Black as Night, with Mutton Sleeves

6267 fall 2007 ready to wear

[Designer: 6267, Fall 2007 ready to wear, Photo: Marcio Madeira, Model: Yana Karpova]

Fall 2007 fashion shows hit the spectators with a big splash of color — well a big dose of black to be precise. Most of my closet is black, I do after all have a degree in classical music performance. Many nights of my week used to be on stage in all black and even after all those years, I still have a knack for sifting through a rack and pulling off only black. Despite my closet’s penchant for dressing me like a goth girl, I wasn’t prepared for the plethora of black for Fall 2007. The mutton-chop-sleeved monstrosity pictured above is a don’t, as is the cabled hugeness pictured below:

Burberry Prorsum fall 2007 ready to wear

[Designer: Burberry Prorsum, Fall 2007 ready to wear, Photo: Marcio Madeira, Model: Freja Beha Erichsen]

So much for my dream of finding some inspiration for a hand knit sweater for next fall from the fashion shows. Neither Pringle’s cabled yoke nor Cavalli’s crossed wrap with poofed out half sleeves do it for me either.

Pringle of Scotland fall 2007 ready to wear
Just Cavalli fall 2007 ready to wear

[L to R, Designer: Pringle of Scotland, Fall 2007 ready to wear, Photo: Marcio Madeira, Model: Sasha Pivovarova; Designer: Just Cavalli, Fall 2007 ready to wear, Photo: Marcio Madeira, Model:
Catherine McNeal]

There is one piece from the fashion shows that I keep coming back to again and again: Zac Posen’s black ruffled jacket. If only someone had done one up in knitwear, oh wait, Cavalli did show something similar but in a sort of frumpy, shapeless, lace weight mohair.

Zac Posen fall 2007
Just Cavalli fall 2007 ready to wear

[L to R, Designer: Zac Posen, Fall 2007 ready to wear, Photo: Marcio Madeira, Model: Inguna Butane; Designer: Just Cavalli, Fall 2007 ready to wear, Photo: Marcio Madeira, Model: Emina Cunmulaj]

I guess the bottom line is, I should go inspire myself because frankly there isn’t all that much to work with as far as Fall 2007 trends and knitwear trends in particular. I’m sure I can dream up something black, minus the mutton.

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