Professional Insider/In the Industry
Whether English or Western, equestrian style gets a leg up this season
Even if the closest they ever got to a real horse was reading Misty of Chincoteague as youngsters, expect a stampede of urban cowgirls to ride the fashion range this fall and winter.
To the Hounds
Tailored blazers worn over sleek turtlenecks and slim and stretchy trousers evoke the moneyed horsey set. Though Ralph Lauren has harvested this fertile field for years, the designer has been joined by others including Michael Kors and Hogan in showing riding boots and riding pants with leather knee patches. The New York Times reports that some women prefer to go right to the source for the real goods tack shops have seen an influx of customers buying hacking jackets, boots and breeches with no intention of wearing them while riding.
How the West Was Worn
The continued popularity of leather, denim and shearling for winter spurs interest in Western looks with big-city slick. Duster coats, cowboy hats, fringed boots and shiny leather apparel from Guess, Miu Miu, Fendi and Gucci pull this western wagon train.
These trends have little in common except for their equine inspiration. Lead the National Velvet contingent toward small hinged-hoop earrings and rings in 18k gold. The popularity of jackets with this look lends itself to smaller, interesting pins. Watches, such as a classic mens Rolex or a tank-style on a leather band, will add interest to this tailored look.
For the cowgirls, theres no such thing as too much. Bold gold bracelets and lariats will only add to the Dallas-during-the-oil-boom vibe. Denim looks especially cool with silver, and turquoise accents lend an authentic touch.
by Liz Smutko