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Trendspotting: NYC Fashion Week

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I’m still wearing my black uniform, but this first Monday of Fashion Week, I have added my favorite romantic red coat by I.N.C. from Macy’s. My underpinnings of matte black jersey are from London designer, Anna Scholz, whose line—sized up to a 22—is now available at Neiman Marcus. I crave her designs every season, and I am always replenishing from her latest releases—today I’m wearing spring 2008! It’s still kind of iffy weather so I am wearing knee boots by Georgina Goodman (a very quirky London Footwear Designer with an exclusive extended calf line) and they go very well with my skirt and teal blue patent leather clutch, if I do say so myself!


I always dreaded going into the tents at the beginning of my editorial fashion magazine career. But, no matter what size-tag you wear, you can always work a look. Now, I see other curvy girls styling too! Susan Moses, celeb stylist to Queen Latifah among others, and my old senior editor from Mode, Nicole Brewer, always looks sensational when she mixes up her look—lots of black as a base that elongate the silhouette, but color and shapes that flatter and hug curves.


So what major trends that are starting to pop up will continue to pop up this fashion week? Hemlines are shifting again. Miniskirts are where we were, and the shortest we can go, and that length is oh so hard for most of us to wear—size and age included! Skirts will get fuller. You will see “bubbles” and lots of sewn-down pleats from the waistband to the hip and floating away. I saw proof of hemline shifts at DKNY, Tracy Reese, and Baby Phat—though Kimora Lee Simmons still likes short—short and puffy! Even the evening dresses floated away in puffs and “brioche-like” shapes from the model’s frame. Warning: Those of us with hips, booty, and/or curves beware—this is not the best trend for us!


Here’s where individual style comes in! Pass on this shape and grab some color—fuschia, deep purple, gold, red. Apply it to an a-line or pencil skirt, which is “evergreen” in styling. Try wide-leg trousers that define your waist à la DKNY. Note that the skinny jeans of last season are still here as stovepipe pants. They look great with ankle boots, but layer your tops and use a jacket or cardigan to balance out your curves and your shape. Don’t forget to choose a divine coat or trench—by the looks of things, there will be no shortage of options!

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