Fashion Group International at FIT

The Fashion Group International (FGI) held its Ready To Wear trend overview for fall/winter 2007–2008 at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Stan Herman, president of Stan Herman Studio, moderated the program, which was introduced by Margaret Hayes, president of FGI. Marylou Luther, author of the trend report, demonstrated that color, wearability, textures and shine were among the recurrent motifs on the runways. From silver sheen and other metallics to luminous leather, studs and sequins, little girl looks were long gone, replaced by a “new propriety.”

Hair and makeup stood out as “kissable, undismissable, glossy, saucy, cherries in the snow,” said Luther, with Marilyn Monroe red lips being the makeup signature of the season. “Psychologists say we color our lips because we want to be heard,” said Luther, noting that red lips shown on the runways seemed to echo that sentiment. She also noted a direct contrast to that look and a minimalist turn demonstrated through lipstick-free, bare faces. In addition, when shown with “propriety/society” mode outfits, eyebrows were arched and high.

“In New York, hair was mostly off the face, knotted, pony tailed or twisted into buns and chignons,” said Luther. “In Europe, hair was generally worn down, often lengthened and thickened with extensions.” Gloves, bags, shoes, fur, fabric innovation and color were also part of the mix.

Panelists discussing the latest looks included Ken Downing, fashion director, Nieman Marcus; Stephanie Solomon, fashion director, Bloomingdale’s; Ed Burstell, general merchandising manager, Bergdorf Goodman; and Marylou Luther. MAC Cosmetics, Solstiss Bucol, Lord & Taylor, Cotton, Inc. and Ecco Domani sponsored the event.

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