As you struggle to shoo away the insects of summer, fall’s long since arrived in the international fashion houses. Their cool weather couture collections are off and strutting down the runways, the trends are fixed, and whether you lean more Missoni, Maison Margiela or Miu Miu, the suspense is over.

Those designers wishing to attract the young to their clothes are looking to change it up, and for those wondering what lies ahead, here’s a short summary. Some may be pleasantly surprised, others just surprised.

Granny Chic: Bless her heart. Follow Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” suggestions and wear your grandma’s coat, you’ll look incredible. More is more and a little of this and that adds up. You’ll need some long orange gloves and can achieve the rest with tweed and neon. Those with small children can simply ask them to pick out their clothes. And who doesn’t like plaid with pearls.

Goth Girl: The familiar head-to-toe black, some hair in the face, or a veil to complete the funereal look. Giorgio Armani makes it wearable. Thom Browne, not so much.

The Fashion Nun: An ascetic aesthetic. Sort of Catholic nun crossed with the Tibetan type. Covered up, one neutral color, no frills. No fun.

The Forever Boho: No, it’s never going away, and they’ve finally admitted it. Not much different from Granny Chic. In fact, Los Angeles designer Rosetta Getty (yes, those Gettys) suggests just putting on a crocheted granny square afghan for a look not only boho but homeless as well.

Lolita: This is the opposite of Fashion Nun. Women dress like sexy schoolgirls in saddle shoes and sultry sunglasses.

Think of it as The Forever Bimbo.

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

Young Lawyers banquet

The Lafayette Young Lawyers Association held a changing of the guard on the 12th floor of downtown’s IberiaBank Tower. It was definitely the room with the view as outgoing LYLA president Trey Hightower handed off the torch to Dwazendra Smith. “I’ll be the biggest smile in the room tonight,” said Hightower over cocktails. Chef Brian Blanchard catered the sky-high event with ease and the law-at- large included Lafayette Bar Association President Kyle Gideon, Frank and Tracey Neuner, Josette Abshire, Judge David Blanchet, Judge Marilyn Castle and husband Jack, as well as Iberia Bank’s Mary Nain and Jerry Prejean. Hightower’s smile could also be due to the fact he is recently engaged. Sorry, ladies.

Anniversary waltz

It was just like a Bollywood movie. Dr. Sangeeta Shah and her husband Anil marked 50 years together with a private party at the Petroleum Club. Jeanie Simon Domingue called the shots, a Baton Rouge chef was brought in to prepare the Indian cuisine and the romantic red and gold ballroom featured a towering orchid centerpiece with elegance to match. The happy couple posed for posterity and pictures in the lobby, and it’s our understanding that while a secret elopement began the marriage, according to Mr. Shah, the secret to making it last can be summarized in two simple words: “Yes ma’am.”

For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

“An Event to Remember” turned out to be exactly that as Ted Viator celebrated the big 6-0 at the Doubletree by Hilton with family and friends, but all for a good cause. Viator invited half the parish, all of Apollo, and most of Mardi Gras to party on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association, and from the looks of things they all showed up. Guests were encouraged to costume and play games like any good birthday party — we wished we’d had time to get the custom caricature, but there was a line — and already rowdy were Billy Evans, Jimmy Pool, worker bees Tim Lege and Phillip LeBlanc, Elizabeth Abdalla, Barbara Black, Denise Castille and Darrellyn Burts & Co.