Seraphic Secret likes to check out the latest fashions, scouting for beautiful but modest clothing. We don’t believe that women have to reveal acres of flesh in order to appear and feel attractive. In fact, the opposite. The more chaste the surface, the more mystery and depth.
This season, it’s kind of obvious that designers have been marinating in Hollywood movies. Everywhere we see ladylike silhouettes that bring to mind the irreverant slink of Jean Harlow, the confident stride of Carole Lombard, and the animal heat of Marlene Dietrich. Also making spectral appearances are Hitchcock’s tailored blondes: Tippi Hedrin, Kim Novak and Eva Marie Saint.
We’re delighted to report that scores of design houses are featuring elbow length leather gloves, a sure sign that those who make fashion are determined to revive the classic look of the proper and elegant lady who sweeps into a room—think Loretta Young—then tugs off her gloves a finger at a time before sitting down to tea.
As always we refuse to feature pants suits. They are never feminine, rarely flattering, and fall into that black hole of fashion inhabited by sad sights such as Hillary Clinton.
Here are a few looks that made us sit up say “Mazal Tov.”
- I was a very good daddy to my two girls. Proof? I sat through the entire Spice Girls movie, “Spice World,” 1997. Perhaps the worst movie evuh. But all is forgiven because Victoria Beckham’s collection is an ode to classic feminine beauty—in uniform. I strongly urge the IDF to hire Ms. Beckham to spruce up the really terrible uniforms the ladies of the IDF are forced to suffer. I guarantee, morale will, ahem, shoot sky-high.
- Ever since Sarah Burton’s wedding dress for Kate Middleton made the world gasp, fashionistas have been waiting to see what Burton would do next. Not to worry. Ms. Burton might be the greatest designer working today. Her McQ collection for Alexander McQueen is just jaw dropping in its technical complexity with laser cut fabrics that move like clouds of glory. The McQ line conjures film noir dames—think Barbara Stanwyck in “Double Indemnity”—in nipped waists seducing doomed chumps. Absolute magic.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and fashionable Shabbat.