NYFW: Rodeo On The Runway

I’ve lived in Denver for over 30 years, and I’ve never been into western fashion. I did wear the ankle cowboy boots in the 80’s–remember those? And I’ve often toyed with buying full-on cowboy boots. But they are such a strong statement, that there is no shit-kicking-it with other styles.

I’ve talked here before about pulling pieces from different genres to make an outfit interesting. A classic trouser with a leather motorcycle jacket. Ripped, boyfriend jeans with a pretty blouse. I’ve never figured out how to pull off western pieces.

Ralph Lauren is the rodeo king of fashionizing western style. Karl Lagerfeld masterfully featured cowboy Chanel in Dallas four years ago, with square-toed cowboy boots, Pendleton blanket ruanas, fringed suede, and gun barrel-crossed necklaces. For Resort 2018, Maria Grazia Chiuri took Dior west with gorgeous Grand Canyon-colored fabrics, military boots, horses drawn caveman-style across a skirt, and folk art embroidery. On Monday at New York Fashion Week, western was seen more wearable by designers Derek Lam and Veronica Beard.

The western trend has been galloping along, and is breaking ahead next fall. This time I’m jumping on.

Veronica Beard Fall 2018

Derek Lam Fall 2018

 

Photos:  National Western Stock Show Parade in Denver, January 4, 2018 . Dawn Bell Solich . Runway Photos:  ImaxTree

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  • NYFW: Rodeo On The Runway, Published 2/15/18

  • Stacey

    I just purchased a Hawes & Curtis bright pink shirt with white piping. When I opened the box I was worried the shirt had too much of a “western feel” which I didn’t expect from a London shirt maker. Now I get it!! I’ll send you a pic. Can’t wait to wear. I always appreciate you for making sense of this wild Wild West, also known as Fashion!!!

    • Thank you Stacey! You are ahead of the pack, and we would love to see your new shirt. If you could take a pic of it, comment again and upload it in the comment, then we could all see it. Because it’s pink, it brings in another non-western facet. How will you style it?

  • Stacey

    There lies the question! How to style it??!!! I’ll send a pic later this am and welcome any and all feedback!

  • Stacey
    • I’m so glad you forwarded this Stacey! I love the details–I see the western reference too in the piping. Subtle though. The shirt on its own is a great example of an eclectic mix. This would look great with a skirt suit to make it less serious. Perfect with jeans–the more casual and edgy the better. I would love it too with a feminine, ruffled skirt.

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