It's that time of year again: time to look through your wardrobe and decide what stays and what goes. With fashion week just around the corner for us New Yorkers it is important to see what exactly it is that we should be wearing. As per the industry's custom much of the upcoming trends are things we have seen before done in a new way.
Clearly nautical stripes are nothing new, but in the upcoming seasons they are coming back in full force. Everyone from J. Crew, who has continued their collaboration with Saint James, to Mauro Grifoni (Fall 2011) and Kitsune (Spring 2012) has shown striped pieces. Even Valentino is utilizing this classic style; note the long-sleeved striped turtle necks seen in the designers Fall 2011 show.
From the runway:
The LWD dominated the spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway shows, most notably Dolce & Gabbana's. Jill Stuart’s take on the LWD included structured silhouettes mixed with ruffles and frills. Azzaro’s show-stopping LWD encompassed a crystal bodice and a tired white silk skirt both united by a large black bow. Monique Lhuillier’s LWD designs were just angelic. Some other LWD designers included Derek Lam, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen (which is in the hands of the deserving Sarah Burton who took over for the late McQueen).
2. For the "everyday" girl: Abercrombie, ‘Kylie’ dress ($68 at Abercrombie)
Fashion moves fast; do not get left behind. The LWD is the season's hottest trend, but it may become your fierce new closet staple.
Reality check: fashion and politics have never seemed to get along. Apparently, lawmaking calls for boring pantsuits and “mommy-style” skirting. Not any more. Thanks to Michelle Obama’s favorite designer, Maria Cornejo, Capitol Hill may be kissed with a little sassiness. During Fashion Week, Cornejo said Washington D.C. is stepping up its style.