*Warning – no knit content what so ever*
I’ve returned from the all the fashion markets in Vegas and have a brief impression of what was going to happen in Fall at retail.
Color-wise, there was lots and lots of gray and black. The black is always there, but the gray is going to be hot. There were splashes of color to set off the gray (like shamrock green) but just a piece like a vest or tee.
The style forecast is a big change from the past years from embellished and decorated to simple styles and lines. More tone on tone embellishment rather than the gold embroidery and doo hickeys everywhere.
The predominant jean by far was the skinny jean. Argh! Not surprisingly the the predominant shape for tops was a longer tunic length with empire waists. In fact, empire waists (where the body of the blouse falls from under the bust) were everywhere on tops and dresses. I guess if you’re wearing those skinny jeans you’ll want to cover up that ass. There were also lots of cute little trapeze like jackets with 3/4 sleeves and cute collars. Those jackets are shorter than the tops, usually about waist length. They look like those 1960s vintage jackets I’ve been buying at the thriftstore for ages. They’re hot now.
Shoe-wise, wedge heel boots with and without fur are hot hot hot. I saw them alot with skinny jeans tucked in them. We also saw very little of the awful leggings. I think that trend is most popular with kids and tweens who never saw it before. I saw hardly any buyers wearing leggings, so that’s not a good sign for that trend.
Finally, the pirate and skull trend was declared officially over, really it was by the fashion group forecast man in the seminar to which I went. The trend will be to more "happy" icons and logos (think Japanese inspired graphics of cuteness).
We’re supposed to be entering a positive and happy phase in fashion – the return of sophistication and glamour (think Grace Kelly). I guess I’ll have to retire my "former eastern bloc mail order bride" outfits.