Karishma Krishna Translated by Vivian Ko Morano
is a season of true classical feminity with a definite
masculine touch! Over the last few years, fashion
has taken a simpler, cleaner, more classical approach,
following on the heels of New York and Milan. Fashion
has become more conservative and definitely individualized,
so that it is almost impossible to be "out of
Over the past four years--for the first time in about
50 years--we see this very strong return of the feminine
lady. It feels as if she is now finally ready, not
only be that successful career lady of the '80s but
also a lady. And this lady wants it all.
The strong feeling of sheer femininity can be felt
as the stiff architectural silhouettes of the early
'90s are now replaced with soft, flowy, sensual lines
that truly celebrate the curves of the womanly form.
It is therefore not surprising to see that this classically-feminine
yet masculine season's most distinguished fashion
muses range from the elegant sensual likes of Jackie-O
and Audrey Hepburn to the sexy '50s chic secretary
look: high heels and sexy knee-length skirts, frilly
ladylike blouses, sexy satins, fitted jackets and
skirt suits, loads of soft furs. There is also the
more flamboyant and first-ever English juvenile delinquents--the
"teddy boys"--known for their bright tartans,
exaggerated collars and sleeves, frills on hemlines,
bright vivid longer-length coats and crazy furs.
We also see a total resurgence of the "Old English"
horseriding gear that gives a complete picture of
this season's "Return to the Classical"
trend. This look was shown with models in riding jodhpurs
and knee-length riding boots, teamed with the fitted
blazer-style jackets and the ever-so-masculine cravat
around the neck.
The Classical Returns
This is a look of total luxury, leaning strongly towards
elegant styling. The result is lots of knee-length
skirts in traditional fabrics, feminine dresses in
soft chiffons. There are also more heavy tweeds and
wools, draped blouses, capes, plenty of wraps in all
shapes and forms, the super-sexy fitted jackets and
skirt suits and, lastly, the fitted pedal pusher pants
worn with the long trench coat.
Well ladies, I hope that this is enough to get you
shopping until next month's installment of "What's
in Vogue", when we talk about the other side
of this trend--The Masculine!