New York fashion people practice what they preach. Not that anyone is making the rounds of Seventh Avenue in transparent chiffon, but enough of the season's styles were spotted on the street during the recent spring presentations to make the new looks seem popular and wearable among those who make their livelihood from fashion.
Laura Santisi, center, assistant to designer Carol Horn, always mixes a bit of what has been in her closet for years with something new. "It just seems to be right that way," she says. The other day on Seventh Avenue it was an oversized blouson jacket over a plaid bathrobe-style dress, red long johns and high lace shoes from Maud Frizon, the same type shown with Horn's clothes for spring.
Saks Fifth Avenue fashion coordinator Marilise Flusser, left, had some concern about wearing white satin pants to the Seventh Avenue shows, but then decided "it was really the best thing for my pink and blue tweed jacket."
For decoration she was wearing a knitted roll brim cap, with baby-size ballet slippers on a ribbon around her neck. A Santa pin with light-up eyes and a silk bow tie. All with saddle shoes, of course.
Nina Gaidarova, second from right, a model, isn't giving up her jeans, which she wears tight, with stilletto heels and cashmere sweaters, perhaps tied bandolier-style across her chest.
Fashion writer and consultant Francine Horn, right, who with her hushand publishes "Here and Now," a fashion report for retailers picked up her Saint Laurent over-the-knee boots while covering the Milan collections.Her tunic and over sized vest came from France Andrevie in Paris. Her strategy: "As it starts to get colder, I'll add more layers."
New York model Debbie Dickinson, second from left, who was one of the stars at the Paris collections, is partial to Paris designers, particularly the Japanese ones like Issey Miyake and Kenzo. "The (Paris-designed things are usually looser and more unusual," she says. She adds to them a number of mufflers, a huge shoulder bag, flat shoes and a man's hat for a look that is neither originally Seventh Avenue nor Paris but straight from the movie, "Annie Hall."