NEW YORK — Fashion editors and buyers will not be cowed by the weather. Like the postman, neither rain, sleet, hail or snow — or all four combined — would ever stop them from teetering into Bryant Park for a show. Yet the weather...
NEW YORK — Fashion editors and buyers will not be cowed by the weather. Like the postman, neither rain, sleet, hail or snow — or all four combined — would ever stop them from teetering into Bryant Park for a show. Yet the weather this time of the year isn’t exactly fashion-friendly, so despite the overwhelming desire to flaunt one’s spring wardrobe, it will be a challenging endeavor. To aid those in doubt, WWD has provided its own fashion advisory.
TODAY AM showers/Wind High: 44 Low: 21 Ease into fashion week with that vintage Burberry trench or Chanel’s oft-photographed version with tweed trim. While they are probably not the warmest outerwear choice, you just can’t be swayed into a wool bouclé coat, so at least layer up with Ce&Ce Ts, cashmere crewnecks and loads of pearls that will pack a punch. Footwear is always a conundrum in bad weather, but if you completely refuse to don galoshes, then at least save your Christian Dior satin heels for later in the week when the forecast calls for sun.
SUNDAY Mostly sunny/Wind High: 30 Low: 28 Luckily it’s a light day on Sunday and there’s no reason to break out your most fabulous pieces. But you do have to attend the Diane von Furstenberg show tonight, which always draws a celebrity-studded crowd. After a late lunch at Pastis replete with an aperitif or two, it’s off to DVF’s West Village lair. You’ll want to look downtown chic, but it’s going to be the coldest day of the week, so opt for a Fendi fur, worked jeans and python stilettoes.
MONDAY Mostly sunny High: 40 Low: 33 Clearly Monday is Ladies’ Day. So while flitting from Carolina to Oscar in the daytime, don full, knee-length skirts, shrunken cardigans and a Lambertson Truex shopper. It’s one of the sunniest days of the week, so brave the cold and opt for a chunky heel with colored sheers. But given the Marc Jacobs show is at night — and one of the biggest attractions of the week to be sure — bring an accessory along in your shopper to make your ladylike look morph into good-time grunge.TUESDAY Mostly cloudy High: 40 Low: 33 With Narciso Rodriguez and Roberto Menichetti headlining the day, it’s time to stick with the basics. Calling all pencil skirts, shrunken cardigans and stilettos. The look: sleek, structured, tailored and body-conscious. Given the dull weather, keep a pick-me-up in your bag, either Vosges chocolates or St. John’s Wort. But spice up the muted ensemble with a must-have “Theda” metallic drawstring Vuitton bag, which will bring you right into evening at the gala for the new Louis Vuitton store at 1 East 57th Street.
WEDNESDAY Mostly cloudy High: 37 Low: 29 Hump day is owned by one of the reigning princes and two heir apparents of American sportswear—Michael Kors and the Proenza Schouler boys. Just when fashion week is beginning to bug, transport to Kors’ spring vision of Capri with brights, stripes and well, capris. If the sun just happens to peak through, slip on smoky aviators. Modernize the look for fashion’s “It” boys with a slouchy V-neck and some long pearls, but for Matthew Williamson’s 8 p.m. show add a dash of color in the form of a metallic handbag and some ethnic jewelry.
THURSDAY Partly cloudy High: 33 Low: 22 Today it’s out with the old and in with the new. A band of young guns takes over the schedule: Francisco Costa’s second collection for Calvin Klein, Behnaz Sarafpour, Peter Som, Jeffrey Chow, Esteban Cortazar and Zac Posen. So think outside the box. Mix young independents with a major bag and a major shoe like the Fendi “Chef” bag and the YSL spectator pump. Keep the adrenaline going by sending your driver to Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes.
FRIDAY Partly cloudy High: 31 Low: 20 With the big hitters rounding out the week, it’s a chance to forage through your closet for your most classic pieces. Find an eclectic way to mix Edwardian looks and jersey. Cashmere is de rigueur at Ralph, while black opaques are perfect at Donna. Homebodies head back to your lairs for tea and a bath with salts. Party girls head to dinner at Soho House and finish it all off at Bungalow 8.
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