There is a difference between inspirational fashion and realistic fashion. But I’ve noticed that the line gets blurry for fashion editors and designers who have been in the business a little too long. They start to forget not everyone is a size zero, it’s impractical to walk around in seven-inch heels, and buying something that’s only going to be worn for one season is wasteful.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be able to wear super-mini black and gold dresses from Balmain, but I don’t think my thighs would permit it. And if only Burberry’s shearling bombers wouldn’t look absolutely ridiculous anywhere except for the Bryant Park tents. Oh, and how readily I would invest in furs from Dennis Basso, LSD inspired prints from Versace and gowns galore from Halston if I had a million dollars and no conscience. But I’m not rich and I can’t help but think about what else my money could be going towards aside from thousand dollar shoes (i.e., Save the Children, my borderline non-existent IRA).
Below are my top ten (plus one for good luck) realistic and wearable looks for next season. Which one is your favorite?
I love the trench over the full skirt. Reminds me of An Affair to Remember.
The above looks are all from Dries Van Noten Fall/Winter 2010 (if I had room to post the entire collection I would have). I particularly adore the layered shirts and satin skirt for night.
Chloe F/W ’10. I simply love turtlenecks tucked in to wide-leg pants. Always have, always will.
I’ve always said that bra straps can be your best accessory–thank you Dolce for backing me up on this one.
Dolce & Gabbana F/W ’10
Stella McCartney F/W ’10: dreamy monochromatic casual.
Easy, classic chic at Isabelle Marant F/W ’10
Phillip Lim always does so easily what I constantly struggle to achieve: this season, rocker, but sweet. 3.1 Phillip Lim F/W ’10
Apparently Miuccia is just as mad for Mad Men as I am. Prada F/W ’10
All images: Style.com