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.
If you look it up in Oxford’s dictionary you will find it. It was added in 2010 along with a slew of other words once considered slang. Look up faux pas in fashion’s dictionary and you would have stumbled upon the phrase next to it as well. I’m talking about, Matchy-Matchy – an adjective Informal – meaning: very or excessively color-coordinated. “the key to looking stylish is to avoid an outfit that's too matchy-matchy”. Until a few years ago being too coordinated was viewed as a misstep as American culture embraced the less is more mantra. However, today the “more is more” lifestyle has permeated through the fashion world and has taken on many forms beyond just color cramming.