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NY Fashion Week!

Fall 2011 is about to hit the runways, and from the previews of the collections, we are in for a fun season of strong silhouettes and strong color.  Minimalist style rules, with strong shoulder lines, bold colors (think royal purple), and strong shoes and boots.  Sound fun?  Check out the YSL collection for inspiration.  The juxtaposition is a sophisticated bohemian look.  Think sheer floral dresses over textured tights, with an oversized, giant-stitch knit cardigan.  This creative look can be found in the Marni fall collection.  Textured and opaque tights are featured in nearly every collection, so if you put them away from fall 2009, pull them out for September.   Feeling like it’s all too, too far into the future?  No worries!  Spring is nearly sprung, and there will be plenty of lovely looks to sport!

Trending In….

She’s baaaaaack!  What’s trending in trended out over 30 years age.  Jeri Hall.  Charlie Girl.  Enjoli “Bring home the bacon & fry it up in a pan.”  Wide leg, high waist trousers.  Shrunken jackets with patch pockets.  Wide lapels.  Camels with pops of brights.  Even the hair and make-up is evoking the seventies: the long, loose-but-structured curls and shimmery cheeks, with dramatic eyes and red mouth.  The evening wear is echoeing the 70s as well.  Long, flowing, one-shoulder silhouettes in every color but black.  Jewelry is more gold than silver.  It’s going to be a fun season.  For inspiration and study purposes only, because I didn’t watch enough when I was six or anything, I’m ordering up the entire Charlie’s Angels series right now!!

Color!

Color!  How? When? Which? Where?  And we each have favorites, for so many reasons.  But there are ‘best’ colors for each of us, just as there are ‘best’ silhouettes for each of us.

Some truisms:

Wearing less flattering colors can make you look older, heavier, tired and even ill.  The wrong colors also often ‘wear’ you, so that people see your clothes or outfit before they see you.

Not only do the correct colors for you make you look healthier, slimmer and sharper, but they also can make you feel healthier, slimmer and sharper.  Friends say, “you look great.” Color also affects our mood and emotions, our perceived silhouette, and the overall impression we make on others.   It’s important to know and utilize your ‘best’ colors.

So why would you wear anything other than the colors that suit you best?  Well, lots of reasons! Black is an excellent example: very few people can claim black as a ‘best’ color, yet so many of us utilize black for the message of style, strength, chic, and sleekness it conveys.

Colors are thought to each carry their own energy, in the measurement of wavelength and how these waves hit the human eye, and therefore affect human thoughts, emotions, and even test-taking and decision-making abilities.  There is contradicting and contraindicating information regarding this issue of how color is interpreted, so we will leave that aside.

We will concentrate on the palette that informs your individual wardrobe, and that will take into consideration skintone, haircolor, silhouette, individual style, and of course personal preferences.

Details!

Details: the key.  Really.  Pay attention.

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The details set you apart.

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Details, details.... The texture of the dress, scarf, and belt must be complementary.

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How much do I love this belt?? A fantastic accessory elevates the ordinary outfit to stunning.

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Texture, color, scale, and weight of a garment, as much as the styling, determine whether the item will work for a client.

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