A behind the scenes look at the fashion world, as told by an anonymous fashionista and an anonymous PR intern. We see you walking up the slope in stilettos. We want you to try one thing, in two words. Do less.
That’s All Folk
Is the lone guitar-playing hippie in the Ithaca Commons not folksy enough for you? Me neither. Designers were enchanted by fairy tales this season. From Fendi’s fixation on Little Red Riding Hood to Alexander McQueen’s nod to Game of Thrones, the catwalks were ethereal. Dolce & Gabbana’s models pranced down the runway through a Sicilian forest, donning coats with embellished floral necklines. A little folk goes a long way–to avoid looking lost in a magical forest, wear only one kitschy piece at a time.
Tailoring to a Tee
Remember that oversized blazer you snagged from your ex-boyfriend’s formal? If you had any doubts about returning it, don’t. As seen on the runways of Hermès, Ralph Lauren, and Haidre Ackermann, menswear tailoring is at the forefront of this winter’s trends. Stella McCartney released an array of suits, emphasizing the balance between slouchy and skinny, modernized with zipper embellishments. Hermès showcased fluid lines in the form of loose wool overcoats and prim tea-length skirts. Drop the hoodie and opt for a more tailored look with a structured jacket.
A Lecture on Texture
Fur, shearling, fleece, velvet–if you can’t feel it, forget it. Texture is the subtext of this winter season. Cuts range from boxy to streamlined, from cropped to floor-length. Altuzzara referenced Patagonia fleeces, including patch pockets and linings in painted leather. Prada introduced color-blocked shearling coats with massive collars ranging from plum to tangerine. Jason Wu wasn’t sheepish in his approach to texture, incorporating moto-style jackets with cozy linings and fur sleeves. Bare in mind the importance of proportion–if you are wearing a bulky coat on top, keep the bottom fitted and body-conscious. Invest in textured outerwear this season, you certainly won’t regret it once November hits in Ithaca.
You Are What You Eat
Kate Moss once said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Why should you have to choose between food and fashion when you can have both? Manish Arora and Jeremy Scott for Moschino must have had strong cravings for junk food this season, showcasing Popsicle and McDonalds motifs respectively. Groceries are no longer a chore when shopping in the Chanel supermarket. Karl Lagerfield’s runway was fully stocked with household products labeled with the trademark double-c’s. Models strolled past with embellished shopping baskets, wearing pastel outerwear and metallic trainers. Anya Hindmarch’s accessories looked a lot like my breakfast, with a number of Kellogg’s cereal logos printed on leather clutches. So grab some fashion inspiration the next time you are in line for Fruit Loops at the Collegetown 7-Eleven.