Monday, 11 April 2011 16:04
It goes without saying that short, tight dresses will always be in style in Gainesville—but what else is there? Here are a few themes, for guys and for girls, that kept appearing at Gainesville Fashion Week—both on the pink carpet and on the runway.
By Maghan McDowell; Photos by Rodney Rogers, Justin Duncklee, Andres Farfan
Hats. Preferably big floppy ones. With the indoor/outdoor lifestyle of the sunshine state, we see the 1970s-era hat trend for women heating up for all kinds of scenarios—even the front row. Hats like these were featured on the Mesh, Chris Cardi Couture and Viscosity Vintage runways, accessorizing everything from bikinis to buttoned-up suits.
("Leather") Leggings. While we'd recommend that only women rock these attitude-is-everything bottoms (and the lithe-limbed at that), pleather leggings are the versatile, dressed-up cousin to last year's tired black cotton ones. They were seen on models for Mesh, Viscosity Vintage, Whitney Denise and Three Thirty Couture—and, naturally, on GFW's (very fit!) Natalie Karaoglanian.
Retro. While we realize it's cheating to call everything in the past an inspiration, never before has the GFW runway seen so many collections featuring both legitimately thrifted clothing (or "vintage") as well as clothes inspired by silhouettes of season's past, from the 1920s to the 1990s (yes, Whitney Denise, we're talking to you.) We're also talking to Zella Machado, Viscosity Vintage (that one's easy), Sui Generis and everyone with a tight belt at the waist.
Boots. These boots might have been made for walking, but they were also meant for strutting. While men might not be able to make a quick getaway (all that time required to lace them up!), they will be prepared for the April showers—and maybe even a riot or two, as suggested by Mikho Reconstructed. Unlaced worker boots, combat boots and rain boots were also favorites for 1oz., BobbyK, Chris Cardi—and were perfect for avoiding the toe-stepping in the photo pit.
Graphic Tees. There's one trend that both men and women can agree on—the graphic tee, seen at everything from 1oz. to BobbyK, and plenty of photo-ops in between. If there's one avenue for getting any message across, it's with a printed graphic tee—whether that message is "I am from east L.A." or "I am in 'Kontrol.'" Not sure what's fashionable about the simple t-shirt? Just ask those behind 1oz., Mesh, Chris Cardi Couture, Mikho Reconstructed and BobbyK.