B I just got Nylon in the mail and couldn't wait for the weekend to open it up and immerse myself in a world of hipster-centric style, art and music. It makes me happy to live in Seattle. Anyway my favorite article this month was Hide & Seek by Luke Crisell.
Apparently this spring marked a new era in fashion influenced by - of all things- Downton Abbey- I would like to make note of the fact that you told me about that show before everyone fell in love with it, well done. The decade between 1910 and 1920 - which is the time of Downton- was the most overlooked sartorial ( meaning pertaining to clothing or style or manner of dress- I had to look it up) period of the 20th century. Quickly peruse Ralph Lauren's Fall 2012 collection, you'll get the idea. The great designer himself says,
"I have always loved the heritage and romance of England. My collection for Fall 2012 is about a modern glamour inspired by the timeless character and refined elegance of an authentic way of living."
I loved the final paragraph and may just type it out... why summarize when it's all right there:
The media's portrayal of women over the past few decades has become increasingly sexualized... We don't necessarily think it's problematic for women to be portrayed as 'sexy'. But we do think it is problematic when nearly all images of women depict them not simply as 'sexy women,' but as passive objects for someone else's sexual pleasure... and now fashion is reacting, beautifully, against the objectification. How lovely it is to have a little mystery back.
This is from the Fall Collection 2012, again photo credit to this fantastic blog. But you see what they mean... really going back to the good old days. Crisell pointed out that modesty doesn't mean covering as much skin as possible nor does it imply plainness but can be utterly beguiling and even more alluring than too much. Hats off to you, Mr. Laruen.