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Friday, February 27th 2009

fashion week: a buyer’s perspective

Shopbop apparel buyer Jane Albiter gives a re-cap of Fashion Week trends and a preview of what we’ll see on shopbop this fall.

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A lace-edged look from Anna Sui.

Another fashion week, another season: where does the time go? This year’s fashion week was definitely DARK. Black is back in a big way!

I saw leather trim, leather jackets and dresses; I loved Rag & Bone’s black knit leggings with leather detail and Helmut Lang’s great leather leggings and dresses with leather detail. Other fabrics that designers represented were velvet and lace. Lace is such a chic detail; Anna Sui and Jill Stuart both showed dresses and blouses with lace trim.

Another fall trend is the oversized shaggy-knit vests and sweaters, so cozy and so chic. Some standout shaggy knits were by Alexander Wang, Elizabeth and James, and Haute Hippie. All I want these days is an oversized shaggy sweater vest…I can’t believe I have to wait until August!

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A shaggy knit stands out on the Alexander Wang runway.

Last but not least, every girl should have a black blazer for fall in her closet, whether it’s a boyfriend blazer, an exaggerated shoulder blazer, or a cropped tux blazer. It’s a must-have and looks great with everything, from a pair of leggings, skinny jeans, or over a dress.

We’ll see a lot of these trends within many collections for fall on shopbop, with different brands translating these trends in their own way.

--Jane Albiter

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