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State of the Fashion Union #9: What the Bloggers are Saying. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION BLOG

The State of the Fashion Union - the Fashion & Lifestyle blogosphere weighs in for Fall 2006 Fashionweek Wednesday, February 8, 2006:

More trends from New York Fashionweek, courtesy of Omiru: oversized collars, short sleeved dresses, asymmetry, powerful supa'working woman suits, and fur fur everywhere. Get the goods on Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Luella Bartley, Betsey Johnson, BCBG, Cynthia Steffe, James Coviello, Willow, Zang Toi, and Lacoste.

More known for his "little" dresses  - so beloved by the society set - this season, Peter Som showed soft gowns and a surprisingly delightful collection of English School Uniform-inspired pieces which the Fashiontribes editors loved. Michael Kors, however, was a different matter. His fellas were 50s Harvard-bound prepsters in skinny pants & hip sweaters - a groovy, tight collection - however the chicks suffered a different fate involving multiple personalities which included a rock star, a bohemian, and the glamorous preppy - which is the Kors we know & love. And don't forget - the FT gang podcasts, which only adds to the fashionable frivolity.

Was Alice Roi facing a shortage of fashion fabric...and forced to resort to grabbing cafe curtains from the laundry room and sheers from the dining room to whip up her Falll 2006 runway show, wonder La Dolce Divas? Apparently Ms. Roi might have missed the mark, making her models look more like windows rather than actual feminine women.

At the Charles Nolan Fall 2006 show, hearts were singing at Girlawhirl, with the best of Audrey Hepburn & a splash of "That Girl" thrown in - and then completely modernized. From leggings - that actually worked! - to perfect slingback kicks, defined waists, mega belt-age (which we at FT love!), and gauzy wool jersey dresses, fashionistas craving a lil' coverage with their chic won't have to go nekkid this winter.

Other than Badgley Mischka, Fall 2006 is disappointing at best reports I Am Fashion. Blah, seriously unflattering, and just ugly were but some of the terms used to describe the season thus far.

At Just My Cup of Tea, Oscar de la Renta gets an oscar, it's all about black at Jill Stuart, the Betsey Johnson girl is the one to call for a good time (and a splash of color), Carolina Herrera is a standout, and gloves & layers rule the day at Marc Jacobs.

From nostalgia for Mary Tyler Moore & Sharon Tate at Carolina Herrera, to the Marc Jacobs "hideous" vagabond street urchins, gorgeousness at Oscar de la Renta, and reverse Cleopatra at Badgley Mischka, Beauty Addict has the scoop.

Where are the models lips, asks I Am Pretty NYC, about the Fall 2006 runway shows. From unflattering white lips, teeth whiteners, small noses, and the curious lack of undereye concealer, this is one unimpressed makeup artist.

In the divide between the fashion folk and regular civilians, the former view the latter with disdain, while the latter view the styles worn by the former as slightly foolish to outright ridiculous. Instead of moving to NYC or Tokyo where no one bats an eye, or taming your look to appeal to the masses, The Fashionable Kiffen suggests wearing what you love - regardless of what others think - and paying attention to the weather: ie. no fur in summer, or jeans at a black tie even.  And remember, the best fashion is a bit crazy - hello Yohi, Westwood & Galliano - so rock that fab ostrich feather boa as a scarf...and know that the Schwartz is with you.

In your opinion, who's had the best show thus far? Jump into the fray at the Fashionweek Discussion Forum at

For more of the voice of the blogosphere, your fellow bloggers are weighing in on everything from the portion of their wardrobes that are vintage, used, or recycled; the deal on buying & wearing easily-recognized brands of garments/accessories; and even the portion of fashion purchased online. For the answers to these and other questions, check out the results from the Tribunal of Good Taste online poll.

- Lesley Scott

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