FASHION BRIEFS J.LO SPEAKS
Jennifer Lopez made her New York Fashion Week debut with an upscale line labeled Sweetface, a name she says an old agent used to call her. It's something, she says, that she's taking very seriously.
"I don't fancy myself a big designer or anything," she said. "Anything I put my name on is not just about making a buck. If I'm going to take on a venture like this, I want to make sure that it's something that I could be proud of."
Her collection hit on some of the trends to look for next fall -- metallics, embellishment, high waists and loose shapes. Some of the key looks from Lopez were babydoll dresses, fur capes and a striking champagne-colored silk chiffon jumpsuit with crystal trim.
The biggest trend emerging last week from Fashion Week is volume.
No collection was more voluminous than that of Marc Jacobs, who piled huge wrap coats over baggy sweaters over draggy, full skirts. Significantly, his models wore flat shoes. Stilettos could hardly support all those massive layers. Reaction to the look was mixed. Some hailed the chunky, bottom-heavy outfits as the next big thing. Others hated it.
Among other trends:
Color. Black, usually a favorite, plays a minor role in these fall collections. Michael Kors teams black with white, red and cobalt blue, and Narciso Rodriguez adds a hint of pink to his mostly black-and-white collection. But for the most part, black is replaced with brown. And brown is teamed with rich shades of burgundy, gold and especially blue, from brilliant sapphire to deep, dark teal.
Accessories. A key accessory is a long, chunky necklace with golf-ball-sized beads or heavy chains. Belts are also big. Oversized handbags are another must-have.
Romantic. Gypsy-inspired smocks, tunics and peasant blouses -- often embellished with embroidery, beads or sequins -- are a recurring theme for younger women.
Jackets. Velvet or tweed, came in every length and style, both fitted and loose. Trench coats, tightly belted, are a big look for day and evening.
Sweaters. The gamut from shrunken turtlenecks to oversized Aran-style pullovers and cardigans.