2017 draws to a close with the pronouncement far and wide that it has been “The Year of the Woman.” Indeed. Starting with the spectacularly-successful Women’s March on January 21st and ending with the “#Me Too” movement, exposing and halting the careers of a jaw-dropping number of spectacularly-successful men. Whatever your personal politics or opinions may be, the world has shifted—and it’s not going back.
2017, THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN: Reflecting back on 2017, beginning with the Women’s March & pussy hats, ending with #Me Too, a globally-changing moment for women to rise up, take charge of their lives, and move forward with strength
Fashion reacts. It has been years since designers have dictated precisely what to wear or what your hemline should be, but as we turn toward 2018, fashion’s mantra is clearly, “Be yourself. Be confident. Be strong. Be an individual.”
FIERCE, AGELESS GLAM: Direct from the Milan runway—”Gianni’s girls,” now ranging in age from 47 to 51, l-r, supermodels Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, designer Donnatella Versace, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen in Versace gold silk evening gowns—it’s all in the strut & the attitude!
BEAUTY COMES IN ALL COLORS, SHAPES & SIZES: The exquisite Lupita Nyong’o in January Vogue; size 14 supermodel Ashley Graham in Michael Kors during New York Fashion Week, she walked the runway in his Spring 2018 show the next day
Underscoring that, the runway becomes diverse and inclusive. Racially, ethnically, age-wise, and size-wise. Knife-thin Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour called out British designers for “still being in love with the skinny girl;” renown designer Michael Kors was among many whose resort show comprised models of every color, shape, and size. Think eclectic. Think quirky. Think fun!
LOOK LIKE A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE: Amal Clooney in vintage gold Versace in Italy; black & rose gold sequin dresses from bloomingdales.com
Which brings me to New Year’s Eve—an evening to “be yourself” if there ever was one—yet of course there are trends. Wear something sparkly. Something sequin. Something metallic. You want to shimmer. This is the night for black & white, silver & gold, all available everywhere at every price point. Add ropes of pearls or glistening beads, add an armful of bracelets, real or faux. You want to look like a glass of champagne.
ONE IS NOT ENOUGH: Stacks of bangles at lagos.com; faux colored-stone necklace & drop earrings at ralphlauren.com
I am fortunate to spend New Year’s with dear friends, rotating houses each year so no one has to drive far. Once it’s decided who is hosting, not only am I thinking think of what I’ll wear, but even more fun, how I’ll do my table if hosting—a beautiful table enhances the festive mood immediately.
READY TO PARTY: Vintage David Rodriguez black velvet top & tuxedo pants, ropes of pearls & gold bracelets from Jeff Kellmer Jewelers, Haverford, citrine cocktail ring from H. Stern
The last time I hosted, we went to a charming local restaurant for dinner, then back to our house for dessert. My theme was black, gold, and silver, with a pop of pink. For centerpieces, I used gold top hats and crystal champagne flutes filled with pink flowers, marching down the center of my table. Tiaras for the ladies, top hats for the men. (The other way round looks fantastic too!)
“TABLE IT!” My NYE dessert table, with Limoges rose & gold china, Daum crystal candelabra, and Reed & Barton silver, all collected through the years; square crystal ice cream bowls from bedbath&beyond.com, vintage ceramic ice cream holders from Nan Duskin (if you’re 50ish, you may remember that marvelous store!); gold top hats filled with pink flowers from longstems.com
I served an array of super-decadent Graeter’s ice cream with hot fudge or caramel sauce, Mrs. Prindable’s chocolate covered pretzel rods, and my dear friend Lynn, a great baker, made scrumptious biscotti and brownies to complement it all. Don’t you love the sound of a popping cork? For me, midnight must include pink champagne in beautiful flutes, and toasts and kisses all around.
FOR A “SWEET” NEW YEAR: An array of scrumptious ice cream flavors from graeters.com; chocolate covered pretzel rods from mrsprindables.com
My daughter made us a terrific dance mix that my husband knew how to play through the TV (no idea how to do that but it’s very cool). After the ball dropped, we rolled up the rug and danced and danced. All in all a very fun night!
“5, 4, 3, 2, 1—HAPPY NEW YEAR!” Michael Aram “Black Orchid” champagne bucket from bloomingdales.com; Dom Perignon champagne from SherryLehman NYC.com or your local liquor store
Besides the glam, I am always nostalgic at New Year’s, surely a time for taking stock, looking forward and looking back. Urged by family, friends, and fashion colleagues that I must have a presence on line, three years ago I created “Fashion at 50ish” with huge hesitation—only to find I’m having a ball writing every month. I would surely be remiss if I did not thank you—my readers—for your overwhelming support, kind words, and compliments. It is my pleasure to please you, bringing you the latest trends in fashion, entertaining, and style.
SHE SAID YES! Here’s to the bride & groom, my daughter Lauren & her fiance Steve Hanulec
I cannot close without a personal note! As the new year begins, we are looking forward to the wedding of my daughter Lauren—surely one of the strongest, fiercest, most empowered women I know—who became engaged to the wonderful Steve Hanulec over Christmas weekend. Here’s a toast to their fabulous future together!
HAPPPY NEW YEAR FROM ME TO YOU!
And last, I wish each and every one of my readers a Happy, Healthy, Wonderful & Chic New Year—Let’s raise a glass of glamorous pink champagne to being a confident, fierce woman, to being an individual—and to all the best for all of us in 2018! Ellyn Golder Saft