This week, we headed to NY’s fashion week to photograph the style cognoscenti as they brave February’s freezing temps. It’s not easy to look chic when it’s cold outside. Did this FOF succeed?
FOF Terry Gibraltar: “I really don’t like the combination of the jacket and the boots….it should be one or the other. I know it’s hard to look fashionable when it’s below freezing, but she looks like she’s trying too hard!”
FOF Susan Grant: “The jacket is begging for simple accessories. A much chicer choice in footwear would be black leather over-the-knee boots along with a large black tote. As worn, the jacket and boots are at war with each other!”
Susan Grant is merchandise manager for Muse, a full-service jewelry showroom.
FOF Robin Mizrahi: “I see someone who can’t decide who she wants to be. The bag has to go! Too green, uptight, and has nothing to do with anything else that she is wearing. The jacket is wonderful, but a bit short. If it were longer and she added a light chiffon scarf, it would take this look away from the ski slopes. I am a fan of these llama-like toasty boots, which elongate the leg, and are warm enough for trekking. And I do love that this woman didn’t allow fashion to rule her practical side–being cold is no fun.”
Robin Mizrahi is co-owner of Pamela Robbins boutique, buyer, merchandiser and entrepreneur.
FOF Sherrie Mathieson: “This is the fashion equivalent of overeating–over indulgence on all fronts. Even if her neckline did not reveal her age group–the outfit is not only not age appropriate–it would not be great on any age. She seems like a cast member of one of the “Wives of…” reality shows.”
FOF Gail Garramone: “Woah–It’s a style tsunami! Way too much of everything except exuberance. Also, the proportions are wrong–the knee-length boots with the short coat evoke hairy spider legs. Warm this look up by cooling it down.”
Gail Garramone is a veteran V.P. of Liz Claiborne Inc. where she traveled around the country with Tim Gunn producing fashion workshops.
Sandra Soich: “I think the components are all good, but not together. Very nice looking jacket, nice bag, nice boots but not making sense together. Replace the boots with over-the-knee black leather and it all would move.”
Tell us FOFs: Do you agree with our style experts? What do you think of this outfit?