[Traveling in Style | The Goods]
Dress for the West
Fashion designers are rediscovering the charms of all things bucolic.
When Standard Oil heiress and fashion icon Millicent Rogers moved from New York City to Taos, N.M., in 1947, she found a new kind of luxury, a combination of simplicity and rustic adornment that epitomizes Southwestern style to this day.
This fall, fashion has fallen for the West again — blanket shawls, tribal-patterned sweaters, tapestry bags and all.
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Michael Kors' chocolate suede fringe skirts, silk peasant blouses, dégradé cable-knit sweaters and clogs are rich hippie redux, while Burberry Prorsum's blanket shawls, hand-painted sheepskin coats and booties are Bloomsbury boho chic. (The arty Burberry look will be equally at home in L.A., where the brand will open its new flagship store on Rodeo Drive in November.)
Tibi's monochrome felted wool coats, culottes, fringed scarves and flat-topped hats (made in collaboration with milliner Federica Moretti) bring artist Georgia O'Keeffe's minimalist personal style of dressing to mind, while Etro's richly patterned knitwear and shearling coats make for a more layered look.
Accessories are tongue-in-cheek rugged, such as Tom Ford's super-luxe, firecracker-red alligator cowboy boots or Alexandre Birman's suede stilettos with swinging fringe or Hermes' haute saddle blankets and riding gloves.
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But the best piece might be something you find on your travels, such as the beaded cuff bracelets we discovered at a museum shop in Santa Fe. They're by Teri Greeves, the award-winning Kiowa artist who sums up her work this way: "I bead contemporary life."