Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Friday, 30 January 2009

The endless moment

I sometimes think that fashion only has two moments, endlessly copied: court of Marie Antoinette and Thirties film star:

Here are both in Lacroix's couture show this week.


Anastasia said...

So true. Yet occasionally, they also have an ethnic moment, usually something Chinese or African inspired.
I feel really old, sometimes, looking at fashion shows in the knowledge that I've seen most things already.
At least.

mq, cb said...

But that's fashion, no? Better to go for style and on that very clumsy segue, I give you M. Saint Laurent as remembered by Pierre Bergé.

greying pixie said...

Until recently I've always considered Christian Lacroix to be one of the best dressed men in the world and frequently used him as reference when choosing presents, etc. for my husband. If only he'd gone into menswear ...

But on the subject of his couture, I will always have a soft spot for him mainly due to his early work in the 80s and early 90s when he really did create such beautiful couture. His inspiration came from quite unexpected sources, such as the traditional dress of the South of France, or London street style.

And I love the way his wife remains such a muse for him. But I'm not surprised - she is really chic.

I think it's rather easy to get nostalgic for YSL, and of course he was a genius, but he too produced a fair amount of monsterous stuff in his time - look on ebay!

mq, cb said...

Have you been watching "The Look" on BBC4? It's a documentary series on the fashion industry from the early 90's.

There was a great interview with Lacroix showing how he'd used some amazing fabric, woven in the South of France as part of a government programme to re-train former addicts and prisoners, for a haute couture jacket. They followed the fabric from the weaving shed, through to the catwalk and showed it being fitted on, and worn by, Nan Kempner and Anna Wintour. Fabulous. As interesting for the retrospective of early 90's fashion as for the insight into the design of a haute couture piece.

BBC4 is the best. It's worth the licence fee all by itself.