Smock around the Clock


Smocking, the technique usually associated with baby clothes and folkloric peasant blouses, is bringing fresh appeal to tops and dresses for next fall. The shirred-and-stitched handicraft has been around since the Renaissance, when it was used to shape and provide stretch long before there was such a thing as elastic. Perhaps the latest craze began last spring when Miuccia Prada used smocked bodices throughout her Miu Miu collection. Whether it signals a yearning for a more innocent time, a renewed appreciation for the dressmaking crafts, or just as a way to add dimension and control to fall’s voluminous silhouettes, the detail seems to have taken hold.

Dad Socks Get Cool


Although dad jokes and dad jeans are decidedly uncool, dad socks are having a moment. Socks that hit at mid-calf began to emerge on Fall 2017 runways and are making a strong showing for Cruise 2018. Intarsia patterns look particularly appealing,  but novelty also comes from sparkly accents, brushed yarns, colored marls, fair-isle knits and sporty stripes. Neutrals and brights both work, especially when color is matched to shoes.