Every New Year is a time for reckoning — out with the old, in with the new, and nowhere more so than in the fashion industry. Designers already have decided what will stay and what will go, and if you plan to be au courant, you’ll have to go full metal jacket — metallics are in — and warrior-up your jewelry. That’s just for starters.

What’s out: off-the-shoulder anything, fringe unless you’re Native American or queen of the rodeo, baby backpacks, bucket hats and purses and male rompers (thank you, Jesus.)

But just so you know, some trends have transformed themselves and continue to live on, so see below.

Transparent: Diaphanous dresses remain, sophisticated but leaving little to the imagination, and totally unnecessary.

Americana: Stars and stripes. This would be fine only you’re not supposed to wear the flag. Sorry.

Haute Denim: Figuring people are determined to wear their jeans anyway, some designers have encouraged customers to strut them formally. Not unless you live in L.A. That’s the other L.A., not here.

Anoraks: An anorak is a heavy jacket with a hood. An example of an anorak is the coat traditionally worn by the Inuit people in Canada. You decide if Oscar de la Renta can make that happen.

Red: Still the one.

Japonica: Designers have long looked to far-flung cultures for inspiration (see above) this season landing in Japan with mandarin collars and kimono styles prominent on the runways.

By the way, ahead of the game, I bought my daughter a transparent red kimono as a holiday gift.

She said, “I don’t care what they say. Not doing that.”


Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at Fete@theadvocate.com.

Gremillion Gathering

This was a fabulous party. Mark and Rae Gremillion entertained friends just prior to Christmas, and Fête’s happy to say she was one. Beverly Drive was lined with cars from one end to the other as guests enjoyed some generous hospitality, courtesy of the household and Heather Mountain Catering. Home for the holidays were Alston, soon-to-be D.C. lawyer Diane and their brother Bray, making it merry and bright, and among those delighted with it all were The Advocate, Christmas casual Susan Theall, Tom and Paula Bertuccini and great hair guys Alfred Thomas and Cesar Mejia. “We haven’t had a Christmas party in years,” Rae Gremillion said. When asked how she managed to turn out children in med school, law school and Annapolis, she laughed, “I’m so broke!” Hardly — this house party’s the one to beat. What we loved: The spanakopita and Diane’s little Polaroid party pics. We were downright jealous.

Down on Main Street

“It’s a Wonderful Night on Main” made its debut at the Sliman Theater in downtown New Iberia. Organized by several Parich Foundation board members, the intent was an old-fashioned Christmas party. Iberia Mayor Freddie DeCourt contributed the venue free of charge, The Skyliners played and everybody stayed, including Lisa Lourd, Michael Parich Jr., who did some DJ duty, and Jessica Young. A portion of the ticket sales went to the St. Francis Diner and Habitat for Humanity in New Iberia.

New Kid on the Block

Chad Lege held a soft opening and reception for his new J Street Art Market just before New Year's. Located in the Omni Center on Jefferson, art types like photogenic Kaitlin Burleigh and textile artist Lisa Josey turned out to check out the new venue. "Basically, it's a place where people can show their creativity," said Quentin Lavergne, doing his own checking at the door. For now, vendors are still moving in, there's a stage for the performing arts and much more to come including a grand opening. "Vendors rent by the month," Lege explained. "We're between the artist and retail." What we loved: Lege had his Advocate article taped to the front window for passersby.

From the Halls of Academia

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association feted its outstanding graduates with a reception at the Alumni House. “Each college has its own internal process for selection,” said Kyle Bacon. “The Alumni Association picks the final student for the university.” The College of Liberal Arts chose future speech pathologist Ashley Bernard. Also cut from the herd was Donald Arceneaux, Lauren Lawson, Andrew Albritton, Brandy Milliman, Julia Ross, Patrick Williamson, Peace Eze, Sarah Martin, Annie Briley, Dylan Harrell, Ye He and Bin Wang. The Outstanding Graduate is the highest honor bestowed at the university and is based on grade-point average and community involvement. Also outstanding in our book — smooth-talker Dewayne Bowie.

Honky Tonk Angels

And angels they were, celebrating on New Year's Eve at The Warehouse Rhum Room to benefit Hospice of Acadiana. Zea's and several other sponsors debuted their first New Year's Eve event to the tune of Lafayette's Bayou Boys with all money raised strictly for the hospice. "Leonard and I have volunteered for Hospice for years," Jeff Favors said. "And this is the 11th." The benefits are not staged by Hospice but rather for them, and The Advocate has it on good authority they'll let us know about future events. Hospice of Acadiana is the area's only nonprofit hospice.