Style + Beauty Editor
Fall Fashion Trends
Designers went back to the 80s–here’s how to wear the trends your way this time around
-Lois Joy Johnson
I know you’re just getting into the spring of things, but last week’s Fashion Group International video presentation of the fall fashion trends from the 2009 collections in New York, Paris and Milan inspired rumblings–or were those grumblings–in the audience.
It seems the biggie designers–Marc Jacobs (left) and Stella McCartney and Jason Wu (below)–have collectively conspired to ignore the economy and point their pinking shears back to the last time fashion glammed up, the eighties.
Are designers in denial? There was luxury galore with jewel-trimmed everything, fur dresses and bags, and enough sequins to adorn all of Las Vegas. Gigantic shoulders, poufs, peplums and pantsuits formed the back -to-the future aspect.
Let’s get real. No one we know actually buys all those pricey clothes, and, yes, the trends will trickle down into H & M, TopShop, Gap and Bebe like they always do but…still! A lively panel discussion following the show was led by the legendary designer and futurist Norma Kamali, whose new line for Wal-Mart features nothing over $20, including her signature matte-jersey dresses and the incredibly chic trenchcoat Norma herself was wearing!
I hope you’re filling your piggybank with all those random pennies, because you’ll need them in September. Meanwhile, start hunting consignment shops and garage sales, or maybe just your mom’s closet. Here are 10 huge trends coming your way and here’s how to do them on the cheap:
THE SLEEVELESS SHEATH Michelle O ladylike style rules
THE BIG SHOULDER or PEPLUM JACKET But only one or the other
PUMPS Closed toes this time, platforms optional but heels way up
THE WHITE BLOUSE + MESSAGE TEES Pick them up everywhere
THE MAN-TAILORED PANTSUIT Check the Boys department
THE BLACK LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET Faux leather is okay
ANYTHING PURPLE, RED OR SHOCKING PINK Perky nostalgia
CHAIN-STRAP SHOULDER BAGS Easy-to-find couture knock-offs
LEGGINGS + SKINNY LEATHER PANTS Just work on your lunges
RED LIPSTICK Full-on color and texture, bye-bye gloss
You can make these fall fashion trends yours–it’s all about choosing just a few favorites and mixing them in with contemporary pieces you already own.