Posted on August 1st, 2008
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Quote: “It’s hip to be peplumed this Fall. In reviving this dressmaker’s conceit, so popular in the forties, designers shone a spotlight on the waist. Jackets, dresses and skirts all benefited from this soft architecture, which carved natural womanly curves into newly stylish silhouettes at Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Lanvin, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent.”
Decoded: OK, quick fashion history lesson: a peplum is a short skirt attached to, or extending from a garment just below the waist, covering the hips. This style was very popular in the 40’s and it looks like it’s making a comeback this Fall.
Quote: “The fashion flock’s native habitat may be city streets, but this season, designers have gone mad for plaid and discovered a need for tweed. Dries Van Noten, Karen Walker, Alexander McQueen, and Thakoon all said “Check please.” while Carolina Herrera, Richard Chair, and Michael Kors layered a tactile mix of tweed, velvet, shearling, and fur. Has there ever been a chicer way to ward off a damp chill on the moorlands?”
Decoded: Plaids and tweeds are going to be big this season. For an extra trendy look, mix and match them with one another and wear them in layers.
Quote: “From mid-calf to floor-grazing, the lean and mean silhouette was among the freshest on the Fall runways. The look was layered- the long paired with the even longer- at Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, and Erin Fetherston. The long and lean L’Wren Scott, meanwhile, came up with a rail-slim coat that was just made for her elegant six-foot frame.”
Decoded: From skirts to dresses to pants to coats, long hemlines have entered the scene in full force so you’ll want to stock up, and layer this look.
Quote: “A less-is-more philosophy is embedded in the DNA of Clavin Klein, Jil Sander, Narciso Rodriguez, and Prada, and all obliged for Fall with beautiful paired-down and precise visions. But this season, even fanciful types felt the urge to clean house. Stefano Pilati swapped his romantic notions for stark, architectural tailoring at Yves Saint Laurent, while Alber Elbaz spun plain into exquisitely pretty at Lanvin.”
Decoded: Simply put: if you’re not into mixing and layering busy patterns, plain and simple silhouettes are another option that will keep you dressing in style.
Quote: “At about the same time that the Met will be putting its superhero paraphernalia back in storage, fashion-forward females will be preparing to unleash their new Fall power ensembles- a futuristic Balenciaga dress, for instance, or a caped jacket from Rick Owens.”
Decoded: Basically, strong, fanciful outfits that command confidence are a unique way to make a statement this Fall.
Quote: “Having strewn Spring’s runways with flowers, designers remained keen on green for Fall. Foliage flourished in print form at Jean Paul Gaultier, and leaves were laser-cut onto jackets at Fendi. Nature-loving designers Dries Van Noten, Erdem, and Gucci’s Frida Gianni brightened looks with late blooms, while Burberry and Ralph Lauren used feathers to make their dresses take flight.”
Decoded: Remember all those florals we saw this past Spring? Well they’ve spilled over into Fall: flowers, leaves, vines, and even swirls and feathers are jumping in on this trend. If you didn’t get your fill of florals last Spring, here’s your chance to enjoy them to their fullest.