The basics have taken on a daring look for 1988 . . . it's almost as if mainstream fashion suddenly got hip.
For men, mainstream items include bomber-style jackets, white shirts without buttons on the collar and navy blue blazers cut closer to the body. "We're getting away from the boxy look," Martin Fischer, vice president of Saks Fifth Avenue, says.
For women, silk flowers are back among the fundamentals, since Paris designer Christian Lacroix started pinning them to everything from hips to hat brims. And high-heel pumps are replacing flat shoes as a fashion basic this year, although flats will still be in style. More adventurous types are already going higher, buying stiletto heels. Trend setters will probably wear high-heel sling backs instead of pumps.
A list of what everybody and their grandmothers will wear this year even includes dress-up exercise shoes for after exercising.
But the biggest shocker has to be short skirts. Just last summer women said they would never bare their knees again. But they're not saying that anymore. There's a new cocktail dress to consider. It is short and strapless, says Noddie Weltner, coordinator of special events for I. Magnin. "A year ago," she recalls, "it was understated, ultrasophisticated and long ."