CIFF Fashion Trends
Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 – Eclectic Chic
Unbridled imagination, offbeat classics. Anything goes when it comes to unconventional style and humour. Influences are remixed in a luxurious and cheap, masculine-feminine spirit, inspired by British know-how.
Elegant and subtle darks, flannel grey, navy, burgundy, club green, mahogany, mixed together with chic in multicolor harmonies, or set off by eccentric accents to assert one’s distinctive identity.
The suit spirit. Combed suitings, fluid plains, muted stripes smooth, creased or crumpled in cotton/wool. Two-tone neo-tweeds. Herringbones. Flannels.
Silky preciousness. Washed silks, figured linings, satins, necktie jacquards.
British remix. Wool or cotton. Prince of Wales, plaid, tartan and blanket checks, club stripes, with or without shape memory stainless steel yarns. Mix all patterns. Combine shaggy coloured furs, corduroys, fleece and cottons printed with punk or grunge style tags!
Unusual cottons. Dip-dyed twills and denims to destandardize products.
Shirting. Flannelized, embroidered and customized checks. Masculine shirt stripes for women.
Traditional knits. In fine gauge, mini jacquards like necktie patterns. Moss stitch, two-tone ribbing, Argyle jacquards.
Classics are reviewed and worn in decodified ways with new proportions and enlarged volumes.
Masculine/feminine. Mismatching city suits, broad-shouldered jackets, loose or baggy pants with open pleats.
Eccentric look. Oversize coats, men’s waistcoats, asymmetrical plaid skirts, jogging bottoms, rocker’s jeans. Basics are given XXL fullness, bubble shape, or skinny fit and layering treatments.
Casual colour. Shorts, bermudas, trapeze trench coats and boys’ shirts.
Knitwear. Twisted volumes and proportions. Crew neck sweaters with large intarsia patterns, fine sweaters to twist, T-shirts, polos, and sweatshirts with engineered stripes. Bustier-style jersey tops.
Open pleats on pants and skirts. Wrinkled sleeves.
Seamed, overlapping, layered, accumulated, mixed.
Coloured tights and mismatched leggings. Knited socks with heavy pumps.
Men’s chain watches and oxford shoes.
Rabbit mitts. Fur messenger bags.
Coats. Roomy overcoats, uniform overjackets.
Suits. The classic 3-piece is made less formal. Soft jackets, frock-look jackets. Return of the man’s waistcoat.
Slacks. Softened, worked pockets and waistbands. New jodhpurs modernized by seaming.
Easy knit. Striped T-shirts to wear with checked shirts.
British knitwear. V-neck cardigans with off-centre buttoning, crew neck sweaters.
Higher waists, layered waists, adjustable leather tabs.
White collars for shirts. Hook and eye closings and silky linings for waistcoats.
Striped braces. Knit ties. Fur scarves.
Vintage saddle bags, travel bags in dandy jacquard.