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Fall Fashion Special

What Vogue, Elle, and others say about sequins, oversized sweaters, and “urban warrior” chic.

Harper’s Bazaar, September 2006
Get ready for the “urban warrior” look. Valerie Steele writes that warrior-style dressing is “perversely erotic,” as the look “effortlessly combines the dualities of male/female, hard/soft, aggression/seduction.” Steele points to a Proenza Schouler dress that looks like chain mail, an armorlike dress from John Galliano for Dior, and a Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel dress with a breastplate made of sequins as examples of the trend. Elsewhere, cover model Gwyneth Paltrow models romantic gowns and a chinchilla coat on the grounds of an estate, and writer Gail Sheehy recalls her friend Diane Arbus, the subject of upcoming biopic Fur. After one of their meetings in 1968, Sheehy writes that she remembers thinking, “This was a woman preparing to give herself up to death.” Arbus committed suicide three years later.

W, September 2006
In an interview, cover model Christina Ricci says, “I was kind of weird when I was a kid. And I’ve been told that as an adult I can be very unsettling.” In the accompanying photo spread, Ricci channels Louise Brooks as she models a rhinestone-beaded dress, a sequined dress, and other embellished clothing. No garment is safe from this season’s adornment craze—a silk coat by Roberto Cavalli comes with a beaded chinchilla fur collar, while a Yves Saint Laurent silk organza dress is decorated with dozens of organza roses and a huge bow. Another fashion spread, shot by Bruce Weber, features Kate Moss on the streets of Detroit surrounded by residents young and old, famous and not. Trends identified by W this season include plaid, shearling, bubble skirts, embroidery, geometric patterns, the ubiquitous urban warrior look, glam menswear for women, and feathers. 

Elle, September 2006
The magazine’s top trends for fall include lots of plaid, slouchy trousers (but skinny jeans), oversized watches, cable-knit bags, and updated peacoats. A photo spread featuring cover model Lindsay Lohan highlights the trend toward embellishment, showing the actress variably wearing a large, feathered green shrug, a rhinestone-trimmed T-shirt dress, a red-striped sequined top, and a silk sequined dress. In Andrew Goldman’s interview with Lohan, she tells him, “I’ve been trying to go to Iraq with Hillary Clinton for so long. Hillary was trying to work it out, but it seemed too dangerous.” Elsewhere, Gretchen Reynolds profiles an HIV-positive woman, Christine Maggiore, who denies that HIV causes AIDS. After Maggiore’s 3-year-old daughter died, autopsy results showed she had the disease, but Maggiore claims it’s not true. Reynolds writes: “Modern science cannot, at least not yet, explain all aspects of AIDS. But, to be frank, it does a more persuasive and passionate job than Maggiore.”

Vogue, September 2006
Kirsten Dunst is on the cover dressed as Marie Antoinette, and Vogue continues the royal theme inside. One spread features a model in an 18th-century Viennese palace wearing luxurious items such as a velvet dress, an embroidered coat, a sequined tunic dress, and a coat with a heraldic crest. Other top trends the magazine identifies for fall include extra-large “grandpa” sweaters, slim tops with ultrawide pants, hoop skirts, swing coats, layering, and, one more time, the urban warrior look. In nonfashion coverage, Julia Reed writes about returning to her hometown of New Orleans as the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina nears. She describes the city as “up and down, like living in a big old half-empty house with an extremely volatile but occasionally charming alcoholic. You never know what’s going to happen or why, whether you’ll be slammed into a wall or presented with a dozen roses.”

Lucky, September 2006
Volume is key for fall, and Lucky presents a variety of ways to wear oversized or billowy sweaters, dresses, pants, skirts, and coats. It also highlights leopard prints, bell-sleeve jackets, leather skirts, belted trench jackets, and socks with high heels. The shoe guide features updated versions of some familiar styles, including loafer pumps, Mary Janes, platform pumps, and T-strap sandals. Boots come in several different styles this season, including knee-high, cuffed, and flat. The Lucky fall trend guide suggests how to incorporate the season’s styles into a personalized look. To pull off “funky femme,” one should “look for tie-neck blouses, layers of necklaces, and oversize metal accents”; the “opulent royal” look is characterized by “high-neck blouses, jewel-toned velvet and silk, and structured, nipped-in jackets”; and going “luxe country” requires “soft flannel and wool, bits of leather, and tough-but-feminine footwear.”