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Fall 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Fall 2007 Runway
Photo Credit:  New York Magazine

Key Takeaways: Unlike his Fall 2006 collection, which featured heavy layering, Marc Jacobs’ Gatsby-esque Fall 2007 collection featured long and lean silhouettes plucked out of the 1920s.  Key trends included: menswear as womenswear, slim, boyish silhouettes, high-waisted silhouettes, colorblocking,  colorful accessories, and metallic shine.

Color Palette: Traditional fall: orange, navy blue, grey, mustard yellow, maroon, eggplant purple, metallic silver, and shades of white and black.  Colorblocking featured prominently.

Silhouette: Nothing Marc showed was too tight or too voluminous–the silhouette was slim, but workable for Real People.  Menswear as womenswear featured prominently, with tuxedo-style suits complete with vests, skinny ties, and shrunken jackets.  Calling an end to the skinny-jeans-fad, Marc cut his trousers bootcut.  Loosely pleated skirts and wide-legged shorts were paired with long sweaters, always belted at the waist.  Boatneck styles hinted at the nautical, along with crisp white pants and navy buttoned jackets.  Detailing to note: pointed collars, the tiered, tailored ruffling, oversized collars, and bows.

Accessories Report: Wide-brimmed and cloche hats adorned the models’ heads.  Belts were key in nearly every outfit, delicately hinting at boyish figures.  Oversized clutches and gloves–both wrist length and elbow length–added ladylike drama to daytime attire.

What’s Wearable: Unusually, almost every piece in Marc’s collection can be translated onto the streets. The cocktail dresses are perfect for gals who want to be a bit eclectic, while the suit combinations will work well for business-savvy women who want that intellligently chic look.

What’s Not Wearable: Keep the flying-saucer hats on the runway…or to where you want to make a fashion Statement.

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Fall 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Fall 2007 Runway
Photo Credit: NewYork Magazine

Key Takeaways:  A real departure from Carolina Herrera’s typical sweetly light collections.  Dresses and separates maintained the designer’s signature elegance, but overlaid a sense of darkness and mystery.  Key trends included: high-waisted silhouettes, geometric patterns, bows, open knit fabric, plaid fabric, ruffles, and fur.

Color Palette: Heavy on dark colors–blacks and greys.  Brooding browns and regal lilacs were lightened with shades of white, splashes of red, and metallic silver.  Both fur and geometric patterns–most notably plaid and dots–featured prominently. 

Silhouettes:
Generally high-waisted, with an emphasis on the natural waistline.  Garment volume felt measured and made to flatter the body.  Sleek dresses were complemented by swingy frocks, paired with patterned leggings.  High-waisted skirts and trousers were paired with open knit tops, sweaterjackets, and semi-voluminous jackets.

Accessories Report:  Black elbow-length gloves and patterned tights emphasized the dark, yet ladylike feel of the collection.  Wide belts drew emphasis to the waistline.  Bug-eyed sunglasses completed the chicly mysterious looks.

What’s Wearable:  Carolina Herrera knows how to flatter a woman’s body–try the sleek dresses, the subtly voluminous skirts, the swingy oversized jackets, and the high-waisted trousers.  The sleeved dresses are perfect for women with thick upper arms.

What’s Not Wearable:  Fur played a large part in the collection–both as jackets and as cuffs, but we prefer to leave fur on our animal friends.  Horizontal "striping" through fabric detailing visually widens the body–beware.

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Fall 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Cabbeen

Cabbeen Fall 2007 Runway
Photo Credit: Omiru: Style for All

Key Takeaways:  As the first designer from Mainland China to present at New York Fashion Week, Mr. Cabbeen shows us just how funky, modern and colorful Chinese fashion has become.  Wearable everyday bombers in twill and nylon were paired with carefree trousers and jeans and laid-back black trainers with painted or embroidered embellishment.  Fabric choices ranged from plaid to chevron to pinstripe.

Color Palette:  A rainbow of colors ranging from the requisite grey, navy and black to pale yellow, maroon and army green.  Colorblocking and plaid fabrics featured prominently in the collection.

Silhouette:  Relaxed on top with long and lean hoodies and tanks paired under comfy jackets and casually fitted pants and jeans. 

Accessories Report:  Scarves and striped ties adorned the necks of most models.  Most also sported black trainers or roll-top ankle boots in neutral colors.  

What’s Wearable:  For the guy with a bit of fashion-funk, we recommend the robin’s egg blue jacket with cherry blossom embroidery to catch the eye of any lucky lady (or lad). 

What’s Not Wearable:  If it’s over 20 degrees where you live and the sun is shining, steer clear of the oil-slick inspired puffer jackets so as not to blind innocent bystanders.

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Forest Sling Bag

Forest Sling Bag Form meets function in this Orla Kiely sling bag.  With 3 accessory compartments, a zippered pocket, a key fisher, and an exterior compartment, this canvas bag will take you from meetings to the mall.

$199.99  (sale) at Flight 001.

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