New designer Lee Avant presented an impressive debut collection last week in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. After completing a two-year draping program at FIT in May 2014, she embarked on a design career. This Brooklyn, N.Y.-based designer is originally from Greensboro, N.C. Her clothes are inspired by the 1970s American style. Avant holds a B.S. in communications from Emerson College.
In her collection, significant highlights included a gold stretch maxi dress and a stunning white dress with a low, V-shaped back. Another hit was her cream and white Neoprene coat and a black dolman top set up high-waisted pants in a gold print. Look out for this designer in the future.
In the forecast for fall-winter 2016, look for dresses and skirts in midi lengths. Can you believe the midi is back? The fall-winter look is very slimming, especially when you pair a long coat with a long skirt or pants. So far, these cloaks are button-less, but you can always add a button or two and a belt. These coat styles, worn as outerwear and sweaters, are often called “dusters.” What’s important though are the lengths, which are extralong, and their oversize shapes. Other features of this garment can include blanket styling, asymmetrical hems, belts and shawl collars.
Pants continue to flare out in voluminous leg widths. Think about culottes and wide-leg pants. Here, it’s all about the line and how it falls on your body. Though culottes are a bit shorter this season, they are still cropped in wide-leg styles. Note, the below-the-knee lengths are essential. There are flat front, wrapped waistlines and cuffed hems. In this series, knits work best. On top, turtleneck sweaters team up with matching sweaters and also look nice alone over pants or a skirt. Note that the turtleneck features have changed from hugging the neck tightly to a more relaxed, oversized shaping at the neck. “Slouchy” is a good word for it. This season, you will want a pretty blouse with full sleeves, deep-V necklines, ruffles, ties, front details and Bohemian looks. Bow blouses and peasant blouses are news.
Dresses are long, and they are called boho maxi. The look is romantic, especially made with diaphanous materials in flowing silhouettes. Newer updates include peasant sleeves, higher necklines and dramatic high slits. The most dramatic garment is the skirt that takes on a new identity. Skirt issues come up any which way with slits in front, back or on the side. Choose the fuller dirndl styles or the slim midis. Fuller styles have high waists or pleats whereas slim styles wrap and tie around the body.