The abcs of fashion literacy From anna wintour to rachel zoe, with all the http://www.thelivelist.co.uk/ trends in between:The abcs of fashion literacy A is for anniversaries, many happy returns.Fashion uses any and every excuse to break out the champers:20 years marks a job anniversary for Suzy Menkes, fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, Anna Wintour at American Vogue and Martin Margiela, the maverick Belgian designer, who celebrates his 20th with a career retrospective at Antwerp’s MoMu museum.Diesel and banana republic are flirty at 30, esprit celebrates the big 4 0, lacoste is 75 and ferragamo an enduring 80.And, oh yes, the national post turns 10 this month. B is for bows on blouses, one of fall’s quintessential”Pieces. “Dolce gabbana and proenza schouler’s supersized version emulates faye dunaway’s network wardrobe, not to mention what the cast wore in nine to five.The saggy feminine loops show up on shoes, too, from valentino’s signature flourish on ankle boots to knots on naot’s pleasure pump. C is for collarbonesAnd collaborations.Buh bye, posh bob.So long, shag.Anne hathaway’s tousled justAbove the shoulder collarbone cut is the do of the day.What’s new in collaborations?Comme des garcons is coming to h nextMonth.BobMackie is dressing tina turner,And everyone’s dressingMadonna.FilmAnd fashion co operate in prada’s latest cinematic short.M.A.C has tapped ungaro designer esteban cortazar to create seasonal colours(Next up:Dame edna). SexAnd the City wardrobeMistress Patricia Field is on the Home Shopping NetworkAndAtMarks Spencer.And you knew it was onlyAMatter of time: Sofia Coppola will designA collection of handbagsAnd shoes for Louis Vuitton, where her BFFMarc Jacobs is creative director. D for dominatrix.Victoria beckham caused a stir last week in heel less latex boot tights by antonio berardi.But spikes, studs or vinyl duds, the thigh’s the limit, and clothing has more than a touch of the s to it.Cage front shoes and winding multiple straps and seven inch fetish heels, oh my!Even loubs are covered in menacing spikes. E is for elections, one here and one there.Now let’s move on from discussing sarah palin’s hair.F is for flats and the news here is that manolo’s moving on.British vogue reports that the stiletto king has recently gone gaga for graceful gamines(Think audrey hepburn)Who can work flatties.Maybe that’s because madame sarkozy, carla bruni, wears them so well?Don’t go, manolo, the stiletto needs you! F is for flats and the news here is that manolo’s moving on.British vogue reports that the stiletto king has recently gone gaga for graceful gamines(Think audrey hepburn)Who can work flatties.Maybe that’s because madame sarkozy, carla bruni, wears them so well?Don’t go, manolo, the stiletto needs you! G is for gothic, because sulking, brooding and a fascination with death never go out of style.Fashion’s prince of darkness, olivier theyskens, creative director at nina ricci, has dipped the house’s classic lalique dove perfume bottle in black.Riccardo tisci at givenchy is piling on the gilt crosses.Yves saint laurent’s gothic black gloss pur lipstick($34)Has a waiting list at holt renfrew(It arrives monday). H is for house, home and hearth.Canada’s decor diva firmament has had an extreme makeover and the hip new regime is more approachable than aspirational.House home’s dynamo new editor, suzanne dimma, dispenses stylish can do weekend projects, while style at home design director samantha pynn debuts her new show, pure design, on hgtv.And what will our lovely homes smell like this fall?The comfort of burning wood.Burberry’s luxe new candle is smokey wood embers, crabtree evelyn has launched a woodsy home fragrance range called hearth and banana republic’s spicy fireside will be a ubiquitous hostess gift.We’re craving cozy. I is for indispensable ina, my foodie girl crush, back with another for gals in a rush.Ina garten’s simply barefoot contessa on the food network canada kicks off this month along with a cookbook by the same name.She uses butter and sugar and isn’t afraid to look like she enjoys eating.Which brings us to. J is for joan, as in joan holloway, the steno pool goddess with the trademark sashay on mad men.The rubenesque office director’s curve hugging dresses steal every scene, so it’s no wonder designers take their cues from mm wardrober katherine jane bryant this season.Peter som does peplums while michael kors showcases streamlined ’60s jackie sheaths under fur trimmed tweed coats;Even wonderbra pays tribute to voluptuous women with a new ad campaign(Tag line”D to g:Because we’re more than a handful”).They’re called wiggle dresses for a reason, boys watch for dangerous curves ahead. K is for kitchen, which is where the usual cheffy suspects are whipping up folksy and casual comfort food cookbooks:There’s a new anna, martha, bonnie, anita, giada and nigella which reminds me of a tip for picking out cookbooks(It also applies to produce suppliers):Don’t trust any name that doesn’t end in a vowel. L is for leather leggings and lace.Lindsay lohan’s quilted knee leather leggings sold out in a day and prada’s doily dresses are here to stay.Worn together, they’re naughty and nice. M is for minimalism, clothing pared down into seemingly simple sculptures to wear around town.In neutrals and blacks, they showcase designer dressmakers’ tricks:A seam here, a tuck there or an architectural fold;A slim dress from andy the anh and from aldo, a gathered and puckered clutch to decorate your hand. N is for noir, the new buzzword for black.It never left, so how come it’s back?Little black dress, black trousers, black biker jacket in your closet;Stark black on white in the bedroom and the rest of the house.It’s also the trend in perfume names for dames:The tom ford private collection has no fewer than three fragrances dubbed noir.And don’t forget paco rabanne black xs, bulgari’s jasmin noir, iris noir and creed love in black. O is for oxford, the shoes, localeAnd the style.First came sartorial spectacleAtonement, then brideshead revisited was revisited in july withA new feature film, populated withAristocratic men in 1930s country tweedsAnd wide peak lapel jacketsAnd round collar shirts, wornAs though to the manor born.Angelina comes later this month in the big clint eastwood film, wearing changeling period costumes of rolled collar chiffon, cocoon coatsAnd cloches.In the meantime,Andre benjamin,A.K.A. Outkast’sAndre 3000, has just launched his menswear line, Benjamin Bixby,And it’sAll Oxbridge,All the time dapper 1930s dandy,All woolly waistcoats, suspendersAnd effete cricket sweaters. P is for the colour purple, the colour pop of the season from episcopal purple to regal plum(Michelle obama power dresses hers with pearls).Violet,Aubergine, grape, pruneAnd lilac, makeup from bobbi brown, cliniqueAnd m.A. CAre the colour of ripe bruises, too. So pervasive is purple that wannabe fashion lifestyle brands ListerineAnd Vitaminwater have gone purple, too. Q is for quirky decor, because beige, taupe and tan are the trend no more.Nests are feathered with globe trotting finds:Flame stitch textiles, ikat pillows, a buddha and a chair from tibet, all with a sense of adventure and humour.Canadian designers such as bustle and izzy camilleri were called to the carpet by source uk, the canadian design firm, and created a trompe l’oeil steamer trunk design rug and a bustier shaped carpet respectively.But caution:There’s delightfully eclectic and there’s over the top eccentric.Thank god for domino magazine’s new guidebook, domino:The book of decorating, out next week. R is for restraint.Financial and sartorial.Budget shopping this year means fewer but better items, not high street cheaper.Tighten those belts.Besides, a cinched waist is so right now. S is for seventies swingtown style(And we don’t mean partner swapping).Colour blocked and patchwork bags and shoes in gold, avocado, luggage and teal are popping up at chie mihara, d and roots;There’s a revival of bonnie cashin’s flap bags at coach, and crochet kerchiefs and haute hippie maxi dresses from miss sixty to gucci. T is for teens, where we get our style cues especially gossip girl from headbands to shoes.The small screen is a hotbed of co eds.Back stabbing queen bee blair waldorf knows revenge is a dish best served often, and in heels.Palm beach hosts privileged billionaire twin heiresses in trashy outfits, and 90210’s new goody two shoes favours casual socal separates.Candace bushnell is turning to teen drama with the carrie bradshaw diaries.Instead, all teens should read susan juby’s latest, getting the girl, about an amateur sleuth trying to prevent the hottest clique in school from putting his gal pal on thed list. U is for understated, something jewellery most definitely should not be.Only supersized baubles apply.Statement necklaces, gumball pearls, cocktail rings and extravagant cuffs, the bigger and bolder the better. V as in vampires and victoriana often, though not always, together.Prim but sexy victorian lace up booties by stylist rachel fanconi(For the hush puppies guest designer series)And john fluevog could have been worn by holmesian adventuress irene adler.Rodarte’s shredded cobweb tights are out for blood and bram stoker’s heir is stoked for a dracula sequel.But while your angst ridden niece is waiting for that, michael kors handbags uk and the stephenie meyer mega movie twilight, slip her ottawan max turner’s debut night runner, a vampire novel for teens. W is for winter florals, high waists and wide legs, three trends to try.Dark floral prints, like giambattista valli, diane von furstenberg and thakoon’s large scale jewel tones bloom in autumn shades such as scarlet and magenta and are richer and moodier than warm weather versions.Widelegged trousers a la carole lombard and annie hall cut a new silhouette:Wear them with heels, as long as they’re not too high. X is for xtreme footwear, fashion’s latest cruel and unusual punishment.They’re ugly!And they’re ridiculously high!Women around the world are teetering on vertiginous contraptions slapped with bells, whistles and other gewgaws inflicted on them by mad(Or drunk, or both)Designers.The joke’s on us. Y is for yves.Rip, monsieur saint laurent.Z is for zero, zilch, zip, because size zeroes still rule the runway and fashion spreads, and designers don’t seem to care.Mtv’s upcoming model makers reality show will only make it worse. “Have you ever dreamed about being a model, but your weight has stopped you from reaching your dream?Then this is the show for you! “Z is also for zoe, as in size naught stylist rachel.She should host, naturally. Z is for zero, zilch, zip, because size zeroes still rule the runway and fashion spreads, and designers don’t seem to care.Mtv’s upcoming model makers reality show will only make it worse. “Have you ever dreamed about being a model, but your weight has stopped you from reaching your dream?Then this is the show for you! “Z is also for zoe, as in size naught stylist rachel.She should host, naturally.