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Get prepped for a chic fall with FLARE’s must-know terms—and never get left behind in fashionable conversation
by Elisa Kosonen
FASHION VOCAB: SPEAKING CHIC Get prepped for a chic fall with FLARE‘s must-know terms—and never get left behind in fashionable conversation By Elisa Kosonen
RED CARPET ROGUE The starlet who ventures outside -cutter ensembles (think strapless gowns and Louboutin stilettos) enforced by celebrity stylists and hits a movie premiere in something a little more daring and of her own choosing. Rachel Zoe, who? Overheard: As lovely as Anne Hathaway looks, I much prefer the style of red carpet rogue Maggie Gyllenhaal.
TWEET DROPPER The online equivalent of a name-dropper. One who uses to bolster their own reputation and status by citing well-known names in their updates. Overheard: Ashton Kutcher is such a tweet dropper!
BRIDGE SHOULDER A term coined by Kaiser Karl for his reinvention of shoulder pads for his Fall ’09 eponymous collection. This time around they’re shortened and sculpted. Rather than bringing back your Dynasty-inspired linebacker shoulders, look to this new chic structure with super slim sleeves. Overheard: The bridge shoulder on Gwyneth Paltrow’s dress may be ‘80s redux but it’s anything but dated.
DID YOU SEE? Find out how to wear fall’s bold shoulders here
TROMPE L’OEIL A surrealist effect on clothing or accessories that simulates the appearance of another garment, a faux necklace or shoe. The outlining effects were seen tricking eyes on runways such as Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons (above) and Giambattista Valli. Overheard: Your trompe l’oeil had me fooled! I was just about to compliment you on your Fendi stilettos, but they’re wedges!
PULLING A CARLA Donning a kitten heel and a demure Christian Dior skirt suit to channel the poster girl for subtle and sophisticated elegance, Carla Bruni. France’s first lady has been quietly inspiring a new code of dress since her first official appearance and the fall runways ran amok with restrained femininity. Overheard: Forget masculine trousers and sweaters, I’m pulling a Carla at work next season.
CEWEBRITY One who has turned an online profile into 15 minutes of fame. Bloggers are posting more and more about their own personal style with photos (think Susanna Lau of Style Bubble) and the result is a parade of celebrity It-girls that were no-names before the web. Overheard: I’ve got a , a Facebook account, a YouTube following and a page. Cewebrity here I come!
For more fall fashion vocab, check out the September 2009 issue of FLARE magazine.
DID YOU SEE? Find out how to pronounce the biggest (and most butchered) names in fashion here.
Photos: George Pimentel (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore), Anthea Simms (runway and street style), PR Photos (Carla Bruni, Gwyneth Paltrow).
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