I swear it is true! The Fall 2010 designer collections were full of - trousers, many of them full leg indeed. While I've written about the Charlie Girl reference earlier this summer, I had to give a shout out to those beautiful pants that are in stores NOW! With so many to choose from, three stuck out in my mind as I watched the shows. So diplomatic I am - as here are looks from NY, Paris, & Milan!
John Bartlett is a tried and true New Yorker. With his downtown boutique, John has kept to his ideal of the men and women he designs for. Never one to follow a trend, John is more apt to reference a vintage issue of GQ from the 60's. Always rugged, with an upscale finish - his collections have a sexy edge. His trouser looks for the gals this fall were very Jodie Foster circa 1976. Vests and all! The pants a bit more fitted than Foster wore promoting Bugsy Malone.. but gave me the vibe. John also has a passion for pets - being a tireless crusader for the North Shore Animal League and pet adoption. He often hosts adoption days at his boutique in NYC. His logo even incorporates his charitable spirit and beautiful dog - Tiny Tim! To find out more about JB and his cause click Tiny Tim!
CHLOE is a brand that has a history with pants. When Stella McCartney took over for Karl Lagerfeld in the early 90's, she brought with her from London, a master tailor from Savile Row. This was the dawn of the mix and match - tailoring with soft and silky pieces. The tradition continued with Phoebe Philo after Stella Left. For fall 2010, designer Hannah MacGibbon softened the look. Her pants are fuller and cut to move as you do, with tone on tone silk blouses to match. Think Linda Evans as Krystle Carrington in Dynasty.
In Milan, for his premiere Women's collection for Ferragamo, Massimiliano Giornetti hit the seasons trends right on the head. His tailored looks were a bit sexy, a bit tomboy, and a dose of 70's glam thrown in to mix it up. His tailored pants hit a little higher and paired with lurex knits have a retro feel that is wearable. Think Faye Dunaway in The Eyes of Laura Mars crossed with Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.
While I'm thinking of the Fall shows - I kept running into uber stylist Nicole DiMiceli all over town during fashion week. She is a total chameleon that one! One night she will be sleek and glam in Winter White - then the next day she will be a totally curly bohemian, then the next sophisticated lady. Nicole is always working on some big project - for some big client - usually no names - hush hush you know! (You learn not to ask after a while). Without naming names, let's just say - you have seen her work. Keep up the glam work Nicole!
So, now that there is a hint of Fall in the air, get yourself a pair of trousers to work the sidewalk for the months to come. If you go the designer route, invest in a pair with classic details. This way you are sure to have them for years to come. If you want to go super trendy, head to one of the fast fashion Meccas like H&M or Zara - they will be knocking off the looks before you can say fall trendsl! Click on the brand links above to find the store nearest you.