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Message from NY Fashion Week: Consumer choices
Question of the Day
NEW YORK (AP) - The message after eight days of fall previews at New York Fashion Week is that the consumer has choices. There isn’t a must-have look or a white-hot label that everyone is talking about.
One editor wants tuxedo pants from Proenza Schouler, another the luxe embroidered coats from Oscar de la Renta. A stylist has her eye on the bias dresses at Sophie Theallet, and Michael Kors has something for everyone.
“A lot of lines have their own identity and personality this season, which is good for consumers,” said Adam Glassman, creative director for O, The Oprah Magazine.
Amanda Brooks, fashion director for Barneys New York, puts a parka coat at the top of her shopping list. “So far, for me, it’s been about sporty outerwear, done in a more luxurious way. It’s about fur and details _ a parka with a more sophisticated shape.”
Burgundy was big on almost every runway, along with autumnal navy, rust and camel _ all good colors for women of different ages and skin tones. Glassman warns, though, that cobalt blue can be tricky.
Fringe is back but with fresh takes from Diane Von Furstenberg in suede and Doo.ri in knit.
If keeping warm remains your priority, the item of the season is a parka _ definitely about fur, quilting and cutaways for fall.
What’s going on under the parka is much more about separates. Even Rodarte took them on in a way that benefits shoppers looking to reuse them in new ways.
New York Fashion Week ended Thursday and will be followed by previews in London, Paris and Milan, Italy.
Gwen Stefani covered all her bases in the finale show, offering shrunken pantsuits for work, swingy minis for play, tunics and leather leggings for mom duty (remember she’s a rock star), coats for travel and gowns for the red carpet.
The one thing missing from her new collection were the very casual clothes that she previously put on the runway. They weren’t missed because they aren’t the clothes her fans expect to see her wearing _ and that’s really where her fashion credibility lies.
Stefani still had a few too many gimmicks, but that seems to be her crutch.
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