Macy’s Glamorama: Fashion Director, Paul Anthony

Paul Anthony is on the left and Michael Gansome, show producer.

Just around the corner is Macy’s annual Glamorama Show benefitting local San Francisco charities. FSHN has a chance to chat with the show’s fashion director, Paul Anthony, about a preview of upcoming fall trends from some of the brands featured in the show.

FSHN: How were the looks created and what colors, textures, and patterns will be hot this fall?

PA: This fall, you will see a lot of rock influence in fashion, which is fitting with our Fashion Rocks theme for Glamorama.  Our fall INC line, which is featured in the show, includes leather/ pleather clothing and details, stud accents, and new versions of the moto and bomber jackets. And every great rocker has to have the perfect jean. No matter your style or preference, there is a great variety of denim at Macy’s—from colored, to printed, to embellished, and even acid wash for a throwback to the 80s. Another popular trend is black and white, which will carry over from spring into fall in graphic motifs from designers such as Weekend Max Mara. Also popular for fall are shades of blue— from navy to cobalt—which will be softened by pastels and grays.

FSHN: San Francisco has unique fall weather. How does that play into a distinctive fall style?

PA: San Francisco has the best of both worlds, since it can be sunny and warm during the day and cool and windy at night. In one day, you can dress for two seasons. I think the one thing to remember is layering. On a cool foggy morning, wear a sweater and/or jacket; peel them off for the midafternoon sun; then layer on again for an evening out on the town. Fall fashion includes a wide variety of sweaters great for layering, including lightweight and heavyweight cardigans and crews. But a woman in San Francisco can never have too many jackets—from blazers and suit jackets to moto jackets—they complete any look and keep her warm and fashionable on the cool San Francisco nights.

FSHN: Tell us more about the Fashion Rocks theme for this year’s show and the music-inspired fashion featured this year.

PA: Music and fashion have influenced each other throughout history. In prepping for Fashion Rocks, I brushed up on my rock knowledge, looking back at the evolution of rock in all its forms, including Elvis, Queen, Kiss and today’s hits. I took influence from the album covers, music, and fashion rock icons of the different rock ages—from the glam of David Bowie to the 80s hair bands. In all my rock research, one main thing prevailed: individuality. Regardless of the trends or fads, rockers put their own spin on style.  For fall, the number one fashion tip is be you and show the world what type of rocker you are by expressing yourself through your clothes.