Sometimes I think I will never truly reach absolute adulthood, but at the same time I’m always delighted to discover I may not be completely alone.
As is our wont, Susan, my great friend and creator of the brilliant Une Femme blog, and I tend to get quite excited when La Rentrée rolls around. Basically it’s that “back-to-school” frisson, which makes us want to run out and find one or more new somethings-or-other to add to our wardrobes.
Every September the sensation returns when the French press announces:”C’est la Rentrée!”
The rentée is when parents set out, official list in hand, to buy the required supplies for the new school year. The rentrée for us big girls no longer includes pencils and notebooks, but rather the arrival of the fashion magazines wherein we’re told in capsule form — making it easier to stay on message — the fall/winter trends we think we “need” (more likely, want than need for most of us).
I’m particularly pleased to see that there is a “revival” of the menswear look, which I don’t think ever died so that it could be resuscitated. At least it never died in my world. I would definitely be tempted by Vanessa Bruno’s pantsuit, particularly because it could be broken apart to multiply its function. Fortunately I own a black velvet suit exactly like this one.
According to the French magazines, which I devour this time of year, these are the trends: (Let me add a qualifier, I consider my interest in the reports primarily theoretical unless I find something I start dreaming about, and I think I may have. . .)
- Menswear — duly noted.
- Velvet — myriad interpretations.
- Capes — spare me.
- Tapestry — sort of like furniture, except clothes.
- Fussy sweaters — sometimes heavy, often intricately knitted, occasionally with a message.
- Shearling — all sorts, if that’s your thing.
- Embellishments — lots of beading and embroidery splattered on everything from biker jackets to evening gowns.
- Shiny — looks like vinyl, but it’s probably mostly leather — but who cares?
- Puffers — warm, but ultimately not flattering. Still, the choices are there.
- Period pieces — Lots of periods are covered including Victorian and Elizabethan, some very pretty.
I would most definitely like to possess the stunning velvet jacket in the set above, particularly because it is like nothing I have ever owned and, as luck would have it, I have a pair of wide-leg bordeaux satin pants in my closet.
I must be honest though, unfortunately my life does not provide enough opportunities to even consider buying the jacket. If it did; I would.
However, I really would seriously contemplate buying the beautiful camel cashmere coat from Eric Bompard. No, let’s change my verbs: I am considering buying. . .
It would fit nicely into my life. In a perfect world I would add the camel and black shawl (to be worn as a scarf), the hat, the earrings and the bag. The bottines and the ballerinas aren’t bad either. The black outfits are already in my closet, which I’m sure does not surprise you in the least.
If you would like to ease gently into La Rentrée, the nail polish colors are new for fall.
In the fun-filled world of fashion, there are oodles of ways to signal we know what’s IN right-this-second. You know, if we care. . .