1. Interview With a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. Use this movie as a guide to your fall 2005 looks. The flowing “romantic” shirts, the velvet and brocade, the rich violets and deep blacks are taken right off Tom Cruise’s and Brad Pitt’s backs. Even the pasty skin is in. Also hot dog colors had a strong showing during fashion week: Ketchup Red, Mustard Yellow, Relish Green, Onion White, and Hot Dog Brown.
2. Brocade, Velvets and More That’s Heavy. Schedule a date with your curtains. This look is best with metallic accents in the fabric. I saw a great brocade jacket, reminiscent of something from Tracy Reese on sale at Lord & Taylor for $50.00.
3. Battleship. Yep, the whole admiral look is in—but don’t go overboard a la Michael Jackson. A nice navy blue jacket with a Nehru collar and a few embellishments will do.
4. High/Low Fabric. Mix higher-end, more expensive fabrics like silk, brocade, cashmere, with sturdy, cheaper fabrics like canvas and wool. Keep the polyester hidden.
5. Fur. Fashion Week was a zoo, literally. Fur was everywhere and on everything. I say score a coat from your local Salvation Army and save an animal.
6. Hollywood Glam. Glam is back. Think Claudette Colbert, Kathryn Hepburn, Rita Hayward.
7. Dinner/Evening Coats. You could hear the shouts of joy coming from my third row seat every time I saw this piece on the runway. Perfect for fashionistas with junk in their trunk.
8. Flowing Menswear Pants. Another one of my favorites. Buy a pair in black for a slimming/elongated look.
9. Boho Glam.( a.k.a. “look-ma-I’m-a-druggie”) This look continues to thrive on the runway. Perfect for those days when matching colors and patterns seems too daunting.
10. House Dresses. I will probably be excommunicated from the church of fashion for saying this, but I saw a lot of high-end house dresses on the runway this past Fashion Week. You know, the kind June Cleaver and Donna Reed rocked back in the day. Head to eBay or your local Goodwill and score this style for under ten bucks.
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