The Long Silhouette

Looking back at Fall 1996- American Vogue advised its readers that ‘Fashion goes to great lengths to tow the long, thin line. For evening dressing or urbane outerwear, the lean look continues to rule…’ Isaac Mizrahi’s dresses (left) and two coats designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel (right).

Looking back at Fall 1996- Stretching the limits with Fendi sheared weasel coat (left) & dresses (right) by Carolina Herrera, Verace and Celine.

Looking back at Fall 1996- Sweeping statement dresses by Oscar de la Renta  and Versace (left) along side coats (right) from Armani and Chanel.

Looking forward to Fall 2010- British Red Magazine shows fashion’s love affair with long, close fitting dresses, coats and sweaters in a photo shoot aptly entitled ‘The Long Weekend.’ Giorgio Armani’s black velvet dress (above) worn with Tod’s  suede/leather boots.

Looking forward to Fall 2010- March to the beat of your own drummer in Max Mara’s long cashmere coat. This model also wears a Ralph Lauren sweater and Tommy Hilfiger black leather boots.

Looking forward to Fall 2010- Full length Chanel faux-fur coat over a Crumpet knit dress, Prada wool socks and Tommy Hilfiger leather boots (same as above).

Looking forward to Fall 2010- Michael Kors’s two piece white suit (coat and long skirt) is covered by a Boss black jacket. Hat from Elizabeth Lau.

Looking forward to Fall 2010- Tricolor (cream, gray and black) ankle skimming jersey dress at Jonathan Saunders. Paul Smith derby hat with Daks scarf and Tommy Hilfiger boots.

(Top photos- Mario Testino. Bottom photos- Caliena Rentmeester)

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