Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jackie O, We Loved Her So...

It's no secret that I despise the fashion trends of skin tight clothes, low-rise jeans, and the current penchant for slatternly clothing. I'm tired of women looking like disposable commodity units of sex.
Today the New York Times is report that fashion is taking a "conservative" turn this season, bringing back beige, classic lines, and, oh, " 'suit' is not going to be a dirty word."

From the article, entitled "The Newly Uptight," the latest offerings from Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors are drawing comparisons to Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly, those icons of mid-20th century style. But does a return to what I deem good fashion sense really equal being "uptight?" The entire piece is framed around the Baby Boom generation, from whence the term was born:

The past — in fashion and elsewhere — seems to call strongly to the present, as the country grows nervous about a possible recession and a diminished role on the world stage, even as Americans seek optimism through their presidential candidates.

“We have certainly reached the time where people want to feel good again, to go back to Camelot and pre-Camelot days,” said Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst with the NPD Group, a market research firm. “Boomers especially are harkening back to a day before there were issues,” among them global warming and teenagers overdosing on prescription drugs.

I find it extremely odd that we are looking to fashion to distract us from global warming and pretend the kids are all right. And the line about "harkening back to a day before there were issues" is ridiculous, especially since the Boomers were all about political activism, both as liberals and conservatives.

Certainly the Bush Administration has done its damnedest to return our economy to the 1950s, as well as our social policies, so I'm sure George W. will be thrilled with the upcoming return to the age of architectural foundation garments and the rediscovery of the female waist.

But really, maybe the fashion industry has tired of Britney Spears parading around without panties, wearing shirts as dresses, and they're hoping that a move in the direction of full coverage will keep her from continuing her trend of indecent exposure. I'd say that's a cause worth supporting.

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