STYLE NEWS West­world, but make it fash­ion. Plus, the lat­est col­labs you need to get your hands on.

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Fash­ion got a lit­tle bit coun­try this sea­son, with down-home styles in rich tones dom­i­nat­ing the run­ways. The over­all mood feels cel­e­bra­tory, thanks to the main­stream­ing of size-in­clu­sive de­sign­ers, cozy col­labs and buzzy new la­bels. Yee-haw!

WHEN I WAS IN high school, I owned three pairs of cow­boy boots and half a dozen ea­gleem­broi­dered but­ton-downs and was al­ways search­ing for a new bolo tie to add to my col­lec­tion. But be­fore you pic­ture a non-bionic Dolores Aber­nathy, know that I al­ways stuck to a rule: no more than one piece of cow­boy kitsch at a time. (Af­ter all, ninth grade is cruel ground on which to demon­strate one’s love of suede fringe.) Fast­for­ward to the fall/win­ter 2018 run­ways, where de­sign­ers em­braced the west—but with none of my Grade 9 re­straint. Is­abel Marant gave us the mod­ern an­swer to the looks in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with blan­ket coats and ban­dit scarves with a dash of French in­sou­ciance. Things took a mood­ier turn at Al­berta Fer­retti with flat-brimmed hats, stud­ded belts and black leather—if the fall run­ways were a West­ern film, Fer­retti’s model crew would def­i­nitely be the bad guys. And at Chloé, de­signer Nat­acha Ram­say-Levi’s patch­work satin blouses and furry fringe of­fered a more whim­si­cal take on the style. Away from the run­ways, indie brands like L.A.-based Dôen and buzzy new­comer Bat­sheva are ped­dling this sea­son’s It piece: the prairie dress. High-necked and printed with mi­cro-flo­rals, it’s the chicly fem­i­nine al­ter­na­tive to the typ­i­cally mas­cu­line over­tones of cow­boy­wear. So why is it sud­denly cool to look like a West­world ex­tra? Per­haps it’s another chap­ter of the es­capism nar­ra­tive that fash­ion pro­vides or a re­turn to a nos­tal­gic and eas­ily idol­ized type of Amer­i­cana. What­ever the cause, it’s the sea­son to head west, sar­to­ri­ally speak­ing—but this time, I won’t limit my­self to just one piece. †

El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and James Dean in Gi­ant Evan Rachel Wood in West­world Michelle Dock­ery in God­less

Leather bag, Coach 1941 ($685, ca. coach.com)

Leather boots, Boulet ($300, at Si­mons, si­mons.ca)

Silk dress, Paige ($540, paige.com)

Moon­stone, quartz and gold­plated-metal neck­lace, Erin Tracy ($250, er­in­tracy.ca)

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