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Trend Report

During the process of taking 2000 photos of fashion show attendees over the course of 2 days, I started to see some trends.  I don't talk a lot about trends, because I generally prefer people to look different from each other.  But it is nice to look "current" and to have fun with a new style.  The good news is that there are a lot of options.  So, pick the one that fits you.  

Here are the main trends I saw popping up in New York over and over again - 

Fringe

I saw fringe in Atlanta the other day worn this way - 

Red, white, and blue

It's not every season that a certain color combination is a trend, so I was surprised to see this combo pop up over and over.  You have to be a little careful, because you could easily look like the American (or French) flag.  But when worn with interesting pieces and proportions, you will look like you are happy about Fall.  If you need more support in order to wear some red,white and blue, Marc Jacobs' Spring 2016 collection is a vote for this trend.

Ripped jeans

This trend is old enough that it has trickled down to mainstream fashion, but the new factor in this trend is that ripped jeans are now considered fashionable enough to wear as normal pants to a nice event.  This is the second time this phenomenon has surfaced during my lifetime.  I remember having an argument with my mother regarding the appropriateness of wearing ripped jeans to lunch at a restaurant.  I won.  She was embarrassed.  That was in the 80's.   

Silver shoes

Flat shoes were abundant at New York Fashion Week, and coming in number 2 (sneakers were number 1), silver was the shoe of choice.  They are like jewelry for your feet.

And this trend has found its way to mainstream New York as well - 

Colored Frames

A little pop of color on your face is always nice - 

More trends

The trends keep coming - 

Which trend are you most likely to try?

Flats

I know sneakers are not normally called "flats" in the fashion world, but they are now being worn as "flats"...and are quickly replacing heels.  I am here to report that there were more flat shoes at New York Fashion Week than heels.  Halleluia!  

Don't get me wrong.  Heels are beautiful, but I love the fact that women's fashion has embraced practical shoes.  Sneakers, menswear style shoes, platform sandals - here we go!  

And there were a lot of silver shoes.

Eva Chen, Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram

Finding art and style around Atlanta

Leaving the suburbs behind, I took another tour of Atlanta.  I started in Poncey-Highland. 

And I found this guy - 

I love his outfit.  It is colorful and preppy, but he pulls it off in a cool way.  So cool that he fell asleep.

I wandered down the street and came across an old school laundromat.  The exterior of the facility is packed with graphic reflections in the windows, and the tree (with its full-street shadow) creates a generous frame.

I love finding people in their world - 

A little further down the street, I found some vibrant wall art in Inman Park - 

Painted by Tommy Taylor in conjunction with Whitespace Gallery

The office for  Mad Hat Creative .

The office for Mad Hat Creative.

And a rusted, elaborate iron gate in front of modern graffiti.

Inside Cobbler Union, I found art of different kind.  The space feels like a refined, masculine artist's loft and features their hand-crafted shoes in a casually sophisticated way.

This is my favorite (simple and sleek with a pop of color) - 

I had a lovely conversation with Daniel, the co-owner from Argentina, who said they want the store to present the highest quality of product without a pretentious attitude.  Men, if you want to step up your game, this is where you need to start.

Daniel Porcelli,  Cobbler Union

It's so fun to discover art around the city and to find people who are contributing to the increasingly stylish Atlanta culture.  I'll do more exploring of Atlanta tomorrow...

What are your shoes saying?

Your shoes are the strongest voice in your outfit.  They communicate your true attitude about getting dressed.  

Think about the 80's business woman who is wearing a suit with tennis shoes.  Her outfit is saying - "Someone made me wear this suit, but I would rather be wearing sweatpants."  

Or the female butcher I saw at Whole Foods today who paired polka-dotted clogs with her white chef's coat.  Her outfit was saying - "I have to stand up all day and cut meat, but I can have a little fun with it."

Or the teenager I saw in the parking lot who was wearing a tank top, jeans shorts, and the tiniest sliver of a sandal.  Her outfit was saying - "I'd rather be at the beach with no shoes."  

Just because your shoes are talking, it doesn't mean you have to wear fancy heels all the time.  (I rarely wear heels anymore, as my daughter noticed the other day.  "Why don't you ever wear heels like so-and-so?" she asked.  "Because I'm 10 years older than her and my foot pad is degenerating.")   Viva la flats!

 Here are some great options.  What do you think these shoes are saying?