NY Fashion Week, Charleston Style
Some of us have a hard enough time deciding what to wear tomorrow.
And while we’re waiting (patiently) for a cool down here in Charleston, designers at New York Fashion Week are already thinking spring.
CHARLIE gals were front and center, reporting back on the future of fashion. Our Charleston fashion forecast? Loads of volume and oversized styles, a balance of hard and soft looks, a thankfully natural waist line, more subdued 80’s influences plus the continued emphasis on recession proof basics.
And even if some Southern fashion curmudgeons claim it takes five years for any style to reach down South – they obviously haven’t seen our town lately – expect the spring styles from New York Fashion Week to hit Charleston around December and January.
Now for the details…
Charleston loves a good cardigan. Call it the town’s preppy roots just itching to break out, but it seems women in this town know the benefit of a cardigan like none other in the country. And fortunately for us, oversized cardigans are on the radar for spring. We especially liked the billowy numbers, like those seen by Lutz and Patmos, available at Pearl in Mt. Pleasant.
Charleston’s early spring heat means that by early May, we’re already prone to sweating it out around town.Thankfully, light, flowy fabrics are in for spring. Think silk chiffon, and lots of it. Diane Von Furstenburg (available at Saks), Marc Jacobs (available at Gwynn’s) and Vena Cava (available at Hampden) all featured swirls of light fabrics under the tents at Bryant Park, perfect for Charleston.
Many of the shows during this season’s New York Fashion Week had a romantic hue to them. In a town as romantic as our Charleston, these looks will easily find themselves at home. Several designers embraced feminine details like soft fabrics and a multitude of ruffles, but combined them with strong accessories, like bold belts. Put that Southern Belle tough as nails charm to work with adaptations of this by playing with balances between super soft and hard looks.
With that in mind, we just might start dreaming of Spring now.
We’ll leave you with the top 10 trends of next Spring. Look for them wherever Charleston carries them:
2. Silk chiffon blouse or dress
3. Oversized cardigan
4. Thin heeled bootie
5. High waist flowy skirt
6. Natural waist belt
7. Floral printed dress
8. Square shoulder boyfriend blazer
9. Whites and silvery grays
Story by: Kari Anne Kaldon and Caroline Millard
On-Site Correspondents: Erin Watson, Beth Cleveland and Erin Kaloupek