Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fall Fashion Flashes

New York – The End of an Era?? FLASH!! Fashion Week in New York (Sept. 9 to 16) will not be taking place in Bryant Park (see AP photo), but in and around Lincoln Center.

But that’s not all that’s new. Elaborate printed invitations have gone the way of….….well…….last season’s trends. Invitations were sent via e-mail and guests received bar coded confirmations which they must pass through scanners to gain admittance to the Shows. Anna Wintour, don’t leave home without it.

Can a market for all those beautiful vintage invitations, some little works of art in their own right, be far behind? Keep an eye on e-bay.

(l to r: Céline/Dries van Noten)

Prim and Proper Ladies – FLASH!!
With more than a passing nod to “Mad Men”, the lady-like, buttoned down look will be everywhere this Fall. It’s a clean, classic look which can be easily accessorized, or not, and suits almost every body type; however, if you have a little too much tummy and do not have a clearly defined waist, you might want to avoid Dries van Noten’s little shirt waist dress, which is designed to draw attention to a slender waistline.

They’re Back!! – FLASH!!
And just when you thought you’d seen the last of them, pantsuits are back. No novelty for those of us who wore them to the office in the 70s and 80s, the new version is designed to appeal to 20-somethings and 30-somethings for whom the whole idea of tops matching bottoms is a novel concept – like TOTALLY!!!

(l to r: Armani/Chloé/Valentino)

And, just in case you’re thinking you can just pull your old pantsuits out of the back of the closet and be good to go, think again. That boxy jacket with shoulder pads the size of a small Latin American country just will not cut it this Fall. The new silhouette is sleeker, jackets are fitted, fabrics are lighter and unlined and they’ve added a welcome bit of stretch.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it may be time to rediscover ‘em.


  1. Love the new fall clothing and colors that you're showing on your blog. The new styling is very good for my figure ... yes, forget Bolero jackets!

  2. Yes, the new lady-like look is great. One word of caution for those of you lucky ladies with ample bosoms. The buttoned up blouse can sometimes give the impression of one big bosom, which is why bulky turtlenecks can be so unflattering on you.

    If you want to button up this Fall, you need to fill in that area with chunky or several strands of fine necklaces of varying lengths that stop halfway between your neck and your breasts. This will visually break up that space and be much more flattering.

    Give it a try. You'll see the difference!


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