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Thursday, 25 September 2008

To the floor, again



Looking at the SS09 shows, it's clear that the maxi dress continues for a third year. The maxi dresses which appeared on the runways the summer before last were too much like the maxi dresses of the 70s for me to feel comfortable wearing them a second time round, but this seasons they're evolving away from the frills and tiers. Here's Cavalli's take.

Interesting that as long makes a return in daywear it dies away in eveningwear

8 comments:

greying pixie said...

Well I'd like to know what sort of lives the wearers of these long day dresses lead. When I was in Rome this summer it was even too hot for calf length. I'm sure this is why the classic bourgeois knee length is so popular in continental Europe.

Coco Chanel said she wanted to design clothes so that women could run in the street. Can't see much of that going on in that Cavalli dress, unless the wearer tucks it in her knickers!

Arabella said...

Running in the street is a distant memory from my youth: away from police, toward fascists (unless outnumbered, then retreat like hell). I don't remember ever wearing a long dress in the late 70s/early 80s, but Dr Marten soles were good for getaways. I suspect Coco wouldn't have cared one way or another.

dana said...

I like that sort of doubled tummy poof. It would exactly match my stomach, stretched out on both sides with a seam down the middle, after I gave birth to the twins.

greying pixie said...

arabella, great comment. You had me laughing. But ironically Coco may well have cared, as she notoriously had an affair with a Nazi officer during the German occupation of Paris.

Arabella said...

GP - That's the part of Coco's history I was thinking of!)

greying pixie said...

arabella, now I get it! Actually, it's the thing that I don't like about her and endears me to Elsa Schiaparelli, who not only managed to live off her earnings without 'going horizontal' but also did her bit for the war effort by supporting the resistance.

Linda Grant said...

Madame Gres also refused to collaborate, refusing to hold shows if Germans attended.

Linda Grant said...

Though actually the real hero is Lucien Lelong who single-handedly saved the French industry by refusing to move it lock stock and barrel to Berlin.