A new round of designer duds takes us back to the frontier.
ONCE THE FIRST BOOTHEEL hit the runway at Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel show in Dallas, fashionistas everywhere were galloping to the closest department store to scoop up cowgirl-inspired gear by the dozens. Call it Manifest Destiny—or just an ode to our classic American roots—but our love affair with the Wild West is nothing new. What keeps the trend fresh is the constant reimagination of the typical western staples. Cowboy boots feature previously unseen details and textures like floral embroidery and colored stitching. Cowhide has replaced leopard as the animal print of choice, visible everywhere from handbags to heels, with gold accents aplenty. Even leather seems to be growing more luxe, readily available as a top fall must-have in warm shades of brown and cool camel. Avoid the costume conundrum by pairing pioneer-friendly statement pieces with classic silhouettes to solidify your role as urban cowgirl, not Howdy Doody. Saddle up—you’re in for a fashionable ride.
1/ LOVE TOKENS NECKLACE available at GiddyUp Jane, Ladue, 314.993.9944. 2/ STREET LEVEL SADDLE BAG available at Paperdolls, Kirkwood, 314.965.3655. 3/ CHANEL SHOES available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. 4/ PAIGE WALLACE BELT BUCKLE available at GiddyUp Jane, Ladue, 314.993.9944. 5/ REBEL BRACELET available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. 6/ MARC LABAT BAG available at GiddyUp Jane, Ladue, 314.993.9944. 7/ OLD GRINGO BOOTS available at GiddyUp Jane, Ladue, 314.993.9944. 8/ BRACELET available at Paperdolls, Kirkwood, 314.965.3655.
Photo credit: Attilio DAgostino