Boca women pride themselves on being fashionistas. So, Saks Fifth Avenue’s New Year’s Eve virtual closet reminder wasn’t just good marketing. It was a reality check that formalwear has changed. Now, fabrics do the talking and even sneakers can do the walking.
Boca Voice checked in with fashion guru Heather Shaw, vice president
Q: What’s in and what’s out?
A: Sparkle and shine have been a trend for the whole fall season. Even accessories lend themselves well to this. You can update something in your closet, even a little black dress, with a pair of sparkly earrings.
Q: I noticed more separates.
A: There’s more variety in what you can wear for formal. A long, pleated skirt is a big trend and you can even wear it with sneakers.
All the designers have come out with a fashion sneaker. Some of them have fun details like stars and some have jewels. Anything goes on a sneaker.
Q: Separates as opposed to a dress? Are dresses out?
A: It’s not one size fits all. Everyone can have their own style. You can wear a fun skirt and top or you can pair denim with a sequined blazer and a pair of sparkly heels.
Q: What are you showing that can create a fashion statement?
A: Sequins or sparkle jackets, textured pants and details on the pants. Full length. There’s lots of color. Silver is big. People are being more risky with their color choices, especially down here. You can wear black, but accent with color.
Q: You had sparkly skirts in the fashion show for the Women Volunteer of the Year luncheon recently. Did you create any fashion trends?
A: Celebrities are now wearing suits without a shirt underneath. We showed that, if you’re willing to be risqué.
Q: What are you wearing New Year’s Eve?
A: Denim and a sparkle blazer for a family New Year’s Eve. There are lots of good sales, and this is the best time to shop.
By Marci Shatzman