NEW YORK CHRONICLES WHEN IS NEW YORK FASHIONABLE? NOW. Written by BRITTNEE CANN Photographed by JUSTIN HOGAN
New York is considered to be one of the most fashionable cities in the world but sometimes I wonder if it’s considered that by people who don’t live here because often times, well, it’s not. New York is certainly stylish, yes, but that isn’t a synonym for fashionable. Style isn’t about the clothes you wear it’s the way you wear them and how you carry yourself. Fashion is on-trend, creative, well thought out, body-conscious dressing. So how can a city be stylish and not fashionable? It’s the old expression about how someone with style can wear a paper bag and look great whereas just because something says Chanel it doesn’t mean it looks like a million bucks on just anyone. As for New York being stylish yet unfashionable, I blame the weather. Weather is a huge- if not the biggest- factor that influences the way people dress everyday and New York doesn’t see many months of perfect temperatures. Summer is scorching hot and wintertime is bone chillingly cold. Take into consideration the way New Yorkers travel (by foot and by crowded subway) and it makes for a lot of comfort-overfashion dressing. 10
Halfway through summer everyone resorts to sundresses and flat sandals. We’re sick to death of feeling our shoes melt into the sidewalk while waiting for the bus and we can no longer stand feeling beads of sweat roll down our legs while riding an underground train. Early December reveals cutesy wool jackets and mid-calf boots but come mid-February it’s puffy ground-grazing parkas and rain boots for all. We simply can’t take it anymore and we just want to be warm. However, the one time of year that everyone can agree on is fall. This season is, in a word, perfect. It’s the time of year when everyone piles on the layers and busts out the booties yet it’s still warm enough that we don’t have to wear jackets and hats just yet. It’s fashion week again and everyone is back from vacationing ready to get back into the swing of work and dressing. It’s the perfect time for trend spotting and this year especially, the city is in for a treat. Fall 2011 in New York will be packed with bright colors, furs, plaids, 60’s shapes, capes, polka dots and tuxedo-inspired suits. New York is an ever-changing melting pot of fashion and it’s time once again to stir up the soup.
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