Aug 21st 2009 2:15PM Fame does not a fashion sense make.
Without Patricia Field, SJP's clothes bite ...er ... are Bitten (*although, I freely admit to adoring her as an actress).
However, if the spectacle of celebrity can help pave the way for those designers who truly have earned their silver thimble thumbs, so be it.
Designers partnering with celebs to get their names out? Fine.
But what concerns me are those celebs walking around with a false sense of their own abilities--as though by attention-getting, they are automatically a fashion expert.
How does that happen in fame-pickled brain?
Just because you're hot does not mean you're haute.
Those people make for a fun red carpet though. Maybe I should keep my mouth shut for sheer entertainment purposes. After all, they ARE entertainers.
Aug 7th 2009 8:53AM The first time this look came around, I found myself salivating all over the magazine spreads. For me is was a purely aesthetic response. They lines were all so gorgeous and I was ready for just this approach.
While the message of women rallying in these tough times gets me in my core, I'm not so sure I feel like donning "somber tweeds" to show my perseverance.
Of course it's hot here in Atlanta. At the moment, the thought of tweed anything makes me chafe.
I get it though and I'll keep an open mind come fall. And, of course, Scarlett O'Hara had much the same attitude: Appear like you want to be (although my personal favorite was Carol Burnett wearing her curtain-rod headdress in "Went with the Wind").
Do we all have to wear shoulder pads though?
Jul 28th 2009 5:41PM Okay, first of all, killer title.
Secondly, I'm always a little overwhelmed by how harshly people react to what is, essentially, just clothes.
No, don't kill me. I know this is THE Fashion Statement, but it fascinates me how clothes can trigger such strong emotion, whether it be instant dislike, giddy euphoria or plain revulsion.
The power of clothes is their symbolism and you've clearly indicated that through the simple stripe. Great writing.
I do wonder, however, what might push the fashion envelope next? I think it might be interesting to see a combination of two discordant ideologies: Perhaps cowboy gear covered in Arabic lettering?
Jul 12th 2009 5:01PM Very interesting and very well said.
It seems to me all is as it should be. In this economically challenging time, the uber-haute lines just seem plain irresponsible and out of touch what with the struggles hitting home for most of us. Who cares about designer pants or shoes when you're sweating over the price of a dental checkup?
I wonder, however, what will happen when the economy is on the rise. Will we, as consumers, have a little more tolerance for the "gilded belts"? At what point will we once again give in to our cravings for opulence? Shoppers' attitudes reflect the times reflect retailers' bottom lines. It's a vicious cycle.