There is nothing like being able to have a sartorial sidekick when it comes to attending a fashion show. Besides avoiding all of the uncomfortable moments of solitude where your cell phone becomes your best friend, “I’ll just check my email for the one hundredth time,” you can also plan a full throttle fashion assault on the ready-to-wear world. Plan your outfits in advance to maximize you impact. Bounce styles and trends off each other and focus on each of your best features. Wear matching outfits, or variations on the same look- say the same top in different colors.
But be careful!
The last thing you want to do is look like you both were outfitted by the same meticulous mother who thought it would be fun to dress all her kids exactly alike. The looks have to be harmonious but not like they have been totally though out in advance (even if they were). The real experts at this dressing duo game have taking the challenge to a new level by pairing up with someone of the opposite sex. This opens up a whole new world of opportunity for clothing creativity. But first things first, get your hands on a pair of ticket to a fashion show before you start laying out your two pronged sartorial strategy.
Socks are starting to take the center stage in fashion. No longer just the backdrop to a great pair of shoes, they have become mini statement makers all their own. It might have something to do with the success of the Bravo TV show featuring the stylist Brad Goreski (Rachel Zoe’s former assistant) and his fascination with “pop of color” accents, but socks in bold colors have become all the rage.
They are a bit of a sartorial backlash against the menswear trend of going sockless and they add a quirky twist to strappy sandal, giving that seasonal footwear a longer shelf life than just the hot summer months. Thanks must also be given to the new cuffed trouser trend and the plethora of prints flooding fashion. They have both emboldened fashionistas to empty out their boring old sock drawer and fill it with new pairs in granny apple green, fire engine red and tangerine.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this hot hued hosiery soon coming in bold prints and graphic patterns. But no matter how daring socks might get, wearing a mismatched pair is still a style no no.
It took me a while to understand the appeal of leather pants. Long associated with bikers, cowboys and aging rock stars, leather pants seemed like a style men could pull off easier and not look cheap doing it. Recently I was convinced by a friend to try on a pair of Stouls leather pants by the designer Aurélia Stouls. What got me hooked was that these leather pants were washable. I could throw them in my washing machine at home and never need to take them to the dry cleaners.
And, surprise surpise, once on the leather warms to your skin and is actually more comfortable to wear then jeans. Also advancements in fabric development have made leather stretchable, thus more forgiving and with designer given women leather pants in different cuts and colors their really is no excuse to not have at least one pair of leather pants in your wardrobe.
And who can deny the fact that there is something inherently sexy about leather pants. Silky smooth to the touch and butter soft, the skins have a primal attraction that makes it a clothing version of catnip.
One thing the fashion world loves is customization. How people personalize their most precious and personal objects says a lot about them as individuals.
And what is more personal than a cell phone?
It has become a fashion life line for those traveling the world to cover the catwalk beat. And to add a bit of whimsy into the work place a number of fashion leaders have become smitten by a bunny eared iPhone cover.
There is no better stamp of approval of this mania then the fact that Sarah of Colette uses one on her iPhone. She says, besides being cute, she loved the fact that she can hold the ears while she is talking a runway photo. And the bunny tail attachment for charging is an endearing touch.
The success of the bunny ear covers has spawned a number of other original ideas. Spotted at the most recent round of ready to wear shows were covers in the shape of vintage cassette tapes and mini quilted “Chanel” bags, chain strap included.
All this creativity points to a growing trend to change your iPhone cover as often as you change your handbag. The good news is these covers don’t cost nearly as much as designer bag.
The denim market is always looking for fun new ways to entice us into investing in yet another pair of jeans. From the more subtle style variations (high waisted, no front pockets, boot cut) to the truly inventive (Jeggings and PajamaJeans) there is always something new on the horizon.
The colored jeans trend falls somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.
The fundamental design of the colored denim hasn’t been altered but it’s attitude has. Colored jeans are a sartorial exclamation point. They are loud, they like attention and they make everything around them fad into the background. If you are not a regular wearer of bright hues start out with a shade of blue so that you are still circling around the more classic denim color. If that isn’t a shock to the system then red, green or yellow is the next step.These will always look fun and summery. Only the truly brave should try hot pink. Pair the colored jeans with neutrals or earth tones and if possible with some sort of a pattern. This way there is a cohesiveness to the clothing.
And remember: whichever shade jeans you chose make sure you don’t top off the look with an equally loud top or accessories. The last thing you want to do is look like a walking traffic sign.