It’s that time of year again, when temperatures are still in triple digits yet the catwalks are crowded with fall. Fashion houses are forever south of the equator, on opposite sides of the seasons from us, and while you’re sweltering, they’re serving up leather, fishnets and fur coats.

This season’s offerings are a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, and like Louis XIV famously said, “Fashion is a mirror” (he subsequently gave his name to one.) According to industry insiders Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, this is what your fashion mirror will reflect in the not-too-distant future:

Red: Red is the color, and not just a little — monochromatic red from head to toe, including over-the-knee red boots from Fendi. Not since Dillinger’s girlfriend has the lady in red been so killer.

Retro hats: From cloche to Carnaby Street. Red.

Americana: Deconstructed denim, cowboy looks and especially quilts. With a cloche hat and a red fur wrap.

Matrix moments: In advance of the rumored reboot. Big trench coats, leather shirts, bondage pants, post-apocalyptic sweaters, Agent Smith suits and the futuristic sunglasses. Don’t choose the red pill here.

Fur: It’s going to be a long, hard winter, PETA people. Estate sale-style and vintage-inspired fur is back, your mama’s head-on mink stole included.

Victorian collars: Big, lacy Laura Ashley ones. If you remember who Laura Ashley is, you may want to just move on to …

Broad shoulders: Yes, shoulder pads are back, no argument. The '80s kind with big, plaid man-blazers.

Fishnets: The bare legs got to go, ladies.

Silvery: Evening gowns, glittery boots, and what appears to be Mylar spa wraps

Russian Doll Vibes: Heh-heh.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at

Happily Ever After

Charlotte Huggins wed Daniel Epperly at a recent ceremony in Shapleigh, Maine. The couple was married at a family home on Silver Lake hosted by Bill and Suzanne Epperly. The bride made her appearance in a wedding gown from A-Net’s, a handmade veil, her mother’s wedding shoes and a memento of her late father’s pinned beneath her dress. At the end of the night, wedding guests and lake visitors were treated to a fireworks display launched from a barge built by the groom’s father. The couple will reside in Lafayette.

Fare thee well

Ted Viator hosted Madge McLain for a farewell party in his Heatherstone home. The host served his famous heirloom bourbon punch while Bons Temps catered the cucumber sandwiches, boudin bites and buffet for days. A bon temp was had by all, including Lue Svendson, L.C. Cambre, Marshall Mugnier, Frankie and Charon Harris, Shelly Landry and Lisa Morgan. “It’s always difficult to leave old friends,” said McLain, surrounded by well-wishers. McLain will be ordained a deacon on Aug. 24 at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria and afterward assigned to Abbeville. What we loved: the cheese mold in the shape of a cross and the bourbon punch, but then who didn’t.

'She Persisted'

Car diva and dealership CEO Sharon Moss addressed Connections, a women's networking group, at its regular Petroleum Club luncheon. A full house gave Moss a standing ovation before she said a word about her life and times, small town-girl-makes-good rise to fortune and fame, plus a second when she was finished. Her die-hard mantra? “Competition makes you better.” Guests and members enjoyed Petroleum Club’s classic Southern lunch buffet, door prizes and forging new business connections, among them a lovely Kay Ouzts, Jan Frost Williams, Kathleen Gannon and lil’ Cajun girl Michele Coker.

Bonnard & Brie 2

This combination wine and cheese tasting plus tour was so successful, the University Art Museum decided a repeat was in order. An entirely new slew of guests was treated to Whole Foods encore lineup of cheeses and Marcello’s wine, not the least of which was the sparkling L’Conti Blanquette du Limoux. Among the artful and most interesting were Pat Miller, planning to embark on a 30-day adventure along the Great River Road to the headwaters of the Mississippi, and artist Chris Pavlik, whose recent adventure concerned the floodwaters of New Orleans. While attending Nola’s White Linen Night, he exited a 20-minute gallery visit to thigh-high water and a wade back to his hotel.

Here Comes the Sun

A deluge delayed but failed to deter gallerygoers for August ArtWalk. Umbrellas dotted the street as soon as there was a break in the clouds, and the art smart were out in force. Cité des Arts featured New Orleans street photography by Amy Fornof, while the Acadiana Center for the Arts wowed the crowd with scenes from "Finding Nelson Mandela" in the atrium. In the mix: Killer “Hedwig” cast member Wesley Rose; chain-saw artist Kelly Guidry; UAM’s Susie Gottardi and Jolie Johnson; author Dennis Ward; collectors Burnell Lemoine and Ed Dubuisson; and painters Dirk Guidry and Chris Pavlik, whose “Powder Keg” exhibition is exactly that.