Friday, September 12, 2008

Fall Fashion 2008

I love this time of year. The fall fashion magazines start arriving. The ones that weigh 20 pounds or more and are full of gorgeous ads. Of course it does not feel like fall when it is still 80+ degrees outside. Here is what I am reading with notes about what I like from each magazine.

"Beauty by the Numbers" - Mikiskirts (a few numbers): 1969 - The year high school girls suspended for wearing miniskirts took their cause to the Tennessee courts 28:Age at which women should stop wearing miniskirts according to a recent poll in the UK (ANB: Completely disagree)

Beauty 101 - Eyeliner: A great foldout on how to prep eyes, define lids, trace below and blend. The section always has "tricks of the trade", a cheat sheet of helping hints, and product advice (pencil liners vs liquids, creams and gels)

The "Fall Hot List" consists of shiny handbags, rich fragrances, scenic destinations and how seven stylish women usher in the season. (A selection of fab designers and models)

Fall Fashion Hot List - Falls best fashion trends on sexy cover star Jessica Simpson. While I don't consider Wild West outfits high fashion they look very sexy and cute on her.See page 542 for a cute ruffle top chiffon dress, western belt and suede boots.

Age of Repose - Falls clean architectural silhouettes recall the monumental design of Egypt's Pyramids. The fashion layout is stunning with the models using the pyramids as the background. Amazing views and silhouettes.

A perfect Stranger - dancing the night away in Venice can turn mysterious if you are exquisitely yet decadently dressedin Giorgio Armani. (see page 580+) Gorgeous setting of the city of Venice against a collection of silk organza dresses.

Fall fashion Fever: The best trends and how to wear them - Autumn Hues (Designers have delivered fall wardrobes in universally flattering hues); Art Prints (Bold, striking wearable canvases), Feminine Dressing (lace, ribbons, ruffles, pleating and bows); Floral (bombarded with bouquets. Gorgeous in-your-face flowers); Country (tweeds, plaids, checks and curduroys); Metallic (gold, sliver, bronze, hematite, copper and mercury); Slouchy (comfy, yet elegant draping) and Rocker (flas above the waist, Links, crisscrossing chiffon and velvet).

Fall Shoes A-Z: Ankle Boots, Bows, Chunky, Deal,Elongate your legs, Faux, Green, Hardware, Irresistible, Juicy Colors, Kilty, Leopard, Maximalist, Newcomers, Oxfords, Peep-Toes, Quick Fix, Rustic, Suede, T-Strap, Ultra-Violet, Versatile, Waterproof, Xtra Sexy, Your Obsession, Zipper.

Style on the Street Fall 08 Chicago - Always a fun feature where seven local women go to a hip neighborhood to find choose a collection of outfits and accessories. The girls always seem to do a great job of accessorizing. Does Lucky foot the bill? How do I volunteer for this shopping extravaganza?

The Best new designers of 2008 - ten new designers show off elaborately detailed accessories to the slickest of basics. I found myself enamored with "Gorgette" (by Caycee Black of NYC). She uses the elegance of the 50s and then adds modern flourishes and the result are pretty and flattering fashions.

The "Green guide to makeup" - The best items that are earth conscious and well as flattering. Tarte has an eco-friendly
natural mascara that is lush and long-lasting.

Lastly the editors of Lucky show their fashion selections for the fall. I love the ultra-feminine selections!

"Noir Redux" - very timely article about How the LIttle Black Dress (LBD) is back. Timely because of my September post about LBDs.

I also loved the spread called "The United Colors of Vogue". It asks the question about how the sensibilities of different editions (American, British, French and Italian) influence what comes down the runway. The article is basically a topology of the four different editions. Cute and insightful!

Lastly a wonderful spread about "Trend Spotting": Darling buds (forget the requisite earth tones. This fall the blush is on the rose); Jet Set (Dark shadow tones down the romance factor); Twisted Sisters (the seasons biggest hair trend is the UpDo)

Kiera Knightley - explores Berlin's vibrant art scene in looks that reflect the capital city itself. Cosmopolitan, forward-thinking, and modern. Amazing fashion and photography. Too hard to describe. Check it out.

Self-Reflection - The season's glossy, incandescent evening dresses. Lots of glitz and glamour!

Multi-colored prints topped with fun fur and bold jewelry (710). These outfits make a gorgeous fashion statement!

Andrea Nicole Baker

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