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State of the Fashion Union #8: What the Bloggers are Saying. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION BLOG

The State of the Fashion Union - the Fashion & Lifestyle blogosphere weighs in for Fall 2006 Fashionweek Tuesday, February 7, 2006:

Runway trends thus far: high waists, voluminous sleeves, bubble skirts, sweater dresses, hooded trenchcoats, long gloves, leggings & tights, and handmade-looking knitted scarves, reports Omiru, who has the scoop on Alexandre Hercovitch, Tuleh, Y & Kei, Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Badgley Mischka, Rachel Comey, Alice Roi, and Twinkle.

Fashiontribes has the goods on the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2006 runway show, where it's 50s Balenciaga meets the New Millenium. Bill Blass has dusted off the house's fusty image so daughters of the A-list social set have a place to pick up threads. And fashion-insider darling - and FT fave! - Thakoon solves the dilemma of how to look confident & sexy without being slutty. And guess what: FT got behind the scenes & interviewed the designer just before the show, so be sure to stay tuned for the Thakoon backstage videoblog to be up in the next day or two!

A lack of silhouette consensus, and an autumnal color palette - shades of rust, burnt orange, butterscotch, yellow, touches of turquoise, and warm dark neutrals - is defining Fall 2006 fashion, says The Fashionable Kiffen. Belted and defined waists are hot, as are fur trapper hats, coats - expecially with nipped in waists and ornately decorated - and round or peep toe pumps. She particularly loved Carolina Herrera's plum satin floor-length coat with fur trimmed sleeves, and a sweet little white dress from Lela Rose. DKNY was boring, and Marc Jacobs's take on grunge apparently fell flat.

Aussie designer Kit Willow seems to be influenced by the climactic conditions in her Fall 2006 runway show says Camarilla. From the stern divide of fabric, to dark and brooding tones, Willow sent billowy skirts, high waisted belts and grey European style cloaks down the runway, evoking a sophisticated, French vogue feeling.

Runway beauty is apparently not as beauty does is the word from Beauty Addict. Dead looking models with undereye circles & lifeless lips at Luella, some gorgeousness and some not at Diane von Furstenberg (that apparently even included a Katie Holmes on crack look), and a clear home run from Tuleh: vibrant, beautiful 1940s style makeup that doesn't remind innocent bystanders of the recently deceased.

Inadvertent Fashionweek boobage...good? bad? Discuss. These Tara Reid moments are of questionable "fantasy" value, says Tribunal of Good Taste, as most women in real life probably don't have visions of having their breast spilling out of their garments in public. Also, the new three R's of fashion are Re-use, Re-cycle & Re-duce - as in making apparel choices that support the environment. From the ins & outs of wearing everything from vintage to scary hemp muumuus and clumpy shoes crafted from old car tires, it's not as easy as it sounds.

Actual wearability? Please, this is Fashionweek. However, Sense of Soot, brave soul, is tackling the lack thereof, as well as other disturbing trends from the runways, including the Slattern, Preppy with a Twist, Blousy Eggplant shapes, Transparent Dresses Layered with Bodysuits & Leggings, Robin Hood, and Urban Dominatrix.

And if you feel like adding your two cents, make sure to check out the Fashionweek discussion Forums at, where you can discuss the Fall 2006 runway shows, designers, models, parties & trends.

- Lesley Scott

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