The fall fashion forecast is a bit dark
and subdued, with occasional bright spots of color, according
to industry experts who spoke at the Brooklyn Public Library’s
Central Branch last month.
Following a talk she gave to a dozen teens and tweens about the publishing industry with author-stylist Kathryn Finney, Clinton Hill resident and Essence magazine’s Fashion and Beauty Features Editor Pamela Edwards told GO Brooklyn that miniskirts layered over leggings are one of the season’s must-have combos, which is "more forgiving for everyone."
And layering in general is an important trend this season, continued Edwards.
Those leggings can also be paired with the soon-to-be-ubiquitous chunky sweaters, but, warns Finney, author of "The Budget Fashionista" (Ballantine Books, $12.95), don’t be tempted to overspend for those close-fitting pants.
"You can find them in stores like Old Navy," advises Finney. "Don’t pay more than $20. That’s ridiculous."
Edwards also predicts:
· The return of black. "The New Yorker’s best friend," she says, with a touch of relief in her voice.
· Red accents: "Whether it’s red lips, shoes or nails."
· "Gray is also huge."
· Menswear influences: "Look out for tartan and herringbone."
· In footwear: Boots that stop at the ankles ("booties"), platforms and wedges.
· Opaque tights are in.
While being trend-conscious is important,
in her new book, Finney says having personal style is even more
vital. Looking great in this season’s clothes is impossible without
being aware of your body type and buying flattering undergarments
(like "underwear that slims your tummy and shapes your butt"
and "Wearing the right bra size").
When shopping, Finney recommends that aspiring fashionistas "focus on value, not necessarily price, when shopping for accessories like purses and shoes. Cheap-looking versions ... can make a whole outfit look cheap."
When not interviewing celebrities like Kimora Lee Simmons for Essence, Edwards told GO Brooklyn she enjoys shopping in this borough’s unique boutiques, such as Red Beri on Flatbush Avenue.
Finney rationalized the conservative, subdued palette of this season’s collections: "Any person in fashion will say fashion reflects what’s going on in the world. In the ’90s, it was all about logos and status. People had money. This June, the mid-range stores were doing really, really bad, because visits to stores were down because of gas prices. But the high-end and low-end stores continue to be doing well."
While the colors black and gray may seem "not very exciting," Finney assured, "You will keep the things you buy this year for a while, so you can spend more this year than in the past. If you buy this season’s sweater, that hits you mid-thigh, you’ll keep it for years."
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