Brass buttons, gold braid — think marching band meets military school cadet for fall. Vivienne Tam showed slim-fitting pantsuits with a military edge. Walter (the girls from The City love him) showed military-inspired jackets and coats (above), Nanette Lepore had military detailing on her coats and jackets, KMart showed a military gray wool jacket, Tibi had a military styled dress. Charlotte Ronson paraded a green army twill jacket with a terry hood down the runway and L.A.M.B paired a military jacket with skinny jeans. Tibi, Stephen Burrows, Vena Cava, Temperley London all showed capes, which are inspired by French Gendarmes, musketeers and military types. This look is best softened with feminine separates or jewelry. No one wants to be saluted when they’re trying to be chic.
Glitter is good! We saw every shade of metallic from deep smoky silver to bronze, copper and gold. Metallic threads were woven into outerwear like Tracy Reese’s black lacquered funnel neck coat and Tommy Hilfiger’s silver threaded peacoat, as well as dresses like Toni Francesc’s silver-accented column gown and Pamella Roland’s gold embroidered deep-V gown (above). Vivienne Tam had a soft bronze and sheer horizontal blouse that she paired with black pants. Glitter also showed up as sequin and stone accents on everything from outerwear to jeans. Remember, you can mix two metallic shades — a silver shoe and a gold bag for example, but any more than that is overkill.
Now, before you go into a blind panic and torch this past season’s clothing, take a deep breath and relax. The good news is that a lot of the basic trends from this past fall – velvet, animal prints, leggings and slim-fitting body-conscious looks will still be around next fall. And a little altering on hemlines can make a dress or skirt go from “so five minutes ago” to “fashion forward.”
Tell us: Are you ready for micro-minis?