Some new takes on old friends

Some new takes on old friends

A new season gives shoppers an excuse to stock up on a new wardrobe and explore the latest fashion trends. Although many staples of cold-weather wear remain, this year there are a few surprises and concepts of which to take notice.

Luxury drama

More drama is brought back to fashion with ornate, even baroque styles. Options from John Galliano and Viktor & Rolf are full of detail and grandeur. Rebelling against the minimalist movement, luxe looks full of brocades and gilded filagree turned up on runways. Definitely not for the faint of heart, these looks scream luxury.

Caped crusader

For those who want to channel their inner superhero or dark defender, capes and cloaks are also prime material for winter fashions. Set traditional coats aside and wrap yourself in styles that run the gamut from gothic to trim and tailored. Capes are easy to toss over your shoulders on crisp days and also can be belted for more protection against winter wind.

Androgynous

Womenswear has borrowed from menswear in the past and this season it is going a step further. Pushing masculine-feminine boundaries, hats, suits and ties have emerged in women’s fashions.

Schoolgirl style

Sometimes a woman can’t move beyond the classroom, as is the case when schoolgirl fashions crop up in her wardrobe. Going beyond the sexy librarian cliches, this season’s looks are melding pieces from youth styles and different eras. Pleats, tartan plaids and Peter Pan collars are showing up with varsity jackets, retro-inspired hairstyles and button-up blouses layered under knits.

Comfy cords

Ever a staple of cold-weather fashion, corduroy jeans are not the cords popularized in the 1970’s. In shades from maroon to navy to bright red to yellow, cords provide a modern fit thanks to a blend of cotton and spandex. The medium weight baby cord is “the” alternative to your favorite pair of denim jeans this season.

Corduroy is available in more shades than ever before and in fits that give a modern take on this classic.

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