Leggy “J” has been a loyal follower of All the Tall things since it began, often sending me wonderfully encouraging emails and sharing her tips and advice on how to dress a tall figure.
But until recently I was completely oblivious to the fact that she’s actually a knock-you-sideways, drop-dead-gorgeous model type; one who this week has been walking the runways for a plethora of household fashion names in NYC.
Here she is looking effortlessly cool and pretty in her off-duty wear.
That coat. Want.
And here are her notes on the trends from the NY runway…
An Insider’s View
NYFW has a reputation for being conservative and taking few risks and this year even more so. London is traditionally very edgy, but underfunded. Italy is in serious recession, so we will see how careful the designers are.
Colour of the Moment
The colour that stands out is a deep maroon called oxblood. It was everywhere from DerekLam and Hilfiger to Alexander Wang and Philip Lim. I am not very strong on color, but think this will look good on a lot of women and will be what sells next Fall. I think it looks good on anyone except a really pale blonde (like me). I really love the color!
Leather and Fur
There is a lot of fur on accessories and a lot of plain black leather – especially leather gloves. I saw some block printed leather from someone, but can’t remember who – just once though. The sweaters are the chunky cable knit variety.
(OBVIOUSLY WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO WITH THE FAUX! Thanks peeps! — Laura)
The best trend is not new, but it was very common – feminine men’s oxfords and brogue shoes. They were patterned, sometimes in bright colors and even metal. I saw some wonderful ones and wore them in one show. They are *so* much more comfortable and practical than ballet flats. I know a lot of tall women have shoe envy and go crazy with heels from the few speciality companies. I don’t mind the extra height, but don’t really care either. I just want something that is good for my feet and looks good.
On shoes people have been predicting the end of the super high heels for a few years, yet women keep choosing them. As someone who is forced to wear the craziest possible heels and look good walking in them, I’m amazed women still push for heels. I work very hard to keep foot injury down by wearing heels only infrequently. The sad thing is a poorly walked heel has negative sex appeal and so many women look foolish trying to walk along with too tall shoes.
Hmmm… negative sex appeal. Not sure that’s something that J needs to worry about. Thanks very much chick! Hope the rest of the week goes well. I’m off to get myself one of those lovely forehead circlet thingys….