This is the time of year when I have to spend hours a day studying the offerings from the different fashion houses. New York Fashion Week is first, followed by London, Milan and Paris. The RTW (ready to wear) shows have less of the theatre about them than the couture shows, although the clothes are often not much more wearable.
New York Fashion Week is in full swing. And for once, it is a pleasure rather than a chore to go through five or six hundred looks each day. This year overall the clothes are fantastic, both in cut and colour. Already I have seen loads of things I could actually wear at my age, shape and size! Many models are that little bit bigger, with real figures and legs which curve attractively rather than looking like knobbly sticks. There are fewer body con dresses (the sort you have to be poured in to even if you are size 6 UK) and all sorts of lengths of dresses and skirts. There are loads of coats which both look great and keep you warm, worn over floaty skirts and tops of solid or printed fabric or knit. Colours are varied, with plenty of blues (baby, royal, navy) and rich jewel colours across the spectrum. Even the greys and camels are rich.
The knitwear is both knit-able and wear-able: no more of the huge stitches. Cables, colour-work and lace are all there, with both tight fitting and boxy shapes. Plenty of beanies and cowls, and ‘ordinary’ scarves for men and women:
Of course, there are stupidities as well…
And we still have three and a half weeks to go…! No doubt by the end of it all I will be fed up with it, but at the moment I am loving my job!!
(If you want to follow the shows too, the easiest site to use is the Vogue one.)