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VSG (very stylish girl)
by kimberly suggs


FASHION IN THE FAST LANE
FALL 2005 FORECAST

I made it through the NYC snow and Mother Nature’s full onslaught of winter to return armed and loaded to the teeth with all the goodies you will need to be on point by the time leaves start falling again. I needed five minutes to catch my breathe and review, relive and reinterpret all that was happening beneath the tents on Sixth Avenue for the Olympus Fall 2005 Fashion Week in New York.

Picture this...

67 Shows at Bryant Park Over 8 Days
17 Minutes Per Show
100,000 people in lines bumping elbows

Vivica A. Fox

WHEW! I hob nobbed and rubbed elbows not only with the fashion industry, but some of today's hottest stars! Here I am with the delightful and talented Vivica A. Fox (left) and cast members from Queer Eye For the Straight Guy (below).


This fashion show was all about causal luxury -- moody and relaxed, but never simple or dull. The collections where more global and had inspired tastes from Morocco, India and Indonesia with touches of the United Kingdom and retro America. It was more spiritual and contemplative. My personal fashion philosophy is that we all need a bit of rest, real deep breathes and just a snip of reassessment from all that is in the world right now -- and fashion is taking lead.

 

The styling was a lot more covered up and comfy in an elegant way. Most of the collections were designed mastering both modern and retro looks for a very grown up point of view. The clothing was much less girly -- even Heatherette and Betsey Johnson agreed.



Queer Eye For the Straight Guy


The feel for Fall was evident in the fashions, styling and models:

Bodies: Toned arms and a smiling face
Hair: Clean and pulled back off the face
Make-up: Dewy with a sheen and bright lips
Shoes: Neutral and closed in -- boots were flat with pointy toes.

The fashions were all about the reality of the senses. To be relaxed and luxurious in elegant fabrics and rich colors. Textures like nubby wools, herringbones and tweeds with fur more powerful than ever and the return of Velvet. Omnipresent is the warm melange of rich colors like teal green, antique gold, sangria red, gray and bark brown, and again the absence of black (the staple of NY dressing) echo the needs for easiness, and calm.

Were they fabulous? Absolutely!

Will every fashion work for our luscious curves? Not a chance! Please steer clear of the pouffy, big volume skirts and dresses, the big bow tops and the reveal of the foundation garment with belts and cinched at the waist panels. Trust me, these trends won’t work for us.

So what should curvy girls look for this Fall?

The Top Ten Fall Must Own Items

  1. Pre-Fur: Stoles, scarves, coats, jackets and bags
  2. The Dress: Knee length, floor length, with back treatments
  3. The Knee length Skirt: Menswear fabric, with high slits, fabric with sheen
  4. The Wide Leg Pant: Fitted at the waist and full from the hip, cuffed with pocket treatments
  5. Bejeweled Cardigan: Crystal beading, embroidery, fur trim and clothes jewelry
  6. Wraps / Surplice: Coats, dresses, blouses, skirts
  7. The Trench: Coats, cardigan and woven shirts
  8. The Suit: Only black pieces on the runways, for lunch or date’s
  9. The Sweater: Cashmere, silk jersey, beaded, open & Turtles necks
  10. Velvet: Jackets, skirts, pants shoes, handbags

Also, between shows I was able to meet with a few industry professionals that agreed with my top ten “Must Have” list.


DIVA DESIGN FILE: DESIGNERS TO WATCH

Abby Z designs Inc., is all about color and prints that sparkle. She designed her collection from personal experience and her mission is to make plus sized women feel beautiful and trendy. Look for her collections at fine stores everywhere like Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales. www.AbbyZ.com.


abby z

Epperson Studio

Epperson Studio is a collection with the maddest cool heat! Owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Epperson and Lisha, this collection is not merely a fashion statement, but art for your body. His client list reads like the New York fashion directory and now he is doing Plus sizes! Inspired by Yohji Yamomoto, his collection is filled with an organic yen and yang sensibility of natural fabrics. They are the gateway for the Bohemian sophisticated city girl at her best. www.eppersonstudio.com.


SHARE THE LOVE: OPEN YOUR CLOSET

Keep your closets dressable by getting rid of things that don’t work anymore. Benevolence is what we need in the world today so donate your past pieces. Here are a few great places to start with:

  • Dress for Success
  • Fat Girl Flea Market and
  • Goodwill.

Giving away style is like a boomerang -- it will come back to you. Remember, a Divas life is all about the lights, camera and positive action!


about kimberly suggs

Kimberly is the head Very Stylish Girl and Style Eternal LLC, a fashion consulting company. She is a Media Veteran and Retail Fashion Buyer for some of the most prominent retailers in the country.

She certainly keeps busy! Kimberly just finished styling for one of TV’s hottest shows, TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” She is an adjunct professor at her alma mater FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and also teaches professional image seminars for the Dress for Success organization. Kimberly handled the design and merchandising of the Brooklyn retail phenom B2 Gear, a concept store that gives back to the community. Located in Brooklyn's notable Fort Green community, B2 Gear is a specialty project created by the non-profit organization Youth America to assist urban youth in learning the structure and practical skills of entrepreneurship.

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