As New York City’s inhabitants survive this brutal winter, the burqa-ing of its women on the street has led to some twists in fashion, as the fashionistas, and those just tired of the ubiquitous scarf and hat and boots, attempt to impose some personality onto their necessary attire for survival in the brutal cold, ice, and snow this season. These are people who walk, walk everywhere, and they are seen and they intend to make some sort of a statement on their way. It is no longer enough to have a pretty dog on a collar and lead- they are breaking out with their own innovations as to how to tool their survival gear.
What can you see walking down Lexington Avenue? The pull down ruin your hair caps have been transformed into classic felt wool hats with brims, with an ornamental brooch pinned to it, or angling the brim to the body of the hat, generally in a vivid color. Five layers of light weight and ruffled scarves, roped together, twisting their way into a fashion statement of color and composition. A shorter coat cut closely to the body but cuffed outrageously a la Audrey Hepburn in fur on its cuffs and hem. Sometimes the buttons have been replaced by a patterned or colored button set that is deco or jeweled. Heavy leggings in wild patterns or black one with high socks in opposing patterns pulled up over to the knee, all inserted into lower heel boots (remember the ice and slush) with their own jewelry of straps and buckles, or with cuffs cut onto the bias creating their own turn of the ankle, a la Victorian mores.
And then, in place in their chic luncheons, comes the unveiling. Black New York has become burnt orange/ tropical yellow/ acid green (all mixed with a bit of black, to be sure) and mid 60’s patterns. Bias cuts, transparent skirts cut short over those leggings, a dolman sleeve or two with a crossed over front, never symmetrical, always a bit off. New York women are still saying “look at me” in their survival mode, finding a way to walk in the snow with attitude. They will use it, the constant white confetti, as an accent color to their transcendent ability to surface 60 inches of snow(thus far) in style and good taste but always, always with an edge.
Conclusion? Manhattan trends indicate more turbans, fur, lacing, zippers, anything not linear or horizontal – all on bias, layered, inner clothing used to drape outer clothing as the new edge of New York’s Manhattan fashionista. Deconstructed and creative is here to stay a’la Manhattan style.