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The recent EMMY AWARDS stayed true to predictions, as fashion took over the show spotlight, almost overwhelming the actual TV winners. It was a spectacular night, the likes of which we have not seen in a number of years.  The fashions were fabulous, even spectacular, albeit somewhat conservative, classic, refined.  There was an air of Old Hollywood about the dresses and their accessories, masterfully designed, exquisitely fitted, overall beautiful.


Bold colors made strong statements.  Brooke Shields was riveting in a long, ruffled-back fuchsia dress and lovely diamond earrings.  Mariska Hargety of Law & Order was shocking in a bright canary yellow evening dress and somewhat small, conservative earrings.  Other big colors in sweeping designer dresses were blue, purple, black and white prints, and hot pink. 


EARRINGS REIGN:  This was a night of long dresses (although there were some short ones) and earrings, some of them big, many of them, very big.  Top couturier names were everywhere, leading with Armani and Badgley Mischka.  Chandelier earrings, especially, were very important.  Kate Walsh of Private Practice wore long crystal chandelier earrings elegantly. Jean Smart of Samantha Who? wore gorgeous long crystal waterfall chandeliers.  Ugly Betty’s Vanessa William’s was anything but ugly in pretty pearl and diamond drop earrings. 


picture by prphotos.com

picture by prphotos.com

A significant absence of necklaces could be detected at the Emmy’s, as practically all attention was given to earrings.  Still, holding on to the hot trendy necklace mood, America Ferrera wore a lovely, chunky blue bead and crystal choker over a sophisticated, simple black dress.  Very dramatic!


The men were in no mood for experimentation, either.  Each looked handsome and gentlemanly in classic tux and, here and there, cool shades. 



FASHION WEEK IN LONDON brought out myriad hot trends to electrify the present Fall and going-forward Spring looks.  Here were pleats as only the English can do them, folds, drapes, cinches, and a continuation of the industry’s big ruffle-mania. The English modern reputation for far-out, wild designs took a far-second place to more refinement with classic designs and shapes. 

BIG, CREATIVE BRACELETS countered the more played down look evident across the runways.  The new Global Look bringing us rapidly through winter and into spring with a   dressier, more put-together look came through strongly here.  A rich brown pantsuit was finished with a little, jaunty hat and a bowed blouse.  A light-weight dress with lacy skirt led the parade at Graeme Black, accessorized by a very big black and red bracelet and a tight-to-the-head cap, very 1930s.   

Hair was very long at the London Show, sometimes pulled back tightly into a chignon, but mostly free-flowing, sometimes even messy-looking. Hair accessories were important. Makeup was played down, with a very white, pale, languid look surfacing.    Fine peach muslin shawls were a big point at Charles Anastase.  An unusually grown-up show from Julien Macdonald centered on a neutral color palette, and a lot of very simple, unembellished shapes. 

HEADBANDS, HEADBANDS:  The ideal answer to unruly long hair?  Get a plain or glitzy headband, and suddenly look chic! With her long blonde hair, Nicole Richie wears a sparkly headband American Indian-style around the forehead.  Peaches Geldof puts a black and white ribbed headband on, preppy-style, to keep her super-light, smoothed straight hair in place.  Isabella Fontana wears a bejeweled headband on her long red hair.  The band slips down in a V-shape on the forehead, giving added pizzazz and charm…a very Old English Court look.


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BACK ON THIS SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC:  Rachel Ray can’t seem to get enough necklace-action!  Seen at the runway shows in New York last week, Ray had on beaded necklace after necklace, running from high choker length to mid-bodice, multi-colored and spectacular!  Who noticed what she was wearing?  The jewelry took all the spotlight.


Alexa Chung wore short shorts, a medium-length jacket over a white blouse, and an absolutely terrific smooth leather tan tote – not too big, not too small!  Genevieve Jones, Stella Schnabel, and Stephanie Seymour were among the many lassies at last week’s fashion gig showing how good (and how bad) belts can look. They all wore dark leather belts of medium width.  Stella, it seems, is much too paunchy for this slim girl look, but the others looked terrific. Just one more indication of how important it is to know your body and to dress to fit it rather than the immediate trend.


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JUMP INTO THE LATEST TREND:   Jumpsuits are big in a big way, with just about every major American designer putting forth his or her own take on the super-popular outfit.  BCBG shows a light grey silk jumpsuit with a very wide black cinch belt. 

Proenza Schouler brought out an ivory-white jumpsuit with slim legs and old-fashioned halter-top design. Worn with the suit:  A small black leather bag hanging from a thin swingy leather shoulder strap, and a thin black belt, very simple, very plain, with a small silver buckle. Diane von Furstenburg showed a tan jumpsuit with a draped blousy top and orange-brown leather belt.  Her model carried a big tan and gold tote and sported a very big flower headband.


      MORE ON JUMPSUITS:  Philip Lim’s idea of what’s IN right now included a pale blue jumpsuit with jacket, multiple strand dark blue beads, and a big polka dot double handle bag in black, white, and tan leather. Carrying on the tan trend in jumpsuits were outfits from Derek Lam and Catherine Holstein, the latter done in a printed, slouchy material with a big brown belt, the former a silk look with lots of ties and buttons.

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