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