Posts Tagged ‘if you want to call it a trend’


Friday, November 18th, 2011

Long time, no post.

Over at my regular blog I’m focus-monthing and November is cleaning shit out.  This includes old bookmarks.  I had a folder full of links for a post (now terribly out of date) regarding the “nude” nail and shoe trend and how shitty it was that “nude” meant “beige.”  So I found a bunch of great nail colours that would be skin-tones for various awesome ladies, bookmarked them about a million years ago and forgot about it as I got to busy to fashion-blog.  But! Since I want to clear out my bookmarks, you get an out-dated post. Woo! But I like the idea still.  Let’s just jump in.

Grace Jones. Revlon’s uncomfortably named “Hot for Chocolate” and the J. Renee Delisa in T. Moro.

Milla Jovovich.  Zoya’s “Tasha” and the Enzo Angiolini Studded in Light Pink Leather.

Rosario Dawson. Essie’s “Very Structured” and the LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Zabrina in Polo Tan Kidskin.

Christina Ricci. Sally Hansen’s “Sheer Me Now” and the Baby Phat Chance in Taupe Patent.

There. Those bookmarks have been put to use.

Maybe soon I’ll get back into this.

Then/Now: Sheer Pants

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Left: Marc Jacobs S2008RTW, via  September 10, 2007.  Prada S2008RTW, via  September 25, 2007.

Right: Alexander Wang S2010RTW, via September 12, 2009. Valentino S2010RTW, via October 6, 2009.

Now, for Then/Now posts I normally just like to let you make your own observation/inferences, without me being like, LOOKIT.  But this isn’t so much a case of “everything old is new again” as “hey, ‘sheer pants runway‘ is actually a great search term and maybe let’s examine how it did two or three years ago before postulating the lifespan and plausibility of this ‘trend’.”

The see-through separate–spotted at Prada, Costume National, among others–works with spring’s pajama-party look as well as the ‘80s trend, but the jury’s still out if these will work for normal women (will something that emphasizes rather than streamline the leg really flatter everyone?) or if they’ll just be a fantastic accoutrement for magazine shoots and adventurous red-carpet types.
Glam Chic.  October 4, 2007.

But when it comes to pants, we have a feeling that the only ones that should be wearing them see-through style are belly dancers and fire eaters. But Alexander Wang and Valentino both showed barely there pants this year, and a quick scan of our favorite e-commerce shops show that they’re is being stocked in stores. Should we be equal-opportunists when it comes to all things sheer?
Refinery 29. June 1, 2010.

Then/Now: Socks & Heels

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Left: Teenage girl wearing ankle socks and high heeled shoes.  Nina Leen, December 1944. Via Life’s archives on Google.

Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 Ready to Wear.  Via

(though it’s being treated as a new trend, socks and heels have been noted on catwalks since the Spring/Summer 2008 show, at least)


Friday, May 28th, 2010

Seems every time you turn around, the disciples of design are moving hemlines.  Well, now you can have your maxi and wear it too—but don’t put those minis in mothballs.  This season, anything goes.

New York Magazine. February 24, 1992.

Popular as they are with the nose-ring and chunky-boot set, maxi-skirts have only lately surfaced in the influential fashion glossies. . . . Will the street-length skirt endure? Even its most ardent proponents will tell you, that depends. “People are waiting to see trendsetters like Kate Moss wearing it,” Ms. Borissova of Curve suggested. “Then they’ll take a chance.”

She maintained, nonetheless, that by fall, a long, lean silhouette could be driving sales. “Five years from now,” she insisted in a whoosh of enthusiasm, “we’ll all be wearing maxis.”

Ruth La Ferla, New York Times. May 27, 2010.

Last summer’s revolution in skirt lengths—so mini they stopped just short of perdition—has provoked a counterrevolution.

Life. November 7, 1969.

More tellingly, perhaps, they represent a seductive — make that subversive — alternative to the jeans, leggings and showily girly micro-minis that pop up like ragweed with the first mild breeze. They are “fashion’s backlash to the short skirt,” Ms. Yakus suggested.

Ruth La Ferla, New York Times. May 27, 2010.

Gradually by degrees the skirt lengths on dresses gave the illusion of being first long and then shorter with dipping, scalloped and handkerchief hemlines in floating fabrics. It was only in 1925 that skirts rose 14 to 16 inches (45 to 50 cm) from the ground making the shorter hemline we associate with the era. . . .
By 1929 uneven hems and asymmetric skirt hemlines again helped the transition to longer skirts. Longer sheer overskirts and semi sheer top skirts were worn over shorter linings. By 1930 the hemline was several inches below the knee.”

Less common but perhaps appealing to women still on the fence about the full-on maxi are versions like one by Yohji Yamamoto for Y-3, hiked to the knee in front and pooling in a train at the rear. Mr. Yamamoto, it should be noted, is one of the Japanese provocateurs who introduced more voluminous versions of the look more than two decades ago.”

Ruth La Ferla, New York Times. May 27, 2010.

I keep referring to this retro-retro thing as a “feedback loop.”  I’d like to think it was less self-involved and transient and actually more of a reinforcement with some sort of learned end.

In general, the feeling is for peaceful coexistence for all lengths and for letting women wear whatever they please, all of which should sooth the frayed nerves of shoppers, merchants and husbands alike.

Life. February 16, 1968.

Then/Now: Microshorts

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Left: Female short pants.  Allen Grant, probably ’50s, ’60s. Via Life’s archives on Google.

Right: Lindsey Schickner, for the Stylelist.  Jolie Novak for AOL, 2010.  Via the Stylelist, ‘Testing the Pantsless Trend in New York City‘.

(According to Life magazine, short shorts became “permanent in U.S. scene” in 1956).