Fashion Sense and Sensibility
Despite the tendency to “go big or go home” on the runways of New York’s Fall Fashion Week, it’s important to keep things in perspective. At least designers weren’t insisting we accessorize with a live snake or a headdress made out of bubble wrap. This time.
Anyone who follows fashion knows that sometimes, what we see on the runway isn’t exactly doable in real life, and by extension, not even remotely feasible as a promotion. But the trends can have a place in our industry—the key is finding ways to fit them in. With an increasing pull toward retail, it’s wise to keep these in mind as you put together your next wearables program.
Are visions of shoulder pads dancing through your head? At Fashion Week, they weren’t just a dream. But don’t run away screaming just yet. According to Style.com, there are a few other ’80s looks that can be distilled for fall without leaving clients looking like they got lost on their way to a Frankie Goes to Hollywood reunion tour. Neon, for one thing, is experiencing its “Day-glo revival,” says the site—but as an accent or highlight. Also, bags and totes are reemerging with an emphasis on hardware (chains, grommets, etc.) and leggings will continue to reign.
A Leg Up
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TRG Group—Soren Sideline Grommet Tote
Laid-back grommet accents give the bag-hardware trend a home, without drawing attention from a tote’s marketing message.
Blue Generation by M. Rubin & Sons—Men’s and Ladies’ Long-sleeve
“Neon” doesn’t have to be shocking. Simply infusing a basic woven with an unexpected color choice (such as kiwi or violet, both shown above), can take it from staid to stylish in one fell swoop.