In the the 2009 September Issue documentary, Candy Pratts Price said, not unlike a party horn, in her most distinctive voice “September is the Jannnuwaaaarrrrrry of fashion.” A time for re-invention, and release of bad fashion habits. It still rings true…so Happy New Year, bitches!
September is a strange, suspended moment indeed: it’s hardly brisk enough to shed beloved summer pieces and button up. At the same time, Fashion Week is days away and we’re already obsessed with NEXT S/S. That’s the vitality and tension of fashion. We are “at once” and “future” kings. Here I am still thoroughly addicted to beige while jewel tones are supposed to take the throne. I took note (literally, I took notes on pink post-its) of the following trends in the September issue to help me garner the resolve for the changing of the guard.
Bold colors are on everybody’s fall fashion report. I’ve picked a team: BLUE. After OD’ing on blue as a tomboy pre-teen, I’ve avoided it as a staple for over a decade—declaring it either too young or too yuppie. But recently I’m drawn to blue’s charge, dynamism, versatility.
This instinct began with the purchase of some electric blue liquid eyeliner from Sephora in late summer. As September sets in, I want to expand from a swipe of eyeliner to broader swath of shadow. I love indigo for a lip color. Navy can act as either an accent or neutral; it’s perfect to dive into after warming myself in the sand and stone shades of my summer closet. Fall is about deepening; increasing the volume. Blue is the frequency; enjoy the whole spectrum of shades. I’m most interested in pairing blue with marigold, fuchsia, and coral.
As a drag/burlesque diva sequins are not news to me or new to my wardrobe, but I’m used to digging all manner of flash and trash out of thrift store obscurity. Here’s my theory about sequins: all over only! Racer back tanks with sequins on the T are tranquilizing me. No bird shit drips of sequins on a cotton top, please. For night, go big with a fully sequined mini skirt or cigarette pant. Real talk: for those of us with no savings… maybe a legging? Completely sequined garments can be pricy so if you can’t afford all over coverage, you want to scout out garments that look “made of sequin” rather than “decorated with some sparkly shit.” Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Dolce & Gabbana are the go-to labels for how to wear sequins this fall. While I could do without all the stars during A/W D&G, oh what I WOULDN’T do for a sequined blazer. Or those super boxy super bright tuxedo jackets. And gurl give me all that tiger print, every shred! But back to the magazine. I love the Prada ad in the beginning with all those enormous, shingle-like sequins all over it all… just everything!
My favorite ad in the magazine was for Céline. That play on wood grain pantsuit is to die for! How BEYOND is biz cas when a bitch looks like the desk itself?! I have an eye for ultra-objectification; in this case the model is both the object wearing the clothes we’re gazing at AND wearing clothing printed with an object. It somehow becomes self-aware, subtextual, and most of all fun. Besides all of those reads, wood grain is incredibly aesthetically pleasing to me. And vintage. It reminds me of the wood paneling in my childhood basement. I have been re-decorating my room and I’m looking for wood grain curtains. You know, to go with my wood furniture and my wry sense of humor/style. So if you see any, let me know.