then I saw it. Dior’s designers put the
card design into a pantleg—one pantleg that walked down the runway. It is
not my favorite of the show but I smiled
when I saw it, and the smiling led to
two pop up quotes from my own memory banks. “Embrace your misfortu-nate side,” I hear Darth Vader tell me.
“Hello Tower, my old friend” the Simon
and Garfunkel in my imagination sing.
I guess disaster does not scare me anymore. Maybe I’m just used to it. This
tells me that I have to get my old cards
out and see what is coming for fall
2018, beyond an overwhelming sense
of sartorial bewilderment.
Catherine Berlin is a writer and Buffalo native
currently living in Sweden.
Peace of mind attire
Scarf-inspired concepts from Christian Wijnants
couture with the
model’s left leg
embracing the tarot’s
Let’s not call these rules.
Actually, rules bully. Let’s think
of these as ideas that you
are free to adopt or chew on
or kick to the curb. Actually,
don’t kick anything to the curb.
Recycle into a concept that fits
your lifestyle and approach.
Nothing seems as pushed
toward an application to clown
school as this year’s signature
sunglasses. Finally, an
opportunity for performance art.
Once a month sneak
something out of your
Once a month sneak
something out of your mother’s
Having said that, if you wear
your daughter’s glitter Uggs
into the grocery store for the
coffee milk, little girls will stare
at you. Then you will remember
you are wearing glitter Uggs.
There are a few looks that not
even a model can pull off. One
of those is Berkenstocks with
No matter how trending it
becomes, be careful with
yellow-greens. I’m not saying
“not;” I’m saying be careful and
test the look under different
If you are going to wear
something to make a
statement, own the look.
If there is an artist you adore,
like Matisse and his stencils or
Mondrian’s color blocking or
O’Keeffe’s undulation, look for
that pattern or approach in your
Who decided that pockets were
a bad idea for women?
Do not waste any energy
thinking that this year you
will be better than last. That’s
too negative. Find a way to
embrace what you have going
for you now, and work to
expand the positive.
In real life, we have weather.
Just because we have weather
does not mean you should
wear a ski jacket over a slip
dress. I know that look. At best
its suggests “trying too hard,” at
worst it produces reactions like,
“Oh, that poor woman.”
If you have a piece of clothing
that you love and it looks
great on you but it is worn or
outdated, find a tailor.
Inspect your shoes.
Fashion writers use phrases
like “clean edge,” which today
can almost sound like an
oxymoron. Everything evolves.
On the other hand, fishnets are
still fishnets. –CB