It’s October. One of the month’s many implications is that it’s not September any longer. And one of the many characteristics of September is a rash of Fashion Weeks, in New York, London, Milan.
Come October, do we care? The answer might be yes.
Certainly few of us review these shows with an eye to actual purchases. There are cars to buy and tuitions to fund. Must we then slap our laptops closed and cry, “Fie on you, designers! Bah humbug to parades of tall skinny models in brutal shoes! I care naught for your sequined eye decorations, your feathers, your organza!”
I’ve been a dedicated follower of fashion every since I first picked up a Glamour Magazine in 1968 and here are my tips on what we might call The October Issue. In other words, what do the real people, the Sturdy Gals, Artsy Cousins, and all but the Grandest of Dames, do with fashion shows?
We use what my mother used to call our noggins.
- Choose a collection of designers whose work you usually like. For me that’s been Prada, Dries van Noten, Armani, Narciso Rodriguez, Chanel, Lela Rose, and Tory Burch. If I had to look at all the shows I’d require rehabilitative sedation, but these few reveal what I want to know.
- Browse your selection. Style.com is a fantastic resource.
- Ask yourself, “Am I taking orders from the Fashion Industry on what to wear?” Answer with a resounding “No!” Remind yourself,
- I am only finding out if what I ALREADY like will be deeply and broadly available.
- I am only determining which general silhouette directions, approaches to color and pattern, and quirky little specifics I might want to explore.
For example, a few looks from Prada, Armani, and Rodriguez.
At Prada, we can recognize two interesting themes. First, the cocoon shape. Raf Simons started it in his last show for Jil Sander. I’d expect this silhouette to start showing up here and there in mainstream clothing lines. My midlife waistline says, “Thank you.”
Second, the use of singular and identifiable nature motifs. J. Crew is already doing it with the French Hen sweater. Miuccia Prada brings on the daisies, and the somewhat poignant dandelion-gone-to-seed.
Armani, on the other hand, gives us blue shades and skirts over pants…
as well as an ongoing flirtation with the sheer. Even those who eschew clear pants might take a sheer top, well-camisoled, for a spin.
Finally, Narciso Rodriguez sends word that color blocking is not yet dead. And by color blocking, I mean the use of shades that might clash a tad, side by side, to beautiful effect. If one has no occasion for gold and silk chemises, this effect is easily achieved with layered tees, or a shirt against a jacket.
The best thing about September’s Fashion Weeks is October’s daydreams. No plans to make, no budgets to draft no orders to follow. Just a watch a notion or two float by like brocade leaves, and say, “Hmm.”
Please take a look here, for other style posts on October.
All images via Style.com