Fall fashion hits Sin City

Sarah Hoyles says the end of summer may be a bummer, but you should quit yer bawlin’ and… let… fall… in. Oh yes.

It’s as if the clothing designers of Paris, New York and Milan somehow had Newfoundland in mind when they were coming up with their fall 2007 lines—chunky knits are high fashion these days, and your mom will be pleased, because layers are as much fashion sense as common sense for fall.

Pull out your scarves, hats, vests, and cardigans and create a layered-up look. I’d say even those micro-dresses that were big this summer are doable in the fall Newfoundland climate—just slap on a section of thick stockings with socks overtop so they peak out of your boots.

As for boots, ankle-length and knee-high boots are definitely suitable for the season and weather. The French line Cacharel featured boots of all heights, since the fit is more important at the moment. Boots should be loose-fitting at the top, like a rubber boot (which also means the rubber boot is also showing up on runways—rolled down or worn straight-up.)

All of these trends are part of a grunge revival… but without the loss of shape. Hour-glass silhouettes are being maintained by belting that loose sweater, dress or jacket. Clothing lines shown by Betsey Johnson, as well as Rock and Republic, both used belts to keep the figure present despite high volume, multi-layered tops.

The usual hue suspects—brown, black, and gray are in this Fall’s colour palette, but royal blue and purple are popping up in Donna Karan’s line, among others. Jean Paul Gaultier used plaid throughout his autumn line, with rich red and golden tones. Relax, because you don’t need to bother coordinating all these things. This season is all about mixing and matching textures and colours.

According to Sarah Minty, all of these fashion trends are good news for local designers who specialize in Newfoundland textiles.

“There is fashion in Newfoundland and you don’t have to go elsewhere to find it,” she says.

Proof of that can be found at this weekend’s “Renegade Rags”, an event Minty helped to organise. It’s happening at the newly renovated Anna Templeton Centre on Saturday, September 29. More than 10 local designers’ woven, weaved and knitted wares will be featured as part of the final event for the Craft Council’s Youth Committee “Craftember” line-up. [The print edition of this article incorrectly stated Renegade Rags was happening on Friday, September 28 — it is in fact scheduled for Saturday the 29th. The Scope apologizes for the error.]

But if you need even more proof that Newfoundland styles are leading fall fashion trends… look no further than the 2nd annual downtown retailers fall fashion show, a fundraiser for the Kittiwake Dance Theatre. The Tuesday, October 2nd event at Club One will feature more than 20 shops and local designers as they unveil their fall collections on the runway. Participating retailers include: Johnny Ruth, Twisted Sisters, Ballistic, C’est Moi, Hostyle, Freeride, Hempware, amd Melon.

So pull out that cable-knit sweater, bundle up, layer up and you’ll update your look for the season.

(Photo: August & Lotta fall wear 2006)