Tag Archives: fashion

Monsieur

All respect to Pierre Cardin’s memory and legacy. I’m no fan of censuring yesterday’s culture for not living up to today’s expectations. But in matters such as gender parity it doesn’t seem unfair to observe dispassionately how an artifact may … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cardin Made His Bed and Lay in It

“I wash with my own soap… I wear my own perfume, go to bed with my own sheets, have my own food products. I live on me.” The proudest garment in my closet was once a blazer with the Pierre … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Quotations | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Ironic Fashion Shoot

For me, what elevates irony over sarcasm is a dose of humor. I like to imagine each member of this crew, sporting the same scruffy costume, doing the swivel-hip runway strut, flaunting a thousand-yard stare behind their John Lennon shades … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Attire Power

The pussy-bow blouse: the quintessential working woman’s uniform in the years when they began to flood into the professional sphere; the female version of the tie; the power accessory of Margaret Thatcher, the first female British prime minister. (Vanessa Friedman, … Continue reading

Posted in Quotations | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

‘Kind of Enough’

If most of what [Evan] Kinori makes costs a lot (shirts start at $285; pants at $365; and jackets at $525), it is in part because they are produced in such limited quantities… “My design ethos is basically geared toward … Continue reading

Posted in Quotations | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Treading Fashion Pastures

It might be nice if schools of fashion were insulated from the culture so as to indulge in questionable tomfoolery on the runway with impunity, but it isn’t so. Every so often a mess is stepped in. Someone in charge … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

World War Gucci

[Subheading] Whether designers acknowledge it or not, World War II still shapes their collections. Even at Gucci.(Guy Trebay, “At Milan Men’s Week, the War Lives On,” NYTimes, 1-15-20) I can’t resist marveling at the look of this Gucci lineup and … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Hoodie Apocalypse

Tyler, the Creator, 28, started the Camp Flog Gnaw Festival eight years ago in the parking lot of LA’s Nokia Theater. Music is performed, but I found the fashion statements “culturally interesting.” Overall, Camp Flog Gnaw found a way to … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Female Underwear for Men

[Victoria’s Secret’s] guiding light… was a fictional woman named Victoria who had been raised in England by a successful London businessman and a French mother. She was well educated and married to a barrister. Company decisions were often made by … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Fashion Landscape

Down to the details — jeweled buttons, transparent blouses and velvet trims among them — these fashions subvert gender lines. (“Fall Fashion: The New Androgyny,” NYTimes, 8-5-19) (c) 2019 JMN

Posted in Commentary | Tagged | 2 Comments