I don’t have any particular problem browsing the fashion magazines, because there’s no way on earth I’d ever have to wear any of the deeply-weird haute couture items that end up in the features. Actual women, though, might take this stuff personally, as does Fausta:
I abhor women’s fashion magazines. Two hundred pages of anorexic teens showcasing $500 flip-flops are not worth perusing.
Hard to argue with that. And if the trend is toward styles that fail to flatter, so much the worse. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Big padded or droopy shoulders, baggy pleated pants that nip in above the cuffed ankle, disco-y sequined T-shirt dresses that blouse all over the shoulders and then squeeze in with a wide band at the hip. It all comes rushing back.
Possibly the loudest incarnation of ’80s styles in Paris this week was an orange snakeskin coat from Dior, designed by John Galliano. Huge and broad-shouldered, it could make a woman look like a football player. The flouncy yellow dress beneath just added to the shock value.
And, well, not everybody wants shock value. Fausta notes:
I still remember removing shoulder pads off my jackets back in the 1980s. As a tall woman with reasonably wide shoulders, the last thing I need are really wide shoulders paired with baggy pants (which would hide my one good feature my legs). I nearly gagged reading this particular bit of information.
There is, however, a glimmer of hope:
Ann Stordahl, executive vice president for women’s apparel at Neiman Marcus, must consider the druthers of women across the nation. She seemed unimpressed with the trend toward the 1980s. “I don’t know if we’re ready to go back there,” she said.
Are we? In my capacity as a curious onlooker, I can say that I’m not; but then again, no one’s asking me to buy any of this stuff.