A multitude of influences
are inspiring the hottest trends in apparel this fall, and colorful gem-set
jewelry provides a wealth of options for true fashionistas who know how to
For the coming season, fashion designers have spun renditions of styles in
key decades including flapper looks of the 1920s; high-waisted skirts, crisp
blouses and sharp-shouldered jackets of the 1930s; simple silhouettes in
georgette tea dresses and ruffle-trimmed chiffon blouses of the 1940s;
flirty hems, belted waists and fluted sleeves of 1950s film star femmes
fatales; hippie colors of the 1960s on cardigan shifts, flowing tunics and
bubble-shaped coats; striped scarves, knitted skullcaps and pea coats in
1970s university wear a la "The Graduate;" and urban metallic glitz of the
1980s with leggings and off-the-shoulder sweaters reminiscent of "Fame"
days. Juxtaposed to lady-like styles are Katherine Hepburn-inspired menswear
- running the gamut of garb a woman can don.