Winter is finally calling after a mild fall and I'm ready to break out the heavy sweaters and jackets. Being winter is an ironic season for me since I hate the weather but love the fashion, I couldn't resist a sweater that also substituted as a coat.
Now that winter is kicking in here in New York, layering has taken on a whole new meaning. I’m not talking turtlenecks under sweaters or dresses over pants, I’m talking about jeans...simple and everyday blue jeans. We’ve seen them flare, bootcut, skinny, boyfriend and cropped but this year it’s layered.
Hemlines have evolved through the dacades and weaved themselves in and out of the most tumultuous of times. Dating back to the 20s, hemlines were raised above the ankles and women embraced the fashion evolution in prevailing numbers despite designer’s efforts to maintain a fashion standard to lower hemlines.
Twenty minutes into the first draft of this story I realized I had to scratch the whole thing. I was digging to deep into the past of the Trench coat and what I had begun to write sounded more like something that belonged on the History Channel than my blog. So I decided to order another Matcha Latte as I sat at the corner stool at the bar of my favorite coffee shop hoping that my creative juices would start brewing. Just then it hit me, I couldn’t tell if it was the jolt of caffeine running through me or the result of some epiphany or maybe mixture of both, but I decided I would be focusing on the past after all; just not the one filled with dates and boring data. I thought it best to get into its fashionable beginnings and where it is today.
Traditionally, necklines and waistlines have stolen the show, but over the past few seasons we have seen designers focus on limbs. It’s going to be sleeve season! From Demna Gvalia’s of Vetements and Virgil Abloh’s Off-White to Sylvie Millstein’s Hellesey and just recently Mugler’s SS18 show in Paris, all have added a little extra something on the arms. Exaggerated lengths, drawstrings, ruffles, and textured sleeves to name a few are sewn together for the purpose of play and stimulation. The eye-catching designs create sex appeal and lots of voluminous edge.
Although the humidity of summer is still in the New York City air, Fall/Winter prep is in full swing as our favorite shops flood their spaces with new inventory for the season. Even during NYFW many couldn’t resist the temptation of donning cold weather looks as layers, sweaters, and even leather shearlings were snapped along Clarkson Sq and Pier 59. Although I haven’t gone full blown fall yet, I have been on the prowl for new F/W ensembles. After some soul searching and runway and street inspiration, the message I was getting for this season was all about the sweater. But not just any sweater. The days of ordinary long sleeves in primary colors are over. Make room for the oversized, cropped, and exaggerated.