What to Buy Fall 2007: Your Grandmother’s Quilt

What: Texture by way of quilting, cropping up on items from head to toe for fall.

What the fashion heads say: Laird Borrelli-Persson at Style.com: Minimalism may have roared back to life on certain runways (if minimalism can be said to roar), but more than a few designers remain resolutely committed to pattern play and surface details. Diamond-shaped quilting added textural bling to over-the-knee boots at Derercuny, leather jackets at Elise Overland, and miniskirts at Valentino.

What I say: Okay, it’s as modern as quilting could be, but to me it still feels like Grandma’s coat/bedspread/whatever. There’s something about these quilted fabrics that look a bit stiff, and not at all inviting to slip in to, as well. If you choose to partake, however, remember the goal is sophistication, so keep the quilting to one item at a time.

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  1. Judy says

    You are right…these look OK on the runway but I’m not sure you could sit down comfortably in them.
    They remind me of a slimmed down puffy winter coat I had in the 70s that made me look the Michelin man but since everyone was wearing them I thought i looked cool.

  2. Becca says

    That particular coat looks a little robotic, but I still kind of like it.  I love quilting so a quilted jacket sounds kind of cool to me.

  3. DianaVreeland says

    We’re starting to see quilting filter down to handbags and shoes. It’s always interesting to me to watch how the runway concepts turn up in “real people” clothes.

  4. Pwatters says

    What IS the point of an elbow length sleeve in a winter coat?  Unless, of course, you too own a pair of long plether gloves!  The coat is ghastly.

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