NEW YORK AP) _ The blockbuster colors and florals, geometrics and ethnic prints on the runways at New York Fashion Week may feel like game-changers in the moment. Then there’s the rest of your life.
Once the looks move from the catwalk to the closet after this round of previews, women may need a little guidance on incorporating the prints, shots of neon and other new colors _ purple, yellow, aqua and orange _ into existing wardrobes, said Cindy Weber Cleary, fashion director of InStyle magazine.
If you can pull off scubalike body-conscious looks and short shorts, then go for it. Otherwise, look to the many shirtdresses and fuller skirts a variety of designers are going with for spring and summer, she said.
On Wednesday, the seventh day of shows, trends have become clearer: Prints, athletic inspirations, optimistic color, easy elegance, uneven hemlines and a little bit of the ‘60s over last spring’s solid ‘70s disco vibe.
That said, there doesn’t seem to be one specific muse.
“I love the dream of the runway, but I also love the reality of a women’s wardrobe,” Downing said.
Cleary’s advice: caution.
“From a consumers’ point of view, it’s great to add an element of surprise to your wardrobe, but you can’t do too much of a good thing,” she said.
Perhaps this is the season for buying a few key updates, coupled with some staples, instead of a wardrobe-changing extravaganza. There are plenty of blacks and whites on the runways, too, to help out.
Fashion week moves to London on Friday, followed by Milan and Paris.
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