My maternal grandmother, Nancy, is one of the most stylish people I know. Today she turns ninety years old and I couldn’t be more proud to show her off. I can only hope that I got the right genes to age as gracefully as she has. As a stylish woman who has seen nearly a century I was curious as to how things have changed, not just from a wide angle general lens like I usually cover but through the lens of a singular woman.
This year’s fashion week ended up being a larger source of confusion than of great fashion. With changes in technology, consumer behavior, and weather, the fashion industry is in a completely different landscape than it was when fashion week was first introduced.
This year at New York Fashion Week, I was struck by the whimsical neckties on the women of the Thom Browne show. It got me wondering about a few things: first, why aren’t ties as commonplace on women as they are on men? Second, where did they come from and why are ties pretty much a requirement for formal menswear? Lastly, ties don’t seem to serve much of a functional purpose so why does anyone wear ties in the first place?
Netted clothing has become especially popular on the runways of Marchesa, Cushnie et Ochs, Alexander Wang and more which got me wondering about the origins of this controversial accessory. The true origin of fishnet stockings or pantyhose is hard to pinpoint...
There is a new movement of online-only made-to-order clothing that uses new technologies to bring us back to the careful craftsmanship and nonstandard sizing of pre-industrialization. The tech industry is obsessed with ‘disrupting’ industries and in this case it’s bringing fashion back full circle to its roots as an industry. In this case, it’s not the tech industry’s interpretation of fashion but rather using tech to enable traditional fashion and dressmaking.
Fashion Month (fashion week in New York, London, Paris, then Milan) just ended and that means heavy use of one app in particular -- Instagram. It’s no secret that Instagram has taken the fashion world by storm: it is now the go-to app for documenting and advertising fashion with flattering filters, exclusive campaigns through “Insta-shoots”, and specially curated content for big fashion events.
The culotte is this season’s most polarizing trend. A culotte is a bifurcated skirt that usually ends above the ankles but you may know it as another item from your history classes - a tight trouser ending just below the knee that wealthy men wore prior to the French Revolution.
This past weekend I visited the High Style exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The Legion of Honor is a beautiful museum located in the Lands End park. Its entrance was already breathtaking...