Tailoring takes a sculptural turn for next fall. Arms are rounded, torsos are nipped, shoulders are draped and hips are molded. Fabrics with body are essential, often reinforced with padding, facing, plastic coatings or clever cuts. Simple menswear tweeds or plaids give ballast to these somewhat avant-garde shapes, making them more approachable.



Intarsia sweaters have officially lost their tacky “ugly Chistmas swater” stigma. The streets of fashion capitals are awash in knits with jacquarded graphics, most specifically Alberta Ferretti’s “days of the week” sweaters, Loewe’s sophisticated fair-isles, and Raf Simons’ oversized ‘I Love NY” pullover. These designer versions are all sold out, but new interpretations are sure to catch on for next fall.



Wicker or straw basket bags are popping up on the runways in New York, and are seen carried by trendsetters on the street as well. Most are hard and structured with a top-handle, but softer versions work as belt-bags and totes. Natural leathers or ropes provide accents, and colors are usually natural or white. Embroideries provide more whimsy or wit. While the rustic straws provide contrast with tailored styles, the preferred ensemble includes a soft floral-printed frock, for a romantic Marie-Antoinette-on-the-farm look.