Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are ladylike and modest for Some Like it Hot. Samuel Goldwyn Studios, 1958.
Hundreds of designers sent their latest looks down the runways of Milan, London and Paris for the Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collections. These are the outfits that buyers are ordering for retail. We noticed lots of beautifully tailored outfits that are ladylike, demure, and quite fetching. In addition, we were relieved to see that a good number of designers are addressing the needs of grown-up women instead of soft-focus nymphettes.
As Seraphic Secret frequently points out, what you choose to wear in public identifies the community to which you belong and how you view yourself as an individual within that community.
In her classic work about fashion, Adorned in Dreams, Elizabeth Wilson suggests a psychoanalytic model for fashion:
…we may view the fashionable dress of the western world as one means whereby an always fragmentary self is glued together into the semblance of a unified identity.
From a religious perspective, clothes are not just a Freudian paradigm, but a narrative outlining the content of the soul.
Worried about the, no doubt, scary price tags? Relax. High-priced, high fashion items quickly trickle down to affordable street level. The outfits that supermodel Karolina Kurkova struts down the catwalk in Milan will, before you know it, show up in one form or another at H&M, Forever 21, Target and our favorite hunting ground, Loehmann’s.
As always, Seraphic Secret is on the lookout for fashions that are beautiful, wearable, and tzniut, modest. Here are our picks for Spring.
And here’s the season’s best killer heels:
Karen and I wish all out friends and relatives a lovely and fashionable Shabbat.