Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Built By Armani

The '30s are here again. Maybe it's the economic mood, maybe the very real limitations of materials and skilled labor that are reoccurring, maybe simple nostalgia for a time of hardship and perseverance are all pushing the decade up through the many layers of our cultural conscience and bringing it flush to the surface. Whatever it is, I have to say I'm excited to see it. The focus on draping, on tailoring, on minimalism and structure, rather than flounce and too much indulgence, are refreshing. Pare down and suit up. That seems to be the M.O. and is clearly the message of Armani Prive's couture collection.

Strong angles, shapely shoulders, fitted silhouettes, structure; it all leads to a sense of solid stability, of strength and forward motion. The odd tassel, the Eastern prints, the cuffs-as-weaponry action; they all make for an economically decorated new power uniform for the monied set. I'm loving the black bobs.

Flattering, simple, DIY even. Put a bowl on your head and cut around it. That's a cost-cutting hair style right there.

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