Sunday, November 27, 2005

Friday, September 16, 2005


Bare shoulders. It took me until a week or two ago to notice that the defining note of current bridal and formal isn't the absence of glop but the absence of sleeves. Strapless or sleeveless is how most posh frocks look at the moment. Why? I have no idea, except to parody the evolutionary psychologists and suggest that lithe limbs are the last measure of fitness that can't be enhanced, and in the nature of the case, legs have to be covered, so ... it's another twist in the arms race.

A flick through a recent British Brides suggests, though, that the tectonic plates may be shifting. The fashion pages look very different from the cookie-cutter corset-top ads. Lots of seventies boho chic, in white, as well as more distant influences. The cover model is wearing a high-necked, long-sleeved lace jacket. Tellingly, one of the mag's own editorial staff married in a very forties-looking number, fitted at the bodice yes, but with no boning and lots of flow, a narrow-frilled hem, and gigot sleeves. Her bridesmaids wear pale pink frocks - straight skirts, wrapover bodices, little cap sleeves - that have a charity shop in their very near future.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Alice in Vogue

Vogue story: Alice in Wonderland

Slideshow: Photos by Annie Leibovitz illustrate various scenes from Alice in Wonderland if she was dressed up in a lot of fussy designer stuff.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Stocks and skirts

Apropos of Avedon's post below. If hemlines rise or fall with stock prices, now might be a good time to sell. Stocks are high. Hemlines are low. In Edinburgh last night I was at the Book Festival launch party and waiting for a bus afterwards, at a busy corner. In the whole evening I saw two miniskirts, an endless swirl of mid-calf, several ankle-length numbers, and the first maxi I've seen since the early 70s. A maxi isn't just a long skirt: it's like a short or medium skirt with the downward lines extended. It uses darts rather than gathers, often because it's made of heavy material. Its pattern is usually big and simple. This one had six-inch squares made by criss-crossing diagonal lines. To me it shouts of slump.

But most styles recall the hot summers of 76 and 77. White frills, tiers, lace and eyelet are seen far more often on the street than in bridal shop windows. It'll be curious to see if there's a later wave of this flutter and clutter in bridal. For now, good taste prevails: corset tops and satin sweeps.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

More weird ladies' wear

I don't know how to describe this outfit, so just go here and scroll down.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Dior death debutante

Boing Boing links to an unusual Dior item, but it's not necessarily the weirdest item in the collection. When you've gone through the steps to see the details for that dress, click on the slideshow and see what else is there. Ranges from nearly-wearable to deeply unattractive.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Pink Satin Toolbelt

New frontiers in lingerie.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Obviously costumers in the making.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Monday, February 21, 2005

Fashion Curse: Go Fug Yourself provides the fashion, and Wage Slave Journal provides the curse.