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State of the Fashion Union #12: What the Bloggers are Saying. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION BLOG

The State of the Fashion Union - the Fashion & Lifestyle blogosphere weighs in one last time on Fall 2006 Fashionweek for Tuesday, February 14th, 2006:

Omiru helpfully compiled a list of the most directional trends to come out of New York Fashionweek, in no particular order:

  • bubble skirts
  • voluminous sleeves
  • oversized collars
  • capes & capelets
  • vests
  • sweater dresses
  • small & square sunglasses
  • long gloves
  • chain handles on bags
  • leggings & tights

For a slightly different take on the Fashionweek trends, check out Fashiontribes:

  • CLOTHING TRENDS Protective (Marc Jacobs), Costume-y (Tuleh's 40s Noir starlet & 50s stewardesses at Baby Phat), and Contemporary Socialites - (Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera, Oscar, Derek Lam for the uptown set; Zaldy, Thakoon, Temperley London for the downtown set)
  • SILHOUETTES/ACCESSORIES/HAIR & MAKEUP Layers; ginormous belts & an upward shift of the waist to the empire; tulip/bubble shaped skirts; shorts & coats; huge 3/4 bell-shaped sleeve; oversized carpet bags & clutches; ruffles & bows; hats-hats-hats; gross-looking makeup; depressing lack of bling
  • "COLOR" PALETTE grey (in all shades); black; white/ivory/bone; prints/plaids
  • ACCENT HUES camel; mustard; blues in every shade; burgundy/eggplant; lipstick red
  • FABRICS menswear wools & suiting (made drapey by cutting on the bias); silk; tulle; satin; beefy, chunky knits

The Fashionable Kiffen assessed the week that was, and awarded everyone's fave girl crush, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, the Best Dressed Award, identified the trends - opaque dark tights for day & evening, platform & wedge kicks, large structured bags, a dark neutral palatte, the rise of plaids, and volume - and separated the fallout into three areas:

  • THE GOOD Temperley London's feminine embroidered dresses, Tuleh's 40s suiting, Derek Lam's minimal cool, Michael Kors's collegiate chic, Anna Sui's boho-meets-ladylike mix, and Vena Cava's Parisian elegance
  • THE BAD A letdown from Karl Lagerfeld - impeccably constructed, but boring. Also, more boredom in the form of black & uninteresting shapes from DKNY (although this wasn't true of Donna's signature collection)
  • THE UGLY Marc Jacobs's grunge revival (although the accessories rocked), and Vera Wang's egg-shaped frocks that accentuated the negative

So many shows, so many questions. So many of the same, in fact, that Girlawhirl has performed a great service to fashionistas everywhere by not only creating a super helpful show-and-tell collage illustrating the important runway trends, but a list of Fall 2006 Fashionweek FAQs. Now you can find out the scoop on shorts, leggings, puffy shirts, high-waisted pants, dressing for the weekend, rocking solids vs. patterns, the #1 accessory of the season, and whether or not you really are required to wear "that".

If all this Fashionweek trend stuff is too much, too all over the place, too, well, everything, and you just want to know what bag to buy for the season, Designer Ella of Kiss Me Stace shares her thoughts at Pursed Lips on the good (Luella's Luca hobo with oversized heart charms and Oscar de la Renta's exotic leather clutches for Fall 2006), the bad (Luella's new nautically themed - and non-charming - sacks), and the ugly (heart-themed overload from Brighton..who apparently emblazon pretty much everything they make with childish hearts).

And on a less serious note, check out the latest Carnivale de Couture, hosted this week by the fabulous I Am Pretty NYC, who asked the fashion blogosphere about their fave highs & lows from Fashionweek. As always, Fashiontribes added their two cents:

  • FT's FAVE FASHIONWEEK TREND the bubble/tulip silhouette - so 50s Balenciaga elegant
  • LEAST FAVE TREND the somber grey/black/white color palette. Tres depressing
  • FAVE CELEB SIGHTING Vogue editrix Anna Wintour in the house at the Doo.Ri show - signals that the designer's star is rising...and we say, "it's about time!"
  • LEAST FAVE CELEB SIGHTING Debra Messing, of TV's Will & Grace, as a judge at Project Runway. Why is a sitcom actor judging fashion talent?

- Lesley Scott

To check out previous summaries of what the bloggers have been saying, click below:

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