What shall I wear this fall?
Even Legally Blonde girls can't justify the nastiness that is Marc Jacobs' Fall Line.
"Is there any overarching trend for this fall's fashion? I've looked at every magazine I can find, and nobody seems to agree on anything. It's just all a disjointed pastiche of '70's slinky, '60's mod, Victorian gothic, with a heaping helping of '80's "Dynasty" thrown in. Are there trends I should be following this fall? Colors I should be aware of? Sillouettes which are "correct"? Because I can't quite figure it all out."
Never fear, Naudy, the offical Las F answer is: NO! There's no particular style to which you must adhere, either this fall or ever! You have to find items that work for YOU. We at Las F are huge proponents of natural beauty. You all have it--just learn how to work it! This fall's palette of ideas is unfortunately so, well, specific, that most items are doomed to last only one season.
It's my opinion that we're riding the wave of a fashion change. Items this season are adolescent. They seem to be going through an identity crisis. No one really seems to know what sort of look they're after, so they shlep together a little of everything and pray to God it'll sell.
An evidence of this fact is the superflous amount of era or philosophy-specific details can be found by poking fun at my favorite haunt, Ann Taylor Loft:
Now, I realize this jacket looks OK onscreen. Let me tell you, it was not so pretty in person. Some overambitious designer over at ATL decided to push the boundaries of their loyal clientele. By incorporating FOUR different fashion philosophies into this jacket, ATL has sealed its fate. Let's count the ways: the piping in floral fabric is a nod to the 80's and 90's. The fact that the piping is in a floral fabric is, I suppose, meant to be an oblique feminine reference. (The floral fabric is a rayon/chiffon, another nod to the 1990s era of flowy floral dresses.) Then we get to the the double pockets, a military touch, which we all know should never be combined with feminine. Rounding out this unfortunate jacket's identity crisis is the tweed, is a jaunty tribute to 60-year-old Englishmen everywhere.
(OK, OK, I admit that I love tweed...but not with a floral pattern. Everyone has standards.)
In closing, dear readers, GOOD LUCK. Wear what works for you and buy trendy items with caution this year. Think in terms of how you'll feel about a projected purchase at this time next year, when hopefully fashion will have overcome some of its angst. If you won't wear it more than once, stay away!