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Personal Style: A look at hot new fashion trends
The latest slate of style offers something for everyone

by Edward Norman
A trend is a general or prevailing tendency or course, a vogue, or current style, as in fashions. This season, and in the fall, designers have created trends that offer both men and women the opportunity to express their individuality and creativity. What makes a trend your own, as opposed to mainstream, is how you interpret and wear it.
In our race to develop our own personal sense of style, let’s take a look at the latest trends in fashion:

All American
Denim — America’s internationally beloved contribution to global fashion — is no longer a fashion work horse but the incarnation of chic. Denim has taken on iconic status among the cult following willing to spend days — and enough cash to fuel four tacky Hummers for a month — searching for the perfect pair. Designers are hell bent on raising the bar by creating more dazzling choices in a myriad of exotic washes, expensive be-jeweled embellishments and styles to suit every body shape.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Military issue looks marched down catwalks in droves and were received with uniform salutes. Brass buttons, epaulets, satin piping and braiding adorn shirts, jackets and pants. In white, navy, blue and green with rich accents of gold, red and black, it’s hard to deny this trend.

Nerd and Nautical
This time around, preppy looks were tongue-in-cheek chic. Kelly green, orange or red shorts, pants or skirts with pink, blue or yellow cotton or polo shirts were accessorized with cute, horizontal-striped knit ties. The look is fun and fresh and the shapes are not the baggy, boring preppy looks of the past. Paired with nautical inspired white and navy striped shirts and light military jackets, preppy takes on a young, signature look. To get it right, forgo the khaki.

Brokeback
The cowboy look goes big city chic — fringe accents can be found on western-inspired bags, jeans, jackets and shoes. Cowboy boots are one of my personal favorites, and they are plentiful. Western and military are my favorite looks to mix with denim. For fall, western will look great with checked fabrics: prince-of-wales, window-pane, tartan and hounds tooth. Time to learn to square dance.

The Short Story

Whether long and cuffed or un-cuffed and flat front, the city short can be sophisticated, casual or edgy — depending on how it’s accessorized. Choose a sheer gauzy blouse over a cami and add wedges to rule the roost for an evening out. Add a preppy shirt or striped tank with a loafer or white Ked for a sporty, casual feel.

Formal Affairs
What can a man wear this summer to stand out from the pack at a black tie event? Nothing is more elegant than a white silk dinner jacket with peak lapels. Paired with a white cotton high-winged collar shirt, matching vest and ascot, this is a look that transcends the ordinary.

With satin collars, pleated or ruffled shirts and black-and-white palette all over the
runways, the look of a tuxedo is just as important for women. Great silk jackets with men’s-inspired lapels and matching black trousers or skirts with black satin piping add the exact amount of panache. Armani and Zegna do great tuxedos for men and women. Chanel and Lafayette 143 do great tuxes for women.

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