Posts for February 19th 2008
It's been said that this season's Missoni collection was inspired by 'The Women', a 1939 film about New York socialites. The film, a boyfriend's Bryant Park nightmare, is cast entirely of women who manipulate and gossip within fancy New York apartments. As for the film's wardrobe, the outfits are sophisticated and conservative, what one should expect from the relative time period and economic vantage point. They are indeed striking but the film so clearly has a greater message to send. Namely, one that articulates the intricacies of social and economic power from a domestic perspective. What's interesting is how Style.com's Sarah Mower, without reference to the inspiration, attributes Missoni's 'grown up note' to a cognizance that the consistent luxury consumer (one who, perhaps, doesn't even have Levi's in her closet) is least likely to be effected by a recession. The question is, which came first? A cinematic inspiration that happens to call for a more conservative, high-end aesthetic, or the straight-up strategy to appeal to the consumer most stable in a time of economic hardship?
This past fashion week we attended the Fall 08 Wayne presentation. The inspiration for the collection was aviation and though no specific mention was made to Amelia Earhart, she popped into our minds as a likely source of inspiration. This photo, taken in 1928, shows Earhart's slick, tomboyish style which, eighty years later, could blow any modern fashionista right out of the water. Earheart was a rebel who broke records, smiled coyly, and wore low-slung silk blouses. We'll spare you the look of the day from the corner of Mott Street (though an admirable outfit can always be found) in favor of someone whose style went beyond trousers and blouses.