Last week I gave you my “pick of the litter” fashion world ideas for the new year. But, I must confess, there simply wasn’t enough room to list ALL the looks I thought were worth exploring, so I decided to detail some more wearable runway trends this week as well. This year Mercedes Benz Fashion Week will be held February 12th- 19th at Lincoln Center and its environs. This time around the focus will be on Autumn and Winter fashion for 2015. The photos I’m showcasing this week, which were all shot by yours truly, allow me to show you exactly what the world’s top designers have been up to recently. So, what’s on the docket for duds in the new year? Let’s take a good look …
Getting your tweed on was evident with Ruffian who showed a combination of sportswear utilizing tweed (shown above). As you can see, pieces like the box pleated skirt, drawstring slacks, and clean-lined jacket worked well with the dark florals, as well as the more over-the-top sequin top and jacket. Tweed can be dressed up or down, and it’s always in style. I LOVE the drawstring pants - now that’s different!
Colorful casual pieces were on display at Trina Turk. This designer does both men’s and women’s looks that fit today’s more casual, yet vibrant lifestyles. The pop of coral- red on the gentleman’s vintage-looking short-sleeved pullover, and the bold pattern of the wrap-style sleeveless blouse that also features a longer tail, are both great examples of classic items reinterpreted for the modern man and woman.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get more retro, we see this brocade evening suit for men from Trina Turk! It reminded me of a rat-pack 1960s look! I also liked the use of brocade fabric in muted tones with a slight metallic touch in this cap-sleeved dress from design duo Badgley Mischka. It’s classy with the longer skirt-length trend, and the way the bodice has been constructed creates another pattern within the fabric itself.
Sleek black and white is never out of style in this simple white sheath dress with a wide black belt worn along with a cropped blazer. And, check out the closely cropped gloves! This look was from David Tlale.
George Kostiopoulos, who will no longer be part of the panel on Fashion Police in its new incarnation, shows us the brown dress shoe trend. The brown shoe can be worn with dark suits, and it really breaks up the stuffy quality of an otherwise monochromatic outfit. I also like his patterned shirt worn without a necktie. I couldn’t mention Fashion Police without also saying rest in peace to a fan favorite, and all around nice lady, Joan Rivers. Ms. Rivers always took time to pose for photos, and obviously loved what she was doing when it came to celebrating and poking fun of the fashion scene. She will definitely be missed at Fashion Week.
Coming full circle is the skirt. We’ve seen this trend coming on for a while now in lots of versions, including many lengths and fabrics for the new year and beyond. I like the menswear-meets-schoolgirl short and sporty version here, as well as the long knee-grazing plaid look worn with a sleeveless top at Badgley Mischka!
Ending on a bright note, we have this stunning peach/orange gown from Noon by Noor. This color is still viable, and it works well with lots of other colors. For those who like it bold, you may want to also go with bright orange. But, for timeless style, you may want to opt for the soft peach color shown here.
Fashion is always about good ideas. When you have a good idea, you can usually take it and run with it. But, sometimes you may just want to think about it for a while before stepping out into new territory. Goodwill is a great place to help you branch out with your fashion potential in the new year. Our stores have racks and racks of clothing that is organized by size and color which allows you to interpret the latest trends in your own way without the sticker shock! When you support our mission through your purchases and donations, you’re doing so much more that upgrading your look, or reviving your style. YOU are actually helping another person get the job training they need to make their life, and the lives of their families, better. Nothing is more beautiful than that - not even designer clothing!