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A More Polished Look

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010

After I saw the Louis Vuitton and Prada fall collections, I knew it was just a matter of time before Vogue US ("When did chic get so cool?" by Mark Holgate - Vogue US July 2010) covered this new emerging style : retro, polished, all dressed up and extremely feminine.  Jeans are discarded in favor of full knee-length skirts and polished hairdos take the place of messy buns.

Just a couple of years ago women were expected to be polished and dressed up -- and not just for going out on a Saturday night, but for everyday life as well.  I love the quote from Mark Holgate that "girls who once dressed for their inner rocker don't want to hum that tune anymore."  According to him, the tipping point "was Balmain's  ripped and shredded tee at a staggering $1624" that made people lose interest in the rocker style. After reading this,  I couldn't help but think about the 1992 controversial Marc Jacobs grunge collection in which he charged between $500 to $1400 for flannel shirts, second hand store looking dresses and slouchy sweaters.  The writer even says Balmain himself moved on with his fall collection "full of niftily tailored pin-striped blazers and boot-cut pants".  He even adds that "it's a razor-sharp chic, only this time around, the razor hasn't been let loose on the clothes" I think that says it all !

Personnally I am very happy with this new emerging trend because I look my best in feminine, polished clothes.  I tried when I was younger to go for a more casual style but it was just not for me.  That doesn't mean I have given up - I still try sometimes but my attempts get fewer and fewer.  I hope this trend  makes me want to embrace my inner lady for good.

When I was younger, I used to watch old Hollywood movies thinking about how women back then really dressed like women.  Okay maybe it was a little too gender stereotyped but it was sooo beautiful and elegant.  People don't take the time to dress up anymore.  I will leave you with a quote of one of my favorite style icons Daphne Guinness : "I think you do have a more fun life if you wear beautiful clothes. There is a certain joy in it; dressing well is an art and it shows respect to be neatly turned out." 

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