Fashion designers are rediscovering the charms of all things bucolic

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Dress for the West

Fashion designers are rediscovering the charms of all things bucolic.

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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.


Rose gold and diamond Galop Hermés ring.


Burberry Prorsum Bloomsbury wool bag with hand-painted leather.

Gabriela Artigas

Gabriela Artigas Triple Shooting Stars yellow gold barrettes.

This fall, fashion has fallen for the West again — blanket shawls, tribal-patterned sweaters, tapestry bags and all.


Tom Ford

Tom Ford short cowboy boots in hand-polished alligator.

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Teri Greeves hand-beaded leather cuff bracelet.

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.)


Burberry Prorsum hand-painted calf suede ankle boots.

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant silver chain-mail necklace.

Alexandre Birman

Alexandre Birman fringed suede Jana pump.


Valentino grained calfskin tote with braided strap.

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.

Gianvito Rossi

Gianvito Rossi western-style leather Pearl boot.

Rupert Sanderson

Rupert Sanderson Frances calf leather ankle boot with cowgirl print.

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.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors silk georgette blouse and broadtail fleece Banker skirt.


Burberry Prorsum sheepskin trench coat and silk georgette dress.

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant Dumas vest, Dayden satin jacket, Sienna skirt and Neta boots.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren shearling wool coat and linen Beacon dress.

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.”


Federica Moretti for Tibi felted wool hat.


Hermés plaid blanket with suede goatskin trim.

Eddie Borgo

Eddie Borgo silver-plated, playable castanets.


Hermés glazed lambskin and nubuck gloves.

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