Friends, what can you get for $6 these days? An iced latte and a muffin at Starbucks? A tube of CVS-brand sunscreen, SPF 25?
This morning I spent that much for the big, fat September Vogue (916 pages, mainly ads), and the first time I have ever purchased a contemporary women's fashion magazine in my life. I rarely participate in big cultural moments -- parades, Super Bowls, Olympics, Oscars etc. -- but it does feel nice to do what everyone else is doing once in a while. Well, maybe not everyone.
I wanted to share a few first impressions today, since many of you may not see this issue till it ends up tossed in your neighborhood dumpster or used as fish wrapping. (I'll try to add designers' names later today; I'm pressed for time now.)
Opulent high fashion is what Vogue is all about, and a lot of today's fashion trends are in this luxury vein anyway: over-the-top embellishment, exotic fur, exquisite lace, and supple leathers are everywhere. Apparently big floppy hats (An Edwardian touch? Help me out here) and oversized glasses resembling those old automobile goggles from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are back. Leopard is still hot, along with Wookie fur, towering Joan Crawford shoes, and oversized status bags.
Irene Sharaff's period costumes from Funny Girl come to mind.
If faux were used, I could be on board with this fur thing. I've seen some fabulous stuff on 39th St at It's a Material World (upstairs).
Did I mention lace? This is actually a trend -- if a trend it is -- I like. This black lace gown (Ferragamo) on Kate Moss looks like something Helen Rose would have designed over at MGM in the late Forties/early Fifties.
Interesting color combinations and geometric patterns at Prada.
That last pantsuit reminds me of those mod William Travilla outfits Judy Garland stole off the Valley of the Dolls set and then wore in her concerts.
My favorite piece is actually from the Chanel ad campaign we giggled about the other day. I think this simple black robe is lovely and I've started to like the choppy hair too. The Big Bird coat -- seen here from the back -- not so much; it looks like a combination of turkey feathers and potato chips.
Hey look -- a smile from Mila Kunis over at Dior: a happy person!
Finally, will neon hair really catch on? You can recreate this look with a $15 wig from Ricky's and not worry about losing your job.
Readers, I must say I think my $6 were well spent, don't you? If nothing else, this Vogue will serve as bathroom reading for weeks and who knows how long as a door stop?
Any new trends you've seen here -- or elsewhere -- you're excited about? Do you think faux fur is OK, since it never had a life as an animal, or is it just as bad as the real thing, not to mention it's made from precious fossil fuels?
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