Welcome to the fourth installment of my five-part series on fashion trends this fall 2010: tweed, over-the-knee socks, and metallics. When last we met, I had just been discussing the merits of the color black (a big trend this fall 2010). I had also been lamenting the velvet trend and the hideous (hideous) white tights trend.
In this article, I’m going to be talking about three mostly pleasant fall fashion 2010 trends: tweed, over-the-knee socks (aka thigh-highs), and metallics.
1) Tweed. Tweed is perhaps the quintessential fall fabric, and it is everywhere this fall 2010 fashion season. A few years ago, when vests made a comeback, we saw a lot of tweed in vests. We always see tweed in coats and blazers, and this year is certainly no exception.
But this fall 2010 fashion season, we’re also seeing the tweed trend expand to dresses and boots – primarily in Chanel’s fall 2010 collection. Chanel has a fantastic pair of knee-high fur and tweed boots – they’re like camping meets couture in the crazy world of Karl Lagerfeld.
In fact, most designers are specializing in taking rustic fabrics – like tweed – and giving them a silhouette that belongs in the city. Heavyweight fashion houses Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Jil Sander, and Donna Karan also feature simple tweed in a sexy silhouette in their fall 2010 collections.
How to wear it? With tweed, just make sure that the shape isn’t boxy. It’s a thick, textured fabric, and oftentimes (for whatever reason), the shape matches the fabric. Thick. Boxy. And there’s nothing thick and boxy about shapes and lines this fall 2010 fashion season. If you’re not sure, cinch your jacket with a belt. It never fails.
2) Over-the-knee socks, AKA thigh-highs. So, when the over-the-knee sock trend made its last appearance in the fall of 1994, we called them thigh-highs. And I wore them with miniskirts everywhere. Thigh-highs always factored into my daily school outfits.
But, for some reason, thigh-highs only lasted through the fall fashion season of 1994. After that, they mysteriously disappeared – until now. Over-the-knee socks (as they are now called – sort of like “tapered pants” becoming skinny jeans) are a big fall 2010 fashion trend, along with over-the-knee boots.
This season, Gucci in particular has gorgeous over-the-knee socks – intricately patterned with little ruffles at the top. They look fabulous. Here’s the problem – and I’m going to be very honest, here. As we age, even if we are in terrific shape, there is a softness that sets in. That softness makes over-the-knee socks a very difficult fashion trend to pull off.
My advice: even though they look great in all these fall fashion ads, stick with the over-the-knee boots as opposed to the over-the-knee socks. Much more forgiving, and just as chic.
3) Metallics. Metallic trends go in and out over the seasons, and this fall 2010 fashion season, metallics are back. I myself just found a gorgeous metallic neutral nail polish (it seems like a paradox, but it does exist: Rage by Orly). Metallic accents (like handbags) and fabrics are in many designer collections this fall 2010 fashion season.
Alexander McQueen, for example, mixed metallics and velvet in his brilliant last collection before committing suicide earlier this year. Junye Watanabe infused khaki parkas with metallics and feminine silhouettes on the runway. Fantastic designer Nina Ricci (one of my favorites) also mixed velvet and metallics in a pink, floor-length, patchwork dress.
The trick with the metallic trend is to not allow it to overwhelm your ensemble. That’s why accents – nails, a handbag, a skirt, for example – are much more manageable. To take it a step further, mix metallics and textured fabrics, like tweed or velvet.
But bottom line, stick with metallic accents, and you’ll be sophisticated, savvy, and on-trend for the fall 2010 fashion season.