Volume 94, Issue 9

Thursday, September 14, 2000


A sneak peak at Fall Fashions 2000

Sleeker shoes make the outfit

Accessorize your style

Practical hairstyles are gaining popularity

Putting fashion through a spin cycle

A sneak peak at Fall Fashions 2000

By Stephanie Croft

and Leena Kamat

Gazette Staff

Books, check. School supplies, check. Clothing, uh huh.

In all the excitement of returning to drinking all night and studying all day, many students have not completed their back-to-school shopping. Never fear, The Gazette has checked out the hottest fashions of the season.

Trendy students will be well coordinated with the changing colours of the leaves this fall as a flood of reds and oranges spill into fashion.

Jennifer Joyce, manager of Skirt and Willies, both on Richmond Street, said there are no new or outstanding fashion trends this fall – just new colours, new fabrics and updated looks for men and women. "Pants and shirts are getting touchier, with more zippers and pockets," Joyce said. "Lots of new fabrics and bright colours are in."

"Cargo pants are more tapered and made of micro-fibre instead of cotton," she said. Cords will be back this fall, along with dark jeans for both women and men, Joyce added.

For Women

"It's getting a little dressier," Joyce said. "Women are more interested in flattering and feminine cuts of clothing. The rave look is pushing its way out, along with the skater and surfer style."

Joyce said skirts are still three quarter length, but shoppers are likely to see more of them made from fabricated suede and leather. Tank tops will carry over from the summer, but many will be made from a heavy knit, she said.

Women's clothing is getting funkier and wilder and last year's bell-bottom style is being replaced by straight-leg pants, said Kim Baker, assistant manager of RW & Co, at Masonville Place.

The look of fur is also in; fur trim on jackets, fur ponchoes and capes will be very popular, said Lisa Fisher of the retail and consulting company, Fisher & Company Ltd.

Fisher also said leather is increasing in popularity along with fur. "Leathers are very, very popular for women. Pretty much leather anything, of any colour." she said.

"Women are still wearing the capri pant, but with a tall boot." Textured nylons, with a short skirt and fishnet stockings for the evening look are also in, Fisher said.

The Charlie's Angels movie is bringing in some fashion trends such as the satin blouse with the neck-tie, Fisher added. "And the shawl in bright colours in silk and cashmere is in."

Basically, everything is in, Fisher explained. "The nice thing about fashion right now is the real individual look. You can pick your own trend and go with it."

As for office wear, there is a movement towards knit clothing, from the cardigan to the knit skirt and pants, said Mary Gay Wade of Susan J. Fashions Inc. on Oxford St. "We're seeing a lot of casual layering of clothing too."

Wade said black, kiwi greens, brick reds and oranges are in style for office wear. "The brighter colours are under-pinning pieces, which means they are worn under the suit jacket."

Skirts are very long as part of the suit," Wade said. "And the little black slip dress with glitter accents in the fabric is still in."

For Men

"For men, the comfy, casual wear is in," said Lesley McGugan, assistant manager at Eddie Bauer in White Oaks Mall. "They're getting back to basics."

This trend towards casual is in contrast to last year's more traditional fashions, which saw more button-down shirts and more plaid, McGugan said. This year is more basic, plain, solid and more casual than the previous year's more dressier line, she explained.

Andrea Toulet, salesperson at Randy River in Masonville Place, said fabrics such as nylon and polyester are starting to take over from the more traditional cotton and wool. As well, fleece is very big this season.

David Trottier, department manager at North by Northwest in Masonville Place, agreed fleece is one of the "in" fabrics this season. While people have traditionally stayed away from fleece because it is too warm for indoor use, clothing companies are now using fashion fleece, which is thinner and more comfortable indoors, Trottier explained. "The fleece will not cook you."

Baker agreed long-sleeved shirts are popular for both sexes. Layering as much as possible is also an up-and-coming trend in fashion, she said. "Men's fashion doesn't change. Guys tend to stick to basics."

Winter jacket styles have changed from previous years, Trottier said. Most jackets are three-quarters in length, as opposed to the bomber style. Jacket colours have gone from the flashy yellows and reds, to the more dressy yet subdued whites, greys and blues, he said. "People are not buying just ski jackets, they are buying fashion jackets."

"The day and age of very flashy clothing is gone and people want to wear clothing which is more versitile," Trottier said, adding these new colours will allow coats to be worn in many contexts. "I think it's a reflection of the laid-back generation."

On the runway

On the runways in Paris, Milan and other fashion centres, the major designers are using decoration on their clothing, said Kathy Cleaver, a School of Fashion professor at Ryerson Polytechnical University, in Toronto. These decorations include embroderies and beads and are found primarily in women's clothing.

There are two main reasons for the switch from plainer designs to more fancy designs, Cleaver explained. "At the most basic level, fashion has to swing in the opposite direction than where it is headed. This is bit of a natural swing."

Change is the key in the fashion industry, Cleaver explained and the business is getting tired of the plainer outfits seen in the early 1990s. The second reason has to do with the economic recession in the early 1990s. During that period, consumers did not have money to spend for decorations. Cleaver said as a result, designers made plainer, less expensive clothes.

The economy is better now and people can afford to pay more for their clothing, Cleaver added. She sees the trend to more decoration continuing in future seasons unless a big economic change occurs.

Decoration also includes more patterns. "Prints just completely disappeared a few years back and now, they're coming back in," Cleaver said.

The new colours for both sexes are gold and brown, as well as beige, cinnamon and rust, Cleaver said. She added men's clothing is getting tighter compared to the loose fashion of the late 80s and early 90s.

The styles of the runway enter high-priced shops right after their debut, but can take anywhere from a few months to one year to enter regular stores, depending on how complicated the outfit is, Cleaver said.

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