Do your own thing. That’s the overwhelming message for fall 2010 from designers, who marched to their own fashion beat-- which means you should too. Here’s an overview of what we saw on the runways:
-Black: It is king for next season. Thankfully, it looks good on most everybody and many collections spotlighted it such as Donna Karan (her collection was called, “Forever Black”) and Vera Wang, who called her runway “The Bride wore Black.” ) There were other neutrals – a bit of white, nude and grey. If you love color there are some pops – in the pink family, sunny yellows, blues of different shades, red and a shot of Bordeaux.
-Layering: Wispy little undershirts were the base and then designers piled it on. At Peter Som it was everything but the kitchen sink and Ralph Lauren used lightweight turtlenecks under flowered dresses.
-Menswear: You’re not going for a total structured look, but blazers and trousers are key this season especially when mixed with ladylike touches. Diane von Furstenberg wanted to live a man’s life in a woman’s body and to that end glammed up traditional menswear looks with feminine flourishes. And DKNY went for boyfriend blazers and pants.
-Cozy sweaters: For the last couple of seasons, the economy has dictated seasonless dressing. Not so for fall 2010, where the sweaters are massive – sometimes worn as dresses – and warm.
-Draping: Designers have experimented with controlling fabrics in new ways and sometimes they seem to have a life of their own.
-Furs and shearlings: Some went nuts with oversized furs (Michael Kors, Peter Som, Zac Posen) with much fox, while others used bits and pieces as trim on coats and dresses. And shearlings reined supreme.
-The skinny: The legging is back, lean and sometimes mean – sometimes in stretch materials and also in leather with new finishes, often topped with chunky tunics and sweaters.
-Texture: The new interest on all those black clothes, sheen, pebbly sparkle, ribbing, fringes, distressed finishes, make you take a second look. And check out the varied sleeve treatments on many a look - nothing plain -- but lots of contrast -- fabrics and fur.
-Sparkle: Lots of glitter and fun, oodles of sequins and chunks of crystal add glam to dresses and tops.
-Accessories: The giant hand-knit chunky scarf is key. Also separate hoods, sometimes contrasting with the outerwear have a cool, new aviator look. For chic warmth welcome back leg warmers. And in the foot department – heels and plaforms are towering. Ouch.
Photo credit: AP Photo/BEBETO MATTHEWS