Putting on THE RITZ

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - STYLE -

VIVA la glam! It is all about lav­ish, luxe looks for fall/win­ter 2010 and I can hardly wait to start shop­ping for this sea­son’s hottest dress trends — call it a lust for lux­u­ri­ous tex­tiles or a love for lu­mi­nous em­bel­lish­ments, but this fash­ion­ista just adores an eye-catch­ing, pretty frock.

Ac­cord­ing to glam gos­sip, those in the know at the var­i­ous fall Fash­ion Week shows is that the lat­est styles on the run­way were all about mov­ing away from min­i­mal­ist and re­served into glam­orous and fab­u­lous — with­out look­ing Gaga, if you catch my drift.

Think Golden Age of Hol­ly­wood meets mod­ern-day ur­ban chic, or per­haps clas­sic so­phis­ti­ca­tion meets stream­lined, con­tem­po­rary street — need­less to say, evening­wear this sea­son is not for the wallflower.

One of my favourite fall/win­ter 2012 fash­ion trends has to be lace, em­broi­dery and bro­cade. So sim­ply beau­ti­ful to look at and yet so in­tri­cate in craft and de­sign — what’s not to love?

With a feel that’s at once ro­man­tic and fem­i­nine but also boldly ex­trav­a­gant and clas­sic, this sea­son’s lace-, em­broi­dery- and bro­cade-adorned gar­ments of­fer a touch of old-world em­bel­lish­ment with the best of new-world style with a bit of an in-your-face twist.

And it’s not all about glamour via nee­dle and thread — op­u­lent looks also take a prom­i­nent spot on the run­way of real-life style this sea­son. Yes, I’m talk­ing about those sparkly tex­tiles that you know you should re­ally leave for evening, but boldly wear to the of­fice any­way, with a con­fi­dence that is all yours.

Don’t be afraid to pair up a satin (or shiny) dress with a smart tai­lored jacket and some clas­sic ac­ces­sories such as grandma’s pearls, or sim­ple sparkly studs, a leather at­taché and pair of pumps in a bold hue.

Speak­ing of ac­ces­sories, this fall is all about em­brac­ing that in­ner diva by adding a lit­tle more oomph to your ensem­ble.

A great way to do this is with some sleek leather gloves — they look fan­tas­tic with a cropped-sleeve sweater or light wool belted cape on an af­ter­noon stroll — or opt for an over­sized clutch, big enough to fit the day’s es­sen­tial items and small enough to take you from day to night in a snap.

Whether you go with a touch of lux­ury or go all-out glam, it’s all about em­brac­ing a bit of diva this fall/win­ter… and af­ter a few years of ton­ing it down and keep­ing it lowkey, I think we all de­serve a bit of fash­ion ex­trav­a­gance.

Got a sug­ges­tion for a fu­ture col­umn or a fash­ion trend worth fol­low­ing? Email Con­nie Tamoto at con­ni­eta­moto­fash­ion@hot­mail.com

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