Z’SCOOP’S MID-WINTER FASHION BEAT: INDIVIDUAL COOLby Kim Coston

Z’SCOOP’S MID-WINTER FASHION BEAT: INDIVIDUAL COOL

Max your own personal cool factor this winter. Z’Scoop shares must-have items and how to wear them. Fashion opts for uniqueness right now with youthful mix, match and clash.

Glamorous historic opulence fuses with urban street, sportswear. Velvet, shine and lace remain key, with long romantic dresses with a focus on sheer, ruffles, extra-long drapey or puffy, voluminous sleeves.

Oversized outerwear rules. Spice it up for parties with disco sparkle and 80s-influences.

French-girl-style says slimline black tuxedo jackets.

Silk blends and hardware details transform dresses from daywear practicality to night-life glam. Stripes, big-scale florals and urban graphics spike the print story.

Designers Doing It
Marc Jacobs for costume-like glam, exceptional overcoats, mix and mashup, over-the-top platform boots. Vera Wang, Martin Margiela, John Galliano and Mulberry all have Bowie-esque platform boots.

Rag & Bone for bombers, stripes, great slouchy sweaters, long classic shirts.

Puff-Mama cool: As worn by Rihanna, puffy down coats by Balenciaga, up and coming NY designer, Ya Jun Lin, Finnish Ella Boucht, Raf Simons and Chen Peng.

Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Anthropologie Celine: wide-legged pants.

Zara named their fall-winter ad campaign: “Disco Forest” and features sparkling sequined disco dresses, and the faux shearling jacket that is in right now.

Shearling jackets: Burberry, Coach

Primark is right on with the big coats, faux fur, disco dresses.

Must Haves:
— long military-influenced cinched overcoats in rich navy, rich purple, olive or black

— voluminous puffy down jackets or coats for night warmth over fancy dress ensembles

— romantic sheer mini-dresses

— shearling jackets are IN, bomber jackets remain strong

— high-waisted wide-leg extra-long pants and jeans, or slim and flared   slightly

— cropped pants

— layering including sheer overlays, shirt dresses and tunics

— jumpers over turtlenecks

— pleated skirts

— hoodies, sweatshirts and slouchy pullover sweaters — or knitted capelets over shoulders

— jazz up street wear with glam-rock platform boots

— Disco Dance — Off Sassy asymmetric disco asymmetric mini-dresses: off the shoulder or single-shoulder tops, ruffles, ruching, shine and sparkle including sequins

— party-wear also includes sweaters with big sequins, vintage antique pearls, embroidery, glossy sheers, shiny blacks

— faux fur stoles add unique style statements when draped asymmetrically across the body

Mid-Winter Message: At every price point — high, low or blended together — don’t let the doldrums hold you back!


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