Monday, August 17, 2009 at 2:10 p.m.
One of Minnesota's biggest fashion events of the year, Macy's Glamorama, lived up to its reputation Friday night by revealing some of the best picks for your fall wardrobe. Although some of the runway styles were NSFW (example: the almost-naked, wet male models for Papi underwear), the majority of fall fashions will transfer easily to the mean streets of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.
Fall fashion 2009 is about mashing up textures, patterns and colors and tying them together with one eye-catching piece like leather studded heels or hot pink tights. Max Mara and Marc Jacobs were among a handful of designers picked for the show who stuck to a neutral color palette with intriguing splashes of metallic and shiny materials. Asymmetrical pieces with severe shapes, big shoulders (80s!), uneven hemlines and sudden slits were seen in Sportmax and Sonia Rykeil designs. Cut up fabrics, some with peek-a-boo hints of skin, and edgy rock-and-roll styles were weaved in and out of classic tweed and wool fabrics for looks by Costume National and Just Cavalli.
One of the most Minnesota-friendly trends at Glamorama is incorporating loads of fur in natural colors to winter coats, hats and even dress hems so those of us in the frigid tundra can keep warm and look good doing it. For outerwear, tailored coats with tight lines and waste-cinching belts have fallen to the wayside and are replaced by oversized boxy jackets and capes.
Layering and draping are made easy by adding soft scarves in neutral tones to simple sweater tops and fitted blouses. Tights and leggings in fun patterns and unique colors are being used to easily add excitement to monochromatic ensembles. In general, 1980's inspirations successfully snuck into fall trends. The most blatantly obvious display of 80's throwback is incorporating shoulder pads into jackets and blouses, rivaling the ladies on "Dynasty."
There is also no hiding that fact that black leather is huge this season for pants, leggings, skirts, jackets, dresses - everything - and embellishments like studs and zippers are being tossed in for the Pat Benatar biker babe look.
So what are the key pieces for your fall wardrobe? Laura Schara, Macy's Trend Correspondent and lead stylist for Glamorama, shares the best items to add to your closet this season.
• A jacket, top or dress with a defining broad shoulder
• Acid washed skinny jeans
• Anything in leather
• Shoes or handbags with embellishments likes studs or zippers
• Lots of berry colors in tones ranging from cabernet to hot pink (hot pink reserved for those with serious fashion attitudes)
• Destruction in denim - in an almost obscene way
• Double-breasted sport coats (circa 1980's)
• Leather motorcycle jacket in shades of gray or black with zipper detail
In addition to Laura's picks, I suggest working these elements into your fall look (consider channeling Allison Molylin, The Kills/The Dead Weather, as a fashion muse):
• Colored jeans
• Dark floral patterns for dresses and tops
• Flat over the knee boots or short high-heeled booties
• Accessorizing with heavy, layered chains in multi-metal hues
• 1960-70's vintage hats
• Leather gloves in bold colors
-- Stacey Tuthill