The fabulous Arlene Goldstein, vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction for Belk, recently gave Charlotte editors and bloggers her take on the fashion of Fall 2011.
This season, it’s all about savvy restraint, she says, getting the maximum effect for minimal effort. “We’re looking for clothes with versatility and things that can give us mileage,” she said during last week’s presentation at the SouthPark store.
For Belk, Fall appears to be about taking classics and slightly setting them on edge. Cardigans are still strong players, Goldstein says, but this year with beading and pattern work and prints. Fur continues to be important as a completer piece (vest, jacket, stole), but keep an eye out for it to really move into accessories and trim.
Retro influences abound as pant legs widen while waistlines rise (thank goodness). Flowy, floral or printed tops are so very YSL, while boxy tops and dolman sleeves give fans of 1980s silhouettes something to be excited about.
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And for those of us who adored the poncho craze of five years ago, they’re baaaa-ack along with their dressier, more structured cousin, the cape.
And finally, my beloved boots are going no where! Anything goes when it comes to boots this fall, from shooties to cowboy boots to lug-sole motorcycle boots. Detailing is key, as is heel height and style. Wedges, which we can’t seem to get enough of this summer, will walk right into fall, but as important profiles in boots.