For your consideration, here are my picks from New York fashion week. Are they indicative of the trends for the fall? Who knows… I’m not always sure what the trends are. My brain just doesn’t see the big picture that way – when I look, it’s all about me! I don’t tend to look at fashion and say, “Oh, I see that satins, stripes and sapphire blue are in this year.” I see something I like and say, “That’s me!”
Watching the Oscars it was easy to tell that white and cream, particularily when offset by sequins, was THE look for the red carpet this award season. But as I made my way through the Fall 2009 ready to wear shows, whenever an outfit spoke to me, it spoke to ME. It embodied my current sense of style: it featured my favorite silhouette or color; it made me think of a favorite movie or musical moment; it made me say, “oh… that is me!”
So I guess that my criteria for picking the looks below. Each of them said to me, “I’ve got ‘Letitia Walker’ written all over me.”
What don’t I love about this look! From the librarian glasses underneath that birdcage veil to the perfection of that shade of blue to the black lace at the hem to the 50s party dress silhouette. I’m even secretly loving the over the knee stockings.
Hitchcock usually went for the blondes: Tippi Hendren, Grace Kelly, Janet Leigh, Kim Novak. Only Suzanne Pleshette stands out in my memory as a Hitchcock brunette. But if I were the brunette in a Hitchcock film, I hope I would get to have these Chris Benz’ pieces as my wardrobe.
Another nod to the 50s party dress underscored by the choice of fabric referencing black illusion lace so popular for cocktail dresses during that era. But pairing that black chiffon with that clunky-chunky, crazy-wide belt and the absolutely to die for “military” coat, this look becomes thoroughly post-modern. In times of war, we must wear armor but at least we’ve got a party dress on underneath.
Camilla Staerk names Patti Smith in her Horses era as photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe as her inspiration for this collection. That’s good enough for me… And if that beautiful motorcycle jacket wasn’t enough, it’s toughened up (or maybe femmed up?) by a lovely aluminum floral brooche from Japanese designer Shinji Nakaba.
Right now I’m an absolute sucker for graphic tees featuring heart designs. I love the whole Cabaret feel to thi ensemble as well. I think there’s a little bit of Joel Grey in this one with the hat, scarf and the pinstripes. Is it truly wearable as a look or is it just a leftover from an Alternative Apparel ad campaign? Hard to say… Do I want those leopard booties…. I think I might….
thanks for reading,