New York Fashion Week launched the same day as Savannah's Fashion Night, even more proof our city is gaining a reputation for becoming a seat of Southern style.
Although some critics still claim our fair city is slow to adopt the latest trends or that we avoid anything considered too fashion forward. This begs the question: How fashionable are we?
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We did a quick review from the latest blogs and articles that stream from Fashion Week. New York's runway shows are spring-focused and aimed at buyers. But the shows are well attended by well-dressed fashion hounds who are ready for fall. If you love fashion, then reading the daily posts, tweets, Instagram photos and blogs of those hot on the trail will give you a good idea of where style stands in New York at the moment.
Fashion is an ever-changing state, a live piece of art constantly crafted and affected by atmosphere, climate and the boldness of those around us. That's what we found at Savannah's Fashion Night. The runway shows, featured at each end of Broughton Street, included looks from many different retailers. Bold trends that we saw echo many of the looks we see in the crowds of New York Fashion Week.
If you are looking for a fall focus, we have just a few words for you to remember. The runway was eclectic and fascinating, but a few trends held their own such as leather, cuts with asymmetry and skinny legs.
In past seasons we have seen leather cuts paired in dress sections as accents. But fall is hailing leather as a leading fabric to follow. Asymmetric cuts, like the short front with long flowing back dress have held through the summer. We now see the change from fitted to playful and creative fabric cuts moving up and down the silhouette. Not only is this cutting edge and fashion forward, but also you can use these to hide or highlight any body type to your advantage. Pair something with a radical cut with something skinny and apparently you are set for fall. Whether it's skinny leggings, jeggings, jeans or leather, the hottest leg look will hug your legs from hips to ankles.
Seasonal trends seem to have influence on the latest fall looks, but they were no longer the main statement. Autumn colors were available at each of the more than 40 retailers who opened up their doors or pop-up shops on Broughton Street. Many other colors and shades, from hot to cool, were mixed into the looks on many of the live models in the windows.
Fall usually heralds a heavy floral accent, leading us with feminine flowers and soft romantic shades. Perhaps since this summer was so filled with tropical accents, we found that there were floral patterns new for fall but they were not the highlight. Much more prevalent were bolder looks in deep grey, brown olives, or black on white. The softer side seems to be backstaged or reserved for daytime.
School-girl pleats and plaids normally kick off the September school year. We found that pleats were all over, but are being used as a texture. Mixing thigh-high pleats with lace, or fabric cuts created looks that are non-traditional and fashion savvy. We loved that these created movement with texture as the runway motion moved on. If you are a die-hard fan of pleats and white oxfords, then you will need to step up your style this year. Mix that look with leather, or patterned tights and add accessories and you might be as bold as the looks we saw proudly walk our local stages on Thursday.
As a wrap, we do find that Savannah is becoming a style center in the South. The number of talented stylists participating in the double runway shows should be a clear indicator. The variety of designer doors up and down Broughton Street would shock a visitor who last hit downtown eight years ago. And even if you missed the fall fashion wares, you should have seen our best-dressed crowd! We showed up in hot heels and heavy bags. We dazzled with statement necklaces and stacked our wrists with cuffs and leather. Long dresses, short skirts and light skinny jeans walked the streets and mingled. So keep an eye on that New York Fashion Week if you are always looking forward to spring, but don't worry about the latest trends ever missing this fashion forward style hotspot again.
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