"The erotic dances of the Polynesians, the erotic music of the African negro tribes, these captured the imagination and presided over the recreation of the mechanically disciplined urban masses of Western Civilization, reaching their swiftest development in the United States, the country that had most insistently fostered mechanical gadgets and mechanical routines. To the once dominantly masculine relaxation of drunkenness was added the heterosexual relaxation of the dance and the erotic embrace. The reaction grew in proportion to the external restraint imposed by the day's grind; but instead of enriching the erotic life and providing deep organic satisfactions, these compensatory measures tended to keep sex at a constant pitch of stimulation and ultimately of irritation. In brief, most of the sexual compensations were little above the level of abject fantasy". Technics and Civilization.
Art degraded, imagination denied.
A civilization can't be run by barbarians; so the consummate European designer John Galliano, the disgraced fashion legend; put his imprint on Oscar de la Renta RTW Fall 2013 at New York Fashion Week.
Mr. Galliano joined the team of Oscar de la Renta last year, and his aesthetic could be seen on this venerable American fashion institution. It needs it. A Red Riding Hood cape in gray double-faced cashmere with a generous hood. Shown with tight black leather pants, was trademark Galliano.
The collection utilized exceptional tailoring, of draped-front suits and coats in charcoal or teal flannel and a ruby shade of cashmere, and strong feminine separates, like stretch leather pants with a pea jacket. There were big party dresses, but the more pared-down numbers looked fresher.