Thursday, January 24, 2008

Structural Beauty

I LOVE women's clothes with structure, high waisted pencil skirts and sheath dresses, suit jackets with interesting necklines. Lucky for me this kind of style has come back in full force the past few seasons, so my one woman battle against the trapeze dress and shapeless sack can ease for now.

In D.C last week I went to the Edward Hopper exhibit at the National Gallery, and I have to say, while I am familiar with Hopper's paintings - everyone who has ever been to the Art Institute of Chicago know "Nighthawks" - I had never noticed the clothes in his paintings before.

This is "Chop Suey," the cloche, the style of hat they are wearing was popular again this past season - Marc Jacobs included them in his collection, among other designers.
This one, "Room in New York" features great clothes for both the man and woman. Many of his paintings have fantastic examples of this '30's and 40's style.

The AMC show "Mad Men" (which just won a couple golden globes, yay!) which is set in 1960 has women in gorgeous examples of this look, the head secretary always wears the sexy form-fitting pencil skirt and sweater combo - you can check them out on the show's website.

Lucky for me these styles from the 30's, 40's and 60's are back in, this week's Paris fashion shows included Elie Saab (made famous by Halle Berry when she accepted her Oscar in one of his gowns) The colors and fabric choices are modern but the shapes clearly influenced by times past. Here are some of my favorites:

These outfits are actually quite wearable and would translate well into the real world -

These gowns are dreamy:

and this:

Check out the rest on WWD.

To translate these looks for your life, check out high waisted pencil skirts like this one for spring:

Banana Republic has their own version of a dress that references these past periods:

You can find it here.

The defined waist is back and hopefully here to stay, Yippee!

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