But why has the girl-meets-boy trend returned to almost every catwalk this year? Some might suggest that harsh economic climates encourage fashion-following females to seek enduring items of clothing that maintain impact. Perhaps designers are also anticipating a return of women to the still male-dominated workplace. And, as Coco or Rita would testify, tough social times call for stronger female figures, in the eyes of men. Of her target clientele at Paris Fashion Week, Stella McCartney proudly asserted: “The woman? We’re trying to let her know that she shouldn’t be afraid of what she wants. It’s very important for me . . . to give the woman the control back.”
|Stella McCartney, Pre-Fall 2010.|
Wearing pinstripes, trench coats, bow-ties and slicked-back hair (Cavalli/Lagerfeld), 2010’s Annie Hall is cheekier and more up-front, challenging the concept of ‘a man’s world’ and male/female fashion boundaries. In New York, Alexander Wang’s Wall Street banker-meets-Gothic-girl creations revealed cut-outs around the hips and jackets cropped under the cleavage. In Australia, Kate Sylvester celebrated ‘female-dandy’, with Regency neck-bows and fob chains. And in Milan, Dolce & Gabbana proved that body-skimming suits can be sexier than a leopard-print dress. The High Street must get in on the act.
|Alexander Wang, Fall 2010|
|Images: 1) Queens of Vintage, 2) A.Wang's Fall 2010 RTW, 3) S.McCartney's Pre-Fall 2010|