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It is the first day of Autumn here in the States and I’m thrilled! I adore cold weather for it’s warmer more modest fashions. Twice a year I present to you the current fashions with a 19th century twist. Imagine yourself as a Victorian gal flipping through the fashion plates from Pars of the latest woman’s periodical. Like us Moderns, you’d read up on the upcoming fashion trends and trying to figure out how to incorporate the newest designs into your current wardrobe. Or perhaps you were born or married into money and you send for a whole new set of bespoke gowns to be made straight away! At least eight ensembles, naturally, because that is the amount on the list provided. Below is a list of eight out of twelve trends for Fall 2016 as predicted by Vogue Runway. Beside each trend is a how a 19th century lady might choose to interpret the trend in question along with a blurb about the trend in general. Like Spring lace and pastels, Fall has many familiar trends that is inherited with the cold weather that appear year after year. I’m beginning to wonder if I should source my trends list from another site all together for variety’s sake! Regardless, this was a real joy to assemble.

Russian Imperial Court Dress | Charles Frederick Worth | Indianapolis Museum of Art | ca. 1888:

Velvet Goldmine

In modern incarnations, you’ll see this not only in gowns but in jacket and trousers as well from an array of color choices including mustard yellow to vibrant jewel tones.

The Victorian lady will more than likely keep with current tradition and reserve velvet for evening gowns, such as this Russian Court Dress made in France by House of Worth c. 1888. It lends a bit of extravagance and a soft touch that might invite a pet or two; as well as keeping the wearer warm when the mercury plummets.

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 Menswear

The 2016 version of this trend shows many heavier fabric choices such as wool or tweed. Pin stripe and ticking are also rather popular for the woman to wear this upcoming season. All shapes and sizes of trousers, suits, and jackets are on display during the latest runway shows.

The 1800s incarnation pictured here should look veeeeerrrry familiar for anyone who follows period movies. . .  or rather a very specific record breaking film that came out in the 1990s. . . . This 1915 woman’s suit inspired the now-iconic dress from the opening scene of the Edwardian flashback of flick.

Image result for 19th century brocade gownInterior Motives

Often thought of as furniture fabric; brocade and jacquard silks are some of the oldest fabrics of royalty (Thank you, China!). Now anyone may wear it. The catwalk is full of dresses, skirt suits, and some truly to die-for-jacket and occasional skinny pant in some of the most wildly patterned hues of brocade and jacquard.

A 19th century woman would be more accustomed to the fabric as a gown option, especially during the colder months of the year. It is sure to keep the figure warm. I chose this photograph as a stunning example of this heavy, stiff fabric in autumnal colors.

Image result for 19th century street fashionStreet Success

Modern designers are taking cues from the ‘plebeians’ out and about. This trend is all about the outlandish pairing of whatever one currently has in their closet. It is closer to rave or punk aesthetics, with a more “anything goes” vibe with the intent of shock and awe. An African man, with yellow and orange hair shaved in swirl patterns with sunglasses, fur coat over a wife beater, crocheted speedos and thigh high red patent leather stillettos? Sure, why not.

At the turn of the previous century, I cannot imagine a female being so bold! She would more than likely just shop her closet and maybe get a little crazy with color and print pairing. Pastel blue chiffon dress under an acid green velvet house coat with a cream ribbon for a belt? Sure, why not. Or you could take some style cues from the lady in the picture.

Image result for 19th century capeCape Up

Capes and caplets! Oh, the drama! To enter the house with dramatic flair and leave a room with a flourish! The current capes range from the short caplets to the floor length capes created from a variety of materials. These are not often seen in the average modern woman’s horde of clothes, but I think it demands a return!

The Victorian gal was far more accustomed to seeing capes more frequently (and their spring counter parts; shawls). In a point of technicality the image shows a caplet, as it hits about the elbows. A cape is an enormous swath of fabric that reaches down to about the ankles, while a cloak is a cape with a hood. Please correct me, if I’m wrong!

Image result for victorian day dress Period Pieces in the vein of Victorian, Elizabethan, Regency

Valentino tapped the Elizabethan era for Fall 2016 while others sought out high neck Victorian silhouettes. Most of these outfits were in the form of dresses, but there were exceptions.

The best interpretation of this would be . . . any dress during the 1800s really. I decided to choose a very un-wintery day dress from the time, to show it’s more simplistic lines and sparse (comparatively) adornments. Normally, I exhibit my penchant for over the top haute couture-like gowns because I am a sucker for detailed craftsmanship.

Image result for 19th century skiAspre Ski

The 2016 version of the alpine design and aspen inspired clothing is really avant garde! Some of the examples are really stretching the whole ski thing. Some are rather dark interpretations.

Likewise the 1800s girl will have a tough time finding something suitable to fill this trend. The advertisement is taken from the early 20th century and it doesn’t have the famous alpine snowflakes, reindeer or polar bears that are now associated with the design. Instead, there are thick sweaters and thicker skirts, because . . . well that’s what ladies wore to go skiing . . . or participate in any sport for that matter.

Image result for 19th century wool russian coatWarm Fuzzies

And we’re back to shearlings! I do love this trend but it is not suited for Arizona, even in the winter unless you plan on hanging out in a meat locker. The 2016 shearling trend is beautiful and is perfect for snuggle weather. This is also showing up as trim on boots and in some cases, the whole shoe is lined with the wool which brings me to . . .

19the century adaptation was far more utilitarian than decorative. However, that is not to say the older version of the trend was dowdy by any means. Take for example this 19th century Russian peasant coat. Peasant! Gosh, if this is peasant attire I’m curious to see what Russian Czars wore as coats! Probably not shearling, more than likely exotic fur–but I digress. This stunning example of shearling is lovely with its colorful embroidery and contrasting animal pelts.

So that’s it for Fall 2016, Ladies and Gentlemen. Are there any trends you’ll be sporting in the upcoming months? . . . Besides street-style, of course.

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