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Again… it seems like almost anything goes when it comes to fashion for spring. My advice.. where what you love and what loves you back and skip the rest. It seems that fashion, again, has taken itself waaaaaay too seriously. Where’s the fun?

What You’ll Wear Next Spring
According to a panel of experts: nothing, anything, everything…

Jim Shi
Fashion Week Daily

Monday, November 14, 2005

(NEW YORK) The Fashion Group International presented its seasonal panel discussion of next spring’s trends, and judging by the reviews, it looks like just about anything will go.

Introduced by Mary Lou Luther, the group’s creative director, the multi-directional season seemed to include just about every leitmotif in the fashion game. But, according to Luther, there were certain areas not likely to be “in?“for spring. “No vulgarity, no sportswear, no techno,” she said. “It isn’t about big conceptual statements or political manifestoes.”

If guests extracted any message from the presentation, it’s that it’s no longer radical to simply be radical. Tuleh’s Bryan Bradley moderated a panel of industry experts…Vogue’s Sally Singer, In Style’s Alice Kim, Michael Fink of Saks What You’ll Wear Next Spring Fifth Avenue, (the exiting) Joan Kaner of Neiman Marcus, Beth Buccini of Kirna Z’bete, [minus no-show “due to canine emergency” Cathy Horyn of The New York Times]?converged to bounce ideas off one another on what shoppers and editors will fill their closets and pages with come February.

Some notable moments:

“Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and Sofia Coppola,” Singer pointed out, “have now become intuitive to designers.”

“I think most people aren’t that secure,” said Kaner, reacting to Singer’s statement that women want to learn how to mix and match unlikely pieces. “In that sense, a lot of the magazines have let women down,” Kaner added. Bradley disagreed, saying that women are no longer interested in head-to-toe looks. “The preciousness of the bourgeois lady grates on people,” he said, and then lamented the fact that retailers are still stuck promoting matchy-matchy.

“A credit in Vogue sells and sells and sells,” Buccini said matter-of-factly. “The other ones are not that important,” Bradley quickly added.

“In a way, [imitation] keeps the high-end designer on their toes,” Buccini said, describing a trip to H&M, where she eyed copies of Lanvin and Chloe . “In some sick way, it has pushed the craft.”

“There’s a mini-revolution going into licensing,” said Fink. “A designer and his sewing machine are still first,” Bradley countered.

Among the key accessories that Luther predicts will make it from retailers’ shelves into closets: the Michael Kors belt, YSL smoking shoe, and the Fendi B.bag.
JIM SHI