Okay, so you might not be indulging in one of Anna Sui’s bird hats with a peacock or other fowl perched on the crown, this season.But don’t fret. Fall clothes are long and lean, cool and clean and include a slew of perfectly wearable items – pantsuits, particularly pinstriped,Michael Kors u.k like those by Richard Tyler, tweedy sweaters, mid-calf skirts, maxi coats, pea jackets and little dresses. These are clothes which should please almost everybody. Accessories this season are still few and far between. There’s the wide belt or the narrow gold-toned one shown by Tom Ford of Gucci, some fake fur hats, boots and structured reptile skin bags, as well as wildly colored hosiery. But that’s about it.
The spotlight is on pants, especially slim styles, maxi skirts and coats. The latter come in long reefers reminiscent of the ’70s, short and trench-versions, cut like men’s Chesterfields, or in nylon ski style. (Geoffrey Beene did his inimitable wool car coats in harlequin or zigzag prints. Karl Lagerfeld concentrated on coats for his signature line offering up raspberry shorties, high-belted maxis in taupe wool, yellow fitted leathers in butter colors and long or short belted trenches in brick.) One of the overall influences for fall is the ’70s, but if you’re not wild about flared pants and shirts with big pointy collars,Michael Kors u.k just ignore them and go for more palatable looks from that decade, like slim skirts, turtlenecks, coats. Fabrics this season are lush with double-faced wools, cashmeres, velvets, suedes, silk and wool jersey knits for day. Lace, sometimes metallic or chiffon, stretch silk and devore velvet rule at night.
Shearling, leather and suede are everywhere. So is fur, fake or real (please don’t write in; we don’t make the world, we try to live in it). But matte jersey is the fabric of the moment. Just ask Calvin Klein, whose finale featured 10 clingy gowns in dark shades. Colors this season are vegetable shades,Michael Kors u.k based on hues of eggplant, zucchini and plum. There’s also rust and the staple navy, bitter chocolate, black and battleship gray. Snowy white also shows up everywhere (best at Gucci). And there are also splashes of brights like neon pink and yellow (Christian Lacroix) and orange (everyone). Even Giorgio Armani went with color, presenting a collection that moved from neutral shades of putty and slate to vivid pinks, reds, mossy green and cobalt blue.