That’s a Wrap!
Betty’s runway reporter sums up New York Fashion Week 2009
-Jennifer Goodkind, co-host of A Fashionable Life
The trends that were most apparent and will ultimately dictate what we might be wearing in Fall 2009 were the strong shoulder and skinny pants (for those bold enough to wear one or both of them!), working-woman chic (fabulous suit options and clothes that work from work into night), and a return to black as a staple in all women’s wardrobes (for many of us this is not a return but a continuation).
As for color and accessories, the trend was toward wearing bold, bright color all year-not just summer anymore, and chunky “statement” necklaces as a wonderful investment to update any look.
Who were my favorite designers this season? Michael Kors and Derek Lam–these two designers’ runways reflected the epitome of modern sportswear. Their inspired collections absolutely addressed the age-old “what to wear? ” question we all sometimes struggle with.
Even if a designer is out of our price range (these days so many designers are designing lines that span all price points), look to the masters like Kors and Lam for inspiration and take the ideas and colors that work best for your taste and lifestyle. That is what it’s all about at the end of the day: choosing clothing that make us feel good and provides confidence that comes from feeling comfortable.
And so, New York’s Fashion Week has officially drawn to a close, bringing with it, the end of Bryant Park’s reign as the official location of the runways. This September, New York Fashion Week moves to Lincoln Center. Somehow, the change of venue seems only fitting as we segue into a new economic reality to only for fashion but everything. After all, while fashion is art, it is a business as well. As business has slowed and fashion like other sectors of the economy has hit rough waters, we must remember that runway is a form of theater.
The looks we have observed this past week will find their way to us all whether “high” or “low”. But, with instant access to the shows through the speed of the internet and Twitter, the shows under the tents are not just for fashion insiders anymore. They are a monumental production that is staged for the purpose of selling fashion as a business and also as a way of expressing who we are as a culture just as music tells a story that’s left for us to interpret it.
Jennifer Goodkind is the co-host, with Jayne Chase, of “A Fashionable Life” (fashionableliferadio.com). They are fashion reporters for ABC News NOW, where they cover the red carpet, Fashion Week and the business of fashion.