The drama and color of Fashion Week is now in my rear veiw mirror, leaving me to wander around stores and wonder what it all means. I have to confess I love the energy and excitement of runway shows. The lights, the music that is so loud and throbbing you can feel it in your feet and the freakishly tall models, linger long after the last glamazon has wobbled away.
Videos and photos of Fashion Week don’t capture this enegy and leave many women confused and irritated. Indeed, where would you wear those white ruffled dresses from Thom Browne, those suits with tiny shorts or the ruffled marbleized print coats? When the average woman wears size 12 or larger why are all the styles meant for giants with 4% body fat?
The Truth about Fashion Week
But here is the truth about Fashion Week. Its not a clothes catalog, but a parade of ideas and innovations. For example, those wild oversize prints are the result of new technologies that allow manufacturers to produce on a mass market levels, fabrics that were once available only in insanely expensive couture fabrics. Those gold mini dresses and shorts that blazed on the runway will not work for a job interview or to pick up my granddaughter from Mozel Tots. But if I adopted the gold theme in a pair of flats, they would take my jeans fashion forward.
Another popular runway trend was accordian skirts. On the runway they were often shown with crop tops and lurid color combinations. But imagaine them in black with a crisp white shirt and its fresh, flattering and totally wearable.
And then there are the colors of Fashion Week. Many designers used icy pastels like mint sherbert. IRL we are heading into winter and boots and scarves are on our fashion radar. But think ahead nine months and imagine a mint sherbert linen overblouse over a pair of white pants ( another trend) with a pair of gold flats. Instant fashionista.
One final thought. Keep in mind that it will be about six months before most of these new iseas will filter down to most store racks. Zara, the clothing store chain from Spain, seems to wired directly to the runways, are usually the first to translate Fashion Week from fantasy into affordable options for real life.