So the cool kids of the fashion world have shown their stuff at New York Fashion Week and a few key trends have emerged. Keep in mind when buying now, whats going to be hot next year.
1. All White
2. Sheer, delicate fabrics
3. Get conservative
Hello high necklines! Goodbye upper arms! Ready-to-wear got decidedly conservative at NYFW this year. Maybe it's the economy, maybe it's insecurity, maybe everyone has just had too much of the Kardashians and not enough Kate Middleton, but whatever has caused it, it's a win for workers. Staying on-trend and professional has never been easier.
4. The Digital Age continues
6. Behold the blazer
They were everywhere! (score for the corporate fashion blogger) Get amongst it with coloured, detailed blazers that are heavily tailored to the female figure - none of this boyfriend rubbish in 2013. The new style, as we saw on the runways last week is the blazer as a uniquely feminine piece - often paired with a dress or skirt in midi-length, often very tailored and often decoratively embellished. Always strong, and always wearable.
This was the real win for corporate women this NYFW.
7. Go mono
8. Going pant-less
It happened. Not generally advisable for the corporate wardrobe but hey, for those willing to test the bounds of the office "casual friday" policy...
So the Vogue Fashion's Night Out hits Sydney tomorrow from 5pm. It's the third incarnation of the now annual shopping extravaganza and it seems to just keep getting bigger. Nearly every shop in town is hosting some type of "event" although there is considerable range in there quality of events on offer. For us mere mortals with only 5 hours to shop, sip and soak up the glossy atmosphere, how to prioritise? Which are the events that are REALLY worth attending, and when? Never fear, in an attempt to sort the wheat from the chaff, the silk from the polyester, I present my guide to the best of VFNO Sydney!
1 - Get your game plan sorted
Generally speaking there are three types of benefit on offer to shoppers at this year's VFNO: the blanket discount (10%/20% off all stock etc) the gift with purchase (eg. spend over $200 and receive a free $50 gift card) and the party (free cupcakes/giftbags/photoshoot/manicure/DJs etc). If there is a particular item you have been eyeing off for a while, it is well worth checking out what that store is doing - if you can pick up a 15% discount on an item you were already going to buy it is definitely worth dropping in on Thursday night. However, if half of Sydney are going to be crammed into that postage stamp boutique, it might not be the best time for an extended fitting.
If, like me, you haven't got much of an agenda, it is essential to determine who is doing the best freebies. Read on.
2 - Get in early
So, a number of places are doing special things for the first few shoppers in the door/who make a purchase. He's my pick of the places to head early to maximise your goody bag action:
The strategic celebrity appearance is also a big thing at this year's VFNO. If you have had your fill of goody-bag grabbing and are ready to chill out and soak up the atmosphere, head to these places to enjoy some sweet beats:
As well as the myriad little treats, there are also some serious prizes up for grabs this year. A lot of them involve liking various products and brands on facebook, so make sure your phone is on hand and fully charged!
Limited edition is always a big thing in fashion, so naturally it is huge thing on Fashion's Night Out. For those who love a little exclusivity, the following items will only be available for purchase on Thursday night (and then in the bargain bins on Friday… lol, jokes… they wouldn't do that, would they?!).
Ballet fans head directly to Sambag, who are releasing a limited edition swan lake collection to celebrate 50 years of the Australian Ballet - and there will be canapes and other good things too:http://www.vogue.com.au/fno/retailers/sambag,87
Fashion is, and always should be primarily about having fun. No matter if it's on sale or not, no matter if you get a gift with purchase or not, no matter if it is exclusive or not, if you see something you love, that’s fits you and makes you feel great - buy it. It's as simple as that. Worry about the credit card bill later, or at least that's what I predict Louboutain's fortune reader will tell you...