A to Z - What to say at the #NYFW

10/22/2018
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Now that we are only a few days away from the NYFW, we’re all eagerly waiting with excitement to see what’s next for the Fall/Winter collections in the New York Fashion Week - that goes from the 8th to 16th February and is then followed by London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks.

So for the next months, you should be ready to hear - and understand - a lot about it!

If you are like most women on this planet and not only love fashion, but also love talking about fashion, we prepared a dictionary to help you with expressions you must know to sound like a true fashionista!

A- 

Accessories: 

All you add to your outfit, such as bags, belts, jewelry, hats, to make it more personal and stylish

Apparel: 

Any kind of clothing.

B-

Baggy: 

Loose fitting coats, shirts /wide legged jeans etc.

C-

Catwalk:

Runway. A long platform used in fashion shows where models present the designer’s collection.

Contemporary: 

Mid-priced but trend-focused clothes, more affordable than designer brands.

Craftsmanship: 

Hand-made work of high quality, a work of art, so to say, that you can see in clothes from Haute Couture.

D-

Dress for the occasion: 

To wear the right clothes for each specific occasion. 

Ex: If you have a business meeting, you must dress for the occasion and wear a power suit. 

E-

Eye for fashion

To know what is in and out in fashion, to have a good sense of style.

Ex: the Vanessa Traina has an amazing eye for fashion.

F-

Fashion Icon: 

Someone whose style and eye for fashion are an example for others to follow.

Fashionista: 

Someone who knows a lot about fashion or who works in the fashion industry.

Fit: 

Abbreviation for the outfit (and not for good physical shape!)

Ex: I loved Chloe’s fit in her new fragrance campaign

G-

Garments:

Clothes, apparels.

H-

Haute Couture: 

Designers that make custom-made exclusive clothes for private customers. You won’t find Haute Couture clothes in a shop.

Hems: 

The lower part of clothes, finished off by sewing to cover the fabric’s edge. The Hems can be visible or not.

I-

Investment: 

Money well spent on good quality clothes, shoes or bags, that will last longer and you know you will wear them a lot.

Influencer: 

A fashionista whose opinion influences people, especially buyers.

J-

Je ne sais quoi : 

Comes from the French “I don’t know what”, meaning a something that you can’t define what makes a person or a style very special.

Ex: Princess Margaret had a je ne sais quoi that made her a style icon. 

K-

Kelvin: 

As in Kelvin, the useless filter on Instagram; something ignored and completely unused by everyone.

Ex: Unitards are the Kelvin of last season (thank God!)

L-

LBD:

Little black dress, that one garment you must have in your wardrobe, that plain black dress that goes with absolutely everything and that you can't go wrong in it.

Loubs: 

Any fab red sole shoes by Christian Louboutin.

M-

Must-haves:

Clothes and accessories from a collection you absolutely must have so as to not look last-season!

N-

No Go: 

Garments and trends you must avoid at all costs if you want to look like a true fashionista.

Ex: skinny jeans are a No-Go in 2018 

O-

On-trend: 

If you tired of the word trendy, you can always use “on-trend” instead.

Ex: Brooches are really on-trend this year. 

P-

Power suit: 

A two-piece well-tailored classic suit that means you’re in business and, as any Super-heroes power suits, will give you instant power!

Puffer Jacket: 

Oversized and really puffy coats

Q-

Quarter: 

That part of the shoes that cover the heel (if you really must know…)

R-

Ready-to-wear: 

A line of clothes sold in stores instead of made-to-order Haute Couture.

Resort: 

Market season between fall and spring, available in stores by December.

S-

Sartorial: 

Related to clothes or the style of clothes, and often associated with men’s wear.

Season: 

Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer are the 2 seasons, or the 2 collections designers prepare each year.

Statement: 

A bold accessory you wear that draws everyone's attention to it, a statement earring, bag or necklace for example, impossible to be ignored.

Spon Con: 

Sponsored content. When an influencer or blogger is paid to post about some brand or product.

T-

Trend: 

Something that is - or is about to be - currently popular and fashionable.

U-

Unitard: 

A one-piece skin-tight garment that goes from neck to ankles.

Well, on second thought, better forget the word and the look! Wowzers!!

V-

Vent: 

A split in a tight skirt, for example, to allow you to move.

W-

Woke: 

Although an incorrect tense of awake, a reference to how people should be aware of current affairs.

Ex: "While you are obsessing with the Kardashians, there are millions of homeless in the world. STAY WOKE"

Wowzers: 

An exclamation, when you are surprised, by something very good or … very bad!

Ex: Have you seen Valentino’s show? Wowzers!

X-

X-Ray fabrics: 

See through shiny fabrics.

Y-

Yes, like:

As in Facebook like button. You can use that as an exclamation or, if you are Queen of Cool, say it showing little emotion, in a very nonchalant manner.

Z-

Zori: 

The Japanese grand-mother of all Flipflops and sandals.

Zip-up: 

A jacket that you can close with a zipper all the way up to your neck, usually a sporty jacket.


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