is not a rude word if you are a fashion editor. A chubby is a short fur jacket. This one is particularly short and cropped $159. The long oversized cardigan a la Stella (see above) is a great buy $89 and so the calico tie front short sleeve blouse in black or white for about $89. Check out the safari jacket a la YSL (Betty Catroux pictured in YSL safari, 1969 left) for $129. Safari s a big story for next summer and this is a great buy if you want to look chic and tailored but don’t want to do the suit jacket thing. Also you will love the stone safari style dress with tortoiseshell buttons and patch pockets $129. Love the orange zip through cardigan knit mini dress $79 and the leather bomber jackets in choc brown or black $349.
Very classic here and remember the trousers look great on every one. I should know. I have changed many lives taking personal shoppers here. The classic suit pant is $189 and the classic suit jacket $399 (pictured left). Checkout the orange satin tee $139, a great burst of colour ; and the grey knit short sleeve sweater dresses that look like they don’t actually cling too much. Scientific tests have not proved so don’t sue me. Try on with care if you have any bulges where you shouldn’t. $199. I see they have reissued the fabulous grey twill bomber jacket from last season; still so right with a self belt and a zip. $299. A great piece to do the casual chic look with a pencil or full skirt. There is a trench here too. Buy the awfully chic and nicely understated black patch pocket straight skirt with its own little belt. A more interesting skew of the classic skirt $159. Tick that one for work.
They are bursting at the seams here with black, grey and more black and grey. Best pieces are short sleeve jackets in a tweed $249, with a little loose shape and blazers. Love the fabulous dresses. My picks are the brown and black chiffon two tone, sleeveless dress with a self belt $229 and the Roland Mouret esque tweed dress – chic at $209 with cap sleeves and a wide neckline. Love the brocade bronze and black sleeveless dress $229. Hint: Please be careful about any scoop or boat neckline. They will age you about ten years. This is a scientific fact. Sorry. Buy the grey cotton puffa with toggles $269; very Burberry worn with tough, sexy heels and long gloves. Ditto the short belted tafftetta trench $299. Love the silver lurex skirt $219. Invest in the fine knit sweaters about $89. I like the black parka $429 but yawn! Surely – surely - you have already bought one. Regular FiFi report readers know I have been talking about parkas for 2 years now. And I don’t need to tell you how to wear it. (Answer: with heels, belted in. Not for bush walking).
Check out clutch bags, very Marni with a tortoise shell clasp, in black $149; as well as the black patent wedges with a sling back , peep toe and a raffia edge. Which is a nice idea as it breaks up all the black and adds a little texture $228. There are $268 black lace up shoe boot flower (pictured left) or the Mary Jane wedge in black patent $268. Sick of teetering around in heels? Buy the very Lanvin black patent elastic side flats, so chic and you will find the scene is so difffernt closer to earth $168. Also buy the bronze round toe wedges $248. Bronze is almost a neutral these days and works so well with choc brown , black and any colour. Check out the very Chloe-esque peep toe black patent sling backs with the signature wooden stacked block heel. No teetering there. $198. Buy the red patent sling back wedges with a peeptoe and add a bit of an eclectic edge to your look $238. Please don’t be worried about peep toes going into winter. In heels and wedges your feet are too high off the ground to get wet. And wearing black opaques is cool with open toes or sling backs. Love the metallic ballet flats with a fabric rose on the toe. $228 So very next season romance.
You will find alot great pieces here to wear right now and into winter. Best pieces are black dress with the black square neck with black jet beads in silk $249 with cute cap sleeves. The zip front cotton dress is new and looks just right for wearing now $159. The zip is right down for good easy access for George Clooney. Plus it has cute cap sleeves and patch pockets. Wear with your favourite wedges, grab a bag and out the door you go. Remember the undies if your name is not Britney. Look out for the handy zip grey cotton bomber $129; wear with a pencil skirt and heels. Mix up the sporty with the chic. It looks modern. Invest in the handy grey cotton chinos $129; so right with a bomber or a blazer and a soft pretty blouse. Love the Black cocoon jacket , very YSL/ Lanvin – it has ¾ ballon sleeves and looks very couture with double breasted buttons and no collar. A fab price. $229. Don’t forget the chic weekend wear collection here: excellent ! The velour zip hoodie is almost a classic now $89 , but go to the dark grey. There are fab grey marle shorts, tops and track pants. Perfect for these rainy days at home relaxing. Who said anything about exercise? You want the short stone, collarless trench with a low belt and ¾ sleeve $199 , the black double breasted trench, the wet look black Tee $139 and the grey knit Tee. I bought it and I have not taken it off. Why? It skims over the clafoutis still sitting on my waist (see recipes below). Love the clutch bags in a burnt orange (orange is a big colour at the New York shows for next winter). Also buy the black patent flat round toe boots $299 and the huge cable knit oversized wool scarf, so very ‘Giles’ and so right for winter. They are both fabulous.
Lyell from NYC has arrived arrived here just in time for the Australian winter. You will adore the intricate knit lurex and black dress with a high neck $455; the divine black poly-mix Victorian blouse $495 with a peter pan collar and small capped sleeves and the chic de la chic navy wool double breasted coat (pictured left) – A dream! $850. Love, love, love the APC woollen pocket long sleeve tops in orange or blue $330 and the APC black skinny leg new cure jean $240. For skinny legs.Sorry. Check out the Rittenhouse lattice print ink and rust skirt $240 and the Gary Birgini black long sleeved knit wool dress $290 and a short sleeved wool/jersey dress $290. Lovely.
What the Critics Said About New York Fashion Week, and What They Really Meant…from www.nymag.com
Fashion reviews come out in a special breed of flowery, pretentious prose that — though fun to read because only they could come up with it — makes very little sense to fashion outsiders.
So we’ve selected some of our favorite New York Fashion Week excerpts from our favorite critics and translated them into language we hope you understand.
Cathy Horyn on Narciso Rodriguez:
Design is a long process for people of Mr. Rodriguez’s age and experience, and to an extent this collection expressed the dangers of that inanely hopeful phrase “staying true to oneself.” He seemed locked in a tug of war between creating shapes that reflected his tailoring and sexy, minimalist aesthetic and his desire to challenge himself with other proportions and moods. The upshot was a collection that felt imaginatively constrained — not isolated exactly, but not as expansive as it should be for a designer of his stature.
What it means: Rodriguez, who is 47 years old and has manned his own label since 1998, needs to step further outside his comfort zone. Otherwise, he’s in danger of boring us. Please, Narciso, do something new!
Robin Givhan on Marc Jacobs:
The juxtaposition of such sober clothes with the grunge rock of Sonic Youth provided a metaphor of sorts for the struggle to blend Jacobs’s rebellious past with the present, for how a slacker fits into corporate life. Dissertation topic: How does the fall 2008 Marc Jacobs show represent the shift in popular culture and the corporate structure to reflect a post-boomer world?
What it means: Just so you know, Jacobs’s "rebellious past" includes family problems, drug and alcohol abuse, and rehab. But his fall ‘08 collection was the opposite of punk — certainly not what we’d expect Sonic Youth fans to wear. Yet Sonic Youth still played the background music live for the show, making it … a fascinating cultural statement!
Suzy Menkes on Donna Karan:
It’s all about illusion," said Karan to describe the layers of semi-sheer, gauzy fabrics. She then threw out "decadent" and "naughty" to encompass the languorous, iridescent silks and velvets with a hint of Art Nouveau in their saffron and ruby colors. Where a hefty rag-rug coat fitted into the scenario was un-clear. But Karan’s "soft wear" looked fresh.
What it means: Many of Karan’s pieces were naughty because they were see-through. The yellows and reds Karan used are not uncommon in Art Nouveau floral patterns (the movement was all about curvy, swirly designs and floral-inspired motifs). The giant shaggy, multicolored carpet explosion of a coat made no sense, but we would nonetheless totally love to be those crazy ladies who walk around Soho wearing stuff like that.