Spring flew by, and summer is halfway through, so it’s time to look forward to fall fashion.
From the standard fall fare of leopard and fur, to “normcore,” you’ll be seeing a variety of styles on runways and in boutiques near you.
Classen Curve and Nichols Hills Plaza tenants will host a First Thursdays Fall Fashion Show event at 7 p.m. Sept. 4. Free to the public, the show will be in the parking lot area at Classen Curve near Steven Giles Clothing and Blo.
Cafe 501 will provide drinks and treats. Follow Classen Curve and Nichols Hills Plaza on social media for a chance to win a VIP pass to the show and for exclusive giveaways.
So what does fall have in store, fashionwise? Let’s start with the new stuff. The ’60s is huge, with shiny black go-go boots rising just above the knee, straight mini skirts and black and white motifs.
Normcore is a newish movement in fashion that will take hold this fall.
From beauty blog The Cut: “In fashion ... (normcore) manifests itself in ardently ordinary clothes. Mall clothes. Blank clothes. The kind of dad-brand non-style you might have once associated with Jerry Seinfeld, but transposed on a Cooper Union student with William Gibson glasses.”
Perhaps aimed at the normcorers, colors for fall are decidedly bland, with dark green being the go-to neutral. Black, gray, white and browns will rule, with pops of color coming from bright, big handbags.
Bright colors, however, such as orange, purple and pink, are also popular. Not neon, just bright.
Trousers will be thankfully full, in blatant opposition to the last few years’ skin-tight skinny jeans.
Graphic prints, also called Rave or New World prints, are another fun trend.
Sneakers are crazy hot, and practically all the designers are adding them to their collection.
Using what you’ve got
Now for the stuff you already have in your closet.
Leopard (sigh) is a favorite animal print for fall, though it seems it needs a year or two off.
Those nude strappy sandals? They’ll hold over until the weather renders them impractical.
Booties are still a versatile shoe style to be worn with skirts, shorts or trousers. Freshen them up with a pair of ladylike ankle socks. And menswear-inspired shoes, such as lace-up oxfords, are huge after making their debut last fall.
Long, oversized sweaters will be just as cozy and on trend this fall and winter as they were last.
Fashion preview stores
Participating tenants at the Sept. 4 fashion show are CK & Co., R Meyers, Gretta Sloane, Blo (providing hair and makeup services for models), Steven Giles Clothing, Liberte, On a Whim, lululemon athletic, Red Coyote, Black Optical and Uptown Kids.
Sources: Christie Ray, sales manager at On a Whim; Lauren Lucht, designer liaison for Eli Tahari at CK & Co.; Heather Griswold, representative for First Thursdays Celebrating Art in Style.