When the going gets tough, the clothes get tougher. Get out your your chains and metallic threads and get ready for a weird spring.
Designers participating in the New York Fashion Week extravaganza this week are showing a sort of “urban warrior” theme featuring exposed zipper details, “camouflage lace” and heavily hardwared belts that looked like they were holding bullets. The shoes look like something a Roman soldier would wear.
Hot colors are copper, smoke and caviar (huh? – I guess you should wear it since you can’t afford to eat it).
Tough-as-nails dresses were heavy on black and metallics while even the most “girlie” designers featured aggressive hardware or patent-leather trims.
It’s a trend that fits with the strong shoulder (and shoulder pads) that have also been prominent on the runways. Hip Hip Hooray, I say. Love, love, love shoulder-ma-pads and have been holding on to my 80s frocks in anticipation of their return.
(Here’s my dirty little secret: I never gave them up. Have two sets of velcroed shoulder pads I move from outfit to outfit. The velcro is all but washed away and the pads frequently slip down around my waist – or worse – drop out of my sleeve. It happened at the basket ball game the other night when I jumped to cheer. Spectators around me looked on in horror. I think they thought I was wearing falsies.)
The overall tone of the fall collection was on the somber side, I understand. There was a lot of black and little beading. There were flashes of yellow and pink, but they were almost always paired with black.
I also read that scrunchy socks and high-top sneakers are high on the list of ’80s styles making a comeback. Oh Lord, I never knew they went out of style.
I’m going to be in high cotton this year – what with my 12 pair of black pants all hanging like little soldiers in my closet. I don’t wear yellow, but I can do pink til the cows come home. Paired up with scrunchy socks and high topped sneakers, I’ll be a fashion plate.