Fall’s Fashion Vocab
For those who have ever been stumped by fashion lingo, you have nothing to fear. We’ve defined in-the-know words and phrases to keep you in the loop—so when someone compliments your chic-sauvage look, you’ll know it’s your fur belt they’re loving.
ba•roque•ry Clothing that is heavily inspired by the early 17th to mid-18th centuries. Typically clothes that hold bold, curving forms and extravagant ornamentation, as seen in fall collections by Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen.
chic sau•vage Marked by the wearing of clothes and/or accessories designed with wildly elegant fur and/or leather. Such undomesticated glamour was presented on Fall ’06 runways via fur-trimmed coats (Prada), sleeves (Dsquared) and skirts (Louis Vuitton). The look is influenced heavily by the costuming in films such as Barbarella and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
glo•thic A mix of gothic style—a haunting, mysterious and vampiric aesthetic taken from the 13th–15th centuries—with glamorous 1950s vamp-like tailoring and trend.
luxe grunge An updated and chicer version of Marc Jacobs’ controversial 1992 Perry Ellis collection of grunge (which was first motivated by Seattle’s groundbreaking rock scene in the 1990s); an unkempt approach to wardrobe (à la Olsen twins). Jacobs’ update contains all the mainstays of yesterday’s grunge (flannel, plaid, layers and leg warmers) alongside today’s sophisticated pieces, including capes, shawls and jackets. Designers such as Karl Lagerfeld have also interpreted the term.
Va•ssar girl A style based on the dress of female students who attended New York’s Vassar College in the late 1930s and ’40s whose look dominated the Fall ’06 runways of a barrage of designers, including Emporio Armani and Celine. The Vassar uniform, consisting mostly of ’40s-era tailored suits and skirts, correlates to the same sharply dressed Ivy League life(style) associated with the uptown-intelligentsia look of private schools.
Vic•tor•i•a•na Clothes that are derivative of the Victorian age (1837–1901) and inspired by the English monarchy—namely, Queen Victoria. Pin-tucked blouses, velvet, buttoned-up vests and skinny pants are just a few of the many pieces designers such as Dolce & Gabanna, Alberta Ferretti and Rochas have delivered this season.