There is nothing like New York Fashion Week in an Arctic freeze. It forces Fashionistas to use all their style skills to look great under real life situations. Open any fashion magazine or catalog and you’ll see smiling people in beautiful clothing with little or no relationsip to real time weather. As a result, unless you are living year round in the South West, you’re left to deal with rain, snow and cold with little helpful style advice. In winter this can mean black puffy coat that adds at least 20 pounds, a hat that squashes your hair and a 24/7 relationship with shapeless waterproof boots.
That was then, this is now. This week Fashionistas finally showed me how to do winter in style and comfort. Winter chic starts at the bottom with footwear. Gone are breathtakingly high stiletto boots. In their place are designer combat boots, fur covered boots, sneaker boots or basic black leather boots with stacked heels and metal trim. The coat of the year is a chunky knee length faux fur or heavy wool. Between the chunky coat and boots, uber skinny jeans or leggings slimmed down and balanced the total look. Hats were on just about every head. There were Russian style fur hats, loose wool caps that don’t flatten out freshly blown out hair, a few floppy felt hats and a scattering of baseball style caps.
Warm and Chic Inside Fashion Week Tents
Under the outerwear, style met weather with dramatic yet warm options. Where once we shivered in sleeveless LBD’s , now chunky sweaters, leather jackets and long sweater dresses keep the Fashion Week attendees warm AND chic.
Traditional winter clothing is often colorful or in a traditional plaid. The new winter style echos the neutral palette of black, beige and white that designers seem to adore. They avoid looking drab with beautiful fit, proportion and touches of luxury like a full fur scarf or hat.