This week I received magazines for January and on the cover were some of the new trends for 2014. I must say I was a little surprised to see that many of the articles featured women in men's garments. Now those who know me, understand my fashion sense and know I would be the first in the group to sport a garment from the opposite sex, but enough is enough.
I think my biggest objection is that all the ladies bodies are boy-like. What happen to showing off the curves of a women. I don't know about you, but I think a women should always look like a lady no matter what she's wear.
Doing my research I found an article dated 1985, which showcased the popular pinstripe suit, worn by men and women who were rich and had money to burn.The stripes in the suit were fashioned from 24-karat gold thread and the worlds finest wool. The black market cloth was then tailored into the era's power suit. You maybe wondering what was so fascinating about a pinstripe suit, well it was the fact that the wool was shorn from the Vicuna, a llama-like endangered grazing animal. The power suit was more alluring because the material was illegal, and the waiting list were long for this must have item.
Of course there is more to the story (Guiled Pinstripes).Each suit was tailor made and were designed for both sexes, neither one being more dominant. In the 1990's and only for a short period of time there was an attempt to revive the look and make it more affordable.
So back to my point in 2014, designers want to revive this look again, and there's nothing wrong with that. I am all for fashion repeating itself. I'm just waiting for the designer who can bring the house down or at least up on there feet with a new signature look. Where the women are feminine, and the men are sharp as a tack!
I will be watching Hampton Roads for New Trends in 2014.
Wishing you all a healthy, wealthy, and joyous New Year!
Francine Humphrey Marcine Designs Fashion Writer Virginia Beach firstname.lastname@example.org