ARSENIC & OLD LACE
Granny favorites like lacy bed jackets, buttoned-up necklines, flowery housecoats and fair-isle sweaters get a dark twist for next fall. Sugary pinks and aquas are worked against inky black, and radioactive flowers have an almost sinister look. Bejeweled buttons, Victorian ruffled necklines or touches of crochet — including granny squares like those used for afghans — complete the little old lady aesthetic. Short hemlines, body-skimming fits and a good dose of irony keep it cool.