Bad girl Joan Crawford taunts Norma Shearer, The Women, 1939.
Seraphic Secret likes to follow trends in fashion. Our mission is to bypass the slutwear that parades as cutting edge design and focus instead on beautifully tailored outfits that are both flattering, ladylike, and modest.
As always, we do not highlight pant suits; they are a crime of fashion.
Speaking of crimes of fashion:
Vogue magazine keeps telling its readers that Michelle Obama is one of the best dressed women in America. Seraphic Secret begs to differ. Wearing a belt right beneath your armpits is hardly a desirable look.
We are happy to report that the most interesting trends are a return to a demure, feminine silhouette. Overpowering volume and outsized patterns are, for the most part, absent; a good thing if you’re over 20 years-old and weigh more than a stalk of wheat. Instead, most designers focused on refined simple lines that can be worn by actual female human beings.
The best outfits are a welcome flashback to the Hollywood glamour of Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Talylor, Audrey Hepburn, Kim Novak, Tippi Hedrin and Eva Marie Saint.
Donna Karan's crisp collection is a study in easy elegance.
Barbara Tfank's line is an homage to Elizabeth Taylor. Even the models were styled to look like the late, great star.
Jason Wu makes clever use of a nearly weightless nylon that moves like chiffon. A great little dress that can be accessorized for most every occassion. Extra points for the pockets.
Burberry Prorsum presents a fierce military vibe that's softened by a masterful combination of unexpected textures and patterns.
This flirty but sophisticated look from Giles says: “Let's mix a few dry martinis, turn on the flatscreen and watch Vertigo.”
Nobody does the sporty but luxurious look better than Carolina Herrera. The vivid green pattern celebrates spring. This is perfect for ladies who shop and do lunch.
Alberta Ferretti conjures a liquid chiffon dress that's neatly wrapped with a flattering drop waist.
Fendi's line is cheerfully girlish. Here's a charming silhouette, the love child of a Shaker apron and a Japanese kimono—with a touch of Hello Kitty.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives an inspirational and fashionable Shabbat.