Fashion Group International Talks Fall Trends


FGI Trend Panel

We may be staring down the barrel of summer (someday? maybe? hopefully?) but it was all about fall at Fashion Group International’s (FGI) recent trend seminar. Held in an auditorium at the Time-Life Building in midtown Manhattan, FGI convened a panel of experts to give audience members the low down on next season’s must-haves.

Following a lengthy slideshow (narrated by FGI’s Marylou Luther) that offered an overview of all the trends seen on the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris — from the ridiculous (chinstrap hats) to the sublime (python accessories) — the illustrious panel took to the stage. The question of great debate: “If fashion follows revolution, is fashion in revolt?” This query was based in part by what’s going on in the world at large (war in the Middle East, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes) and by what’s going on within the fashion industry (designers John Galliano and Christophe Decarnin no longer heading the houses of Dior and Balmain, rehabbed models Kate and Naomi reclaiming the spotlight at Louis Vuitton).

Moderated by Women’s Wear Daily‘s Brigid Foley, the panelists included Mickey Boardman, the Editorial Director of Paper magazine; Ken Downing, the Senior VP and Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus; Marie Claire’s Beauty Director, Ying Chu; and Kirna Zabete co-founder Beth Buccini.

I can’t say the panel ever really answered the fashion revolution question, but they did make some interesting and amusing points — such as the fact that there are waaay too many events on the New York Fashion Week calendar and that fashion shows should strive to be smaller and more intimate, à la TOM FORD’s uber-exclusive outing, rather than over-the-top free-for-alls.

And according to this esteemed group of experts, while you won’t be seeing much chinstrapped headgear off the runway, thankyouverymuch, the trends that are shaping up to be big for fall are… drumroll please…

Puffer coats, capes, the color red, plaid, python, lace, gold, patterned pants, colored fur, long sleeve dresses, tuxedos (aka, “le smoking”), pleats, the pencil skirt, and polka dot everything. Structured handbags and classic (non-platform) pumps are the must-have accessories for fall. And on the beauty front, it’s all about bright red lips and ponytails, both high and low.

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Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.


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