I Can Only Afford Minis!


Its been a while, shouldn’t have left you (left you) without a dope beat to step to.  Tangent but great song!  I loved Aaliyah!  Anyway, it has been a while, and I’m so sorry for my lack of updates.  Funny thing is I keep jotting down mental notes to myself of things I absolutely MUST write about.  I have just been swamped at work, dealing with look books and fat armed models that when I get home all I want to do is watch Criminal Minds and go to bed.  I have a lot to say about the Paris shows but first, I came across this interesting article on NYmag.com. 

The article discusses hemlines as a clear reflection of our economic position.  This Hemline Index Theory was created by George Taylor in my favorite decade, the 1920s!  It basically states, “there’s a correlation between the length of women’s hemlines and our economic health. In good times, skirts rise. In bad, they fall.”  However, believers in this theory are absolutely befuddled right now because more gams have been display on the runway this season than our wallets would indicate.  I do believe that fashion is an art and does in fact reflect our times, but I’m not sure if hemlines are in direct correlation with this and the past thus far may be just a coincidence.  Sure, the Wall Street tycoons of the late 80s and early 90s liked their ladies in body-hugging Hérvé Leger minis when they were blowing lines to Robert Palmer and thousands of flapper girls hastened to find their hosiery and cover their knees after the crash her round the world of 1929 but our recession is so different from those in the past that modesty is no longer the simple solution.  Look at Heidi Klum, toned legs and minis seem to be the modern woman’s calling card.  We are losing our jobs but not our confidence.  Page Six ran an article on recessionistas, young people that didn’t have that much money invested and so are no, living much better than they ever were with things like travel and luxury good products plummeting.  The recession is having a much different effect on us.  Instead of weeping in a corner, those of us with nothing to loose want to take advantage and maybe designers are targeting us.  The colours aren’t bold, there is a much more somber palette, but we aren’t hiding our fabulosity.  While shopping in mid-September I saw a flapper dress by Kate Moss for TopShop.  My size was unavailable but I instantly felt connected to the flapper dress.  Some may not know this about me but I am a huge fan of the Jazz Age.  My favorite author is F. Scott Fitzgerald, I’ve even been feature in Teen Vogue for my flapper dress and I think champagne is a necessary life fluid.  I remember saying to my friend, I need that flapper dress.  He responded that he was “trying to save because you never know if you are going to get laid off.”  To which I replied, “this is kind of like the 1920s crash.  And I’d rather go down doing the Charleston in my flapper dress.”

Shannon as Daisy Buchannan

Shannon as Daisy Buchannan

March 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Fashion.

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