•  Spring/Summer 2018 Runway
  • ​Personal 2017/2018 Fall/Winter Runway
Galleries



The gallery section of this website serves two purposes, to demonstrate my current "closet collection", and the second to get a "heads up" for the next fashion season.:   This first section will alternate between the current fashion season and the next (it is simpler for me not to have to start all over in arranging the text, pictures, etc, and obviously, the "next" fashion season will become the current "closet collection as the next season approaches:  currently,  the fashion shown in the first gallery will be my anticipated "closet collection"  for Spring/summer 2018.  My purpose for showing both seasons is to provide a   "heads up" on what to look for when shopping your own personal closet for an up-coming fashion season.  Hopefully, the information will also serve in demonstrating how each of us can make the most of our fashion budget when adding to our fashion budget.

As always, the mixes of garments in a gallery will demonstrate the use of my existing wardrobe items to update my personal look for a given or projected fashion season  using the trends I wish to adopt from fashion runways in September or February (also other fashion forecasts, etc.)  Because the ready-to-wear fashion trends are illustrated during  "Fashion Week" (New York, London, Paris, Milan) every season , I  am able to make the personal adaptations from my my closet to create the "looks" I will adapt.  I call these my "closet collections."  

After watching over 100 fashion shows during "Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2018,  I am fully prepared to complete (?) my own closet collection for SS 2018;  I have a few adjustments to make to my previous forcasts, but basically, most of what I predicted was shown on the runway; just the degree was a bit out of 'kilter'.  Here is the latest update after New York:

Major trends for Spring/Summer 2018 are:

T-shirts with wildly patterned art looks,
Belts on everything; many styles, mostly wide.
Atheleisure will continue; much of it 'over the top'
Transparent garments will continue, but much less
White and cream will continue; also 'soft beige' and taupe.
Unusual pairing of strongly saturated color,
Polynesian prints, especially those with big leaves.
​Appliques will continue
Bold and varied colors in accessories
Handbags on small side and unusual shapes
Separates either totally matched prints or not at all (matched).
Favored colors are rose pink, orange, yellow, spring greens, intense blue or very light blue, pale stripes (usually narrow)  or very bold (mostly wide)


So far, I find a lot of the ensembles shown that I would wear to be a lot of fun;  a bonus as I believe that fashion should be fun as well as flattering.  I expect to create several ensembles that I will love to wear.  I am adding to my closet a  collar edged with pleated lace and heavily appliqued with small flowers that I believe will transition from my FW 2017 fashion looks, a nautical rope belt that will be worn with both pants and summer skirts, and a Polynesian shirt (or two).  I expect to wear a lot of the Polynesian look next spring and will certainly be mixing my separates for pleasing color combinations.  I have already identified a couple of pair of shoes to complete my looks,

      My Spring 2018 Wardrobe 

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My 2017/18 Fall/Winter Wardrobe

 Of course, I am now getting my closet arranged for the Winter 2017/18  fashion trends that will include continuation of the leather look, a little more "senior" transparency, turtlenecks, a little fur, wide belts, oversized prints in fanciful colors, oversized men's looks, belted jackets and coats, empire layers over longer shirts, and the checks and plaids of traditional men's wear.  I have kept some of the same ensembles from the past fall in the gallery because they fit right into the upcoming fall season, and I will certainly be wearing them. (personally, I have found that I can wear almost any of my combinations for about three seasons before that "look" becomes "dated"....of course, that does not pertain to a "fad" whose lifespan in much shorter-sometimes less than one season)​​
In this second "gallery" I posted the fashions of the ensembles I am wearing that were inspired by the Fall/Winter 2017 runway shows completed in February of 2017, (and some tear outs of fashion magazines) . I have already identified most of the looks that I wish to wear as fall sets in, and have included as many as I can to demonstrate how I create up to date fashion using clothing already in my closet.  As you can see in the gallery, many of the same ensembles I used this last fall season will fit right into the style trends for next fall. I am also making the minor modifications or purchases that I want to complete these looks.  (I have already bought most of the items to produce the effects I wanted, and because I was able to forecast, I bought at the most economical price.

The 2017--2018 fall/winter "looks" I am building are based on houndstooth or gingham, Harris tweeds, and other classic plaid fabrics.  I will definitely be leaning toward the "menswear" look in these garments; especially in my choice of shoes.  I will also be wearing a lot of dark wash denims, especially with the darker hued Breton, turtleneck, and Polo tees that are still on trend along with the leather and fur looks of the past season re-imagined into a more boho look.  I will be adding to the gallery as I assemble and wear each look.

Belts and scarves are definately fashion favorites this season; mixed patterns are still the rage, although I do not wear very many of that aesthetic; oversized neckline treatments and sleeves, and funky draping are  treated lightly (if at all) in my styling as they do not suit my body type;  neither is the extreme transparency of many of the fashions shown on the fall runway, although I do have a few projected conservative examples.  I have not included a label for each of the trends I am adopting if the ensemble already fits into another catagory; for instance, appliques are one of the trends, but I have outfits in denim, etc., that already show that ensemble.


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