SHOWS, SHOWS, SHOWS! This is the season for major designer exhibitions from New York to Europe to Asia. So far, what we’ve seen of the American fashion and accessories choices has been spectacular, albeit strange in some instances!
New York offered more than we have ever seen before, and the fantastic deluge might get almost wearisome if it weren’t for the creativity and newness constantly on view. As one industry observer said of New York:
“They were trying to push forward without being too challenging. They have taken a lot of risks, but in a very smart way….”
Or, as a major industry publication aptly called the offerings:
“A tricky path between safe and surprising.” — What more could anyone ask?
Showtime Goes On and On
But…why are we so interested in Fashion Weeks? Because of a simple factor:
This is where trends begin. This is where designers parade their newest ideas in fashion and accessories. This is where you watch the styles, the forms, the fabrics, the colors, the sizes. So, let’s wrap it all up with élan! Two supernova design houses, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, ring in on a final clarion note.
Lauren dedicated his collection to the American worker, and he did it with real style. Maybe the look was a bit dated, sort of 1930s retro, but it was dynamite! Pale blue was the color of choice. Soft, lived-in-looking scarves wrapped cozily around the neck. Bouncy newsboy caps. Striped menswear shirts. And overalls. No, not just jeans. Overalls!
–With it, great looking multi-strand earring drops of delicate blue crystal. Sounds strange, but oh, boy! Does it work!
Jeans with lots of cut outs and rolled up hems were Lauren biggies. Little 1930s retro print dresses with cap sleeves were charming. A gossamer ruffled bottom slip dress in fairly bright blue with spaghetti straps was a reserved tribute to evening wear, with a lacy underskirt and sparkly bejeweled neckline.
Overall, the theme here was America’s “resilient spirit.” The models wore quiet but lovely small drop earrings with some swing. Boys caps predominated. That orange brown, rich leather color Lauren has been known for stayed with this collection, mainly in medium width belts with square metal buckles.
GETTING INTO THE RALPH LAUREN SPRING ACCESSORY MOOD TAKES SOME DOING. THE IDEA IS TO KEEP A CAREFUL EYE ON SIZE, THINK TRADITIONAL, AND EMBRACE BLUE. FOR EXAMPLE:
- Polka dot cabbie hat. Choice of great colors!
FRANCISCO COSTA for Calvin Klein was arty, bohemian, sporty, and unexpected. He worked wonderfully with interesting materials. He drew huge shoulders, almost Balmoral style, and put them on a dress that dropped down to a short straight skirt with big side pockets. A tan dress seemed to further the look, with soft, slouchy jacket, very long sleeves, some ruffles, big shoulders, and a brown and grey under-dress with hitched up short skirt.
Bright yellow was Klein’s hot color, seen in such designs as a straight but full little mini-skirted dress with short sleeves and rumpled, scooped out neck. Very lived-in looking! Have you ever heard that terrific calypso song, “Yellow Bird?” Well that’s the kind of intense but still reserved yellow seen here.
IT IS ALWAYS A SMART IDEA TO COZY UP TO A CALVIN KLEIN FASHION LOOK. THIS IS A STYLE THAT MIXES NEWNESS WITH CLASSIC ELEGANCE IN A REMARKABLE, NEVER-GO-OUT– OF-STYLE WAY. HERE, ACCESSORIES WITH A KLEIN-SOPHISTICATION:
- Large tubular hoop earrings. Attention getters!
- Fashion cuff bracelet. Wow!