This fall, New York Fashion Week was ripe with wacky and wondrously weird styles that demanded a double take. Here’s a roundup of some of the quirkiest ones, plus what fashion-forward Pittsburghers had to say about them.
The look: Double-faced cowboy boots (pictured above) Spotted: Hood by Air spring 2017 runway show
“I am honestly not a fan at all. Talking to Baldwin [Dawkins], the other Refresh PGH owner who is more stylish than I am, about them and he actually laughed. Regular cowboy boots are limiting enough, but these are just crazy!” — Sean Devine, co-owner of Refresh PGH, a sneaker consignment and customization shop in the East End
The look: Fuzzy fingernails Spotted: Libertine spring/summer 2017 runway show
“I think they would be too cumbersome to wear in real life. That fuzz would get in your food. It would get all matted and gross when washing your hands — It’s just not practical.” — Liz Quesnelle, owner of Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium in Lawrenceville
“I’m not totally opposed. One or two nails detailed [with fuzz] wouldn’t be too bad.” -— Aliya Wray, backstage manicurist at New York Fashion Week and owner of Aliya Wray’s Beauty Parlor in McKees Rocks
The look: Earlobe liner Spotted: Proenza Schouler spring 2017 runway show
“It sort of reminded me of hearing aids, to be honest, with an accessory dangling from it. I think someone could pull it off, though, with the right look.” — Chancelor Humphrey, Keep Pittsburgh Dope street-style photographer
“I’ve had about three experiences doing ear makeup in my career, but nothing involving glitz and glam. Once I had to add prosthetic tips to the ears to make someone into an alien. I’m going to predict that this look is something we won’t be seeing on the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh — unless it’s a Steelers game, where black and gold is welcome anywhere, even the ears.” — Patty Bell, Pittsburgh-based film and TV makeup artist
The look: Fishy statement sunglasses Spotted: Thom Browne pool party-themed fashion show
“A friend of mine designs his sunglasses. Those particular sunglasses ... are called his icon designs. As far as I know, there are only five of those made. I think people who wear these things are totally fun and totally creative. We have some really fun wearable versions [in the store] that have kitty ears on them, or you’ll see things like angel wings. But they’re not as intricate as those are.” — Heidi Weitz, owner of HeidiOptics eyewear, Downtown
The look: Bold hair accessories Spotted: Backstage at Pamella Roland fashion show
“I think it would be cool to wear if you were going to a trendy bar or lounge, not really a day-to-day kind of thing. It kind of looks like something you could probably buy at a homewares store, if you want to create that look. It could get kind of heavy though!” — Tori Mistick, Style Social Pittsburgh co-founder and lifestyle blogger at WearWagRepeat.com
“I really like the strength of this particular hair accessory. I think it takes ordinary to the next level. It gives you something to look at when she turns around. It’s a good point of interest.... Also, vintage pins and broaches make for some funky and romantic accent pieces in updos.” — Dana Bannon, proprietress/stylist at Pageboy Salon & Boutique in Lawrenceville
Photos by Getty Images. Sara Bauknecht: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG.
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