Jane Fonda at L;Oreal Paris Fashion Week Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage.
Seeing Jane Fonda walk the L’Oreal Paris Fashion Week runway in a tiger print Balmain gown blew me away. Last Sunday Fonda didn’t need to use words to make a point. She did it her way, confidently making her way down the runway, flashing peace signs and holding her hands over her heart as the crowd cheered her on.
When it comes to style, Fonda does it her way and has been a trendsetter and a fashion-forward icon for decades. After all, in the 1980s she was the one who introduced athletic attire as a fashion staple – leg warmers, tights, leotards and all – long before the term athleisure was born. It does not surprise me that she is defining her style, her way now. Fonda will turn 80 years old this December but she is still dressing as she chooses and not letting her age affect her choices. Or maybe it’s because of her age that she makes these choices: bright colors (like the shocking pink dress she wore a few weeks ago at the Emmy Awards, or the bright green Balmain jumpsuit she wore a few years ago at the Grammy’s), leopard prints, ruffles whenever possible, and clean, strong lines.
Fonda reminds us that style is ageless. Just because we reach a certain age doesn’t mean we aren’t adventurous trend-setters. Nothing keeps us from having fun with fashion and pushing the envelope! We need not be afraid.
I know that the Crossbody bag is ‘the new essential‘ accessory. It was a major look for spring and now, fall, but I will never crossbody. I have tried, but I just can’t. At 5’ 4.5,” I seem to be too short to carry it off successfully. Even with the introduction of smaller, more feminine styles and details, wearing a handbag across my body feels awkward, and the bag always seems too long for me. And you can’t wear a crossbody when the weather really cools, because it just doesn’t work over a coat – too bulky and impractical. There are certain wardrobe essentials that I have tried to like (trench coats are another one), but just can’t make them work.
My podcast returns this week, and I am thrilled. I have been nervous to produce my own podcasts, since my engineer and my podcast-parter-in-crime, my son Eric, left for college. But I am a big girl, and I know that I can do it. Here are this week’s fashion stories that are on my mind. So glad to be back!
Masculine Dressing (photo taken at Saks Fifth Avenue)
Feminine Dressing (photo taken at Saks Fifth Avenue)
Street Peeper, contributing photographer at Vogue.com, recently captured two distinct street-style trends at Paris Fashion Week: ultra-masculine and super-feminine dressing. To incorporate these looks, it doesn’t have to be a big commitment. For a more masculine look simply add a statement blazer with or without a collared shirt (tuxedo-style blazers are tres chic) and for a more feminine look pick one stand-out piece like a full dress or skirt with a simple, kitten heel. And you’ve got it!