Monday, October 11, 2010

Long and Lean Makes the Scene



After purchasing the latest fashion bible – Vogue (of course) – at the local Chemainus Rexall, I noticed a change in trend advertised throughout its various articles. Near the end of the magazine, after an entrancing photo spread and article on Carey Mulligan, a piece titled ‘The Society Slouch’ uncovers a new trend for its readers and for the fashion industry. Underneath the title, you find a teaser for the article: ‘Campari at the colony club or Manhattans at the Metropolitan? Longer, leaner, luxer – elegantly louche – is the new cocktail-hour look’.
Intrigued by these words, a model expertly portrays the perfect 1920’s style, stirring instant interest in the reader and begging you to turn the page, catapulting you back to impeccable style. As you read through the article accompanied by its stunning clothes and models, Sarah Mower is a perfect teacher to those of us uneducated in the style movement that is sweeping the nation. Described as a ‘fashion meteor strike,’ long and lean broke onto the fashion scene at the beginning of the summer, replacing the super-short with anything graceful and rangy. With skirt hemlines lengthening, collections such as Marc Jacobs, Celine, Calvin Klein and Dries Van Noten began to show calf-length skirts as a replacement for thigh-length minis. This look acquired a permanent slot in the style lineup during the English summer when young women began choosing maxi-dresses over short skirts and shorts – a comfort sported for the past 3 years. This instantly became known as the new look for young women, pushing the risqué image to be left with the older women – unbeknownst to the revolution. Long and lean, before today, needed another push to convince society that this new look would not be described as ‘dated’ or ‘frumpy’, but rather empowering, sleek, stylish and timeless. Miuccia Prada decided to contribute to the change by featuring mid-calf print dresses in both her Prada and Miu Miu resort collections, creating a domino effect within our spotlight designers. Now, with little evidence of resistance to the downward growth of hemlines, trousers and mid-calf skirts have become normal within the fashion industry. It seems apparent that short (once considered sexy) has been replaced with long and lean – the fabulous new trend for fall that your mother will surely approve of.


Vogue – October 2010; ‘The Society Slouch’ by Sarah Mower.

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