Falling Up

As the editor in chief of both Gotham and Hamptons, I’m constantly jumping back and forth between two distinct visions. For the beach, the essence of our fashion pages is a comfortable, relaxed chic; for Gotham, the style is urban, edgy and always sophisticated.

I have been looking at film for months that was soft, light, airy and quite beautiful. But when the cover art came in for our fall issue, starring Milla Jovovich, incredibly talented photographer Steve Erle set the tone: This season is about really strong statements. So stow away those caftans and summer sunnies and get ready to carry a structured handbag, don some animal prints and go to the dark side with endless black leather.

Ours is a city where women’s style is truly unleashed. New York City women are so fashionforward that clothing straight off the runway translates into our everyday lives. What trends will we see roaming the streets this fall? There’s the global bohemian style, courtesy of Ralph Lauren and Dries Van Noten; the mixed textures that juxtapose the warm richness of tweeds with print and color, from Chloé, Miu Miu and Chanel; the ladylike frocks of Prada, Oscar de la Renta and Louis Vuitton; and modern supple leather in the form of shirts and trousers from Bottega Veneta, a leather trench from The Row and ruffled-lapel suits at Valentino. It’s cutting-edge and visionary while being glamorous.

Every time collections roll around, they should catapult fashion forward. This season Swarovski did just that. The fashion powerhouse collaborated with 22 designers to create one-of-a-kind dresses that will be auctioned off during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to benefit The American Cancer Society and France’s La Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer. Gotham is the first to shoot the collection, and who better to showcase the pieces than ultimate trendsetters Jill Flint, Molly Howard and Annabelle Dexter-Jones?

Be well, dress well

SAMANTHA YANKS
EDITOR IN CHIEF

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