There’s a distinctly retro feel to fashion this fall, but don’t mistake that for a lack of modernity. For every wide leg pant that conjures the 1960s and 1970s, there’s a blast of super-saturated color that is refreshingly new.
The collision of old, new, bright, bold and precise minimalism allows for endless personalization and expression. This season, it’s all about savvy restraint and getting the maximum effect for minimal effort, says trend guru Arlene Goldstein (whose exact title is vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction for Belk). Take the classics and slightly set them on edge.
Gone are the dreary winter days of dark jewel tones and a sea of black and gray. Technicolor hues — especially red, green and blue — march straight into fall, instantly adding a pop of sophistication to any look. And the color can take any form, from trousers to shoes to a chic envelope clutch.
Graphic prints, texture, strong metallic accessories and an abundance of fur (faux and otherwise) all pile on to a stunning end this season, referencing the Far East and Native Americans, among other influences.
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“Fashion is a global business. We are no longer dressed in traditional clothes,” designer Oscar de la Renta said while visiting Charlotte in April. “Today’s woman is a woman of the world. The world is her store.”
Editor's note: The SouthPark Magazine fall fashion shoot took place in the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in honor of the late Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden, whose 100th birthday on Sept. 2 is being commemorated in a series of cultural events countywide. See story and calendar of events here. Pictured in shots 2 and 7 above are three works by Bearden in the Gantt Center's permanent collection: From left, Morning Ritual, collage with acrylic on plywood, 20" by 6.75", 1986; Homage to Mary Lou, lithograph, 29" by 20", 1984; Harlem Street Scene, lithograph, 30" by 24," ca. 1973. Art copyright Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, www.ganttcenter.orgHair and makeup: Danielle Maddox and Adrian D. HoweModels: Courtney Peterson, Shawna Daye and Erin JacksonDirections USA, www.directionsusa.com
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