What (I wore when it) Happened

In June 2016 Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination in a white pantsuit designed by Ralph Lauren. The outfit echoed a man's suit jacket, with widened lapels, a deeper v-cut in the front, and a wider skirt to the jacket. She wore white on white on white, a deliberate reference to the deployment of white by … Continue reading What (I wore when it) Happened

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Smooth Ripples

Michelle Obama's impact on women's fashion Michelle Obama had an effect on how many American women dressed. This wasn't about a particular item of clothing she wore selling out; it was that she injected style into American culture; she shifted preferences of American women towards what she herself wore. Cardigans: she managed to make cardigans a "thing" … Continue reading Smooth Ripples

Nerves

Update posted below (August 9, 2017, 11:33 a.m., EST) Watching Seth Meyer's bit on August 3rd, 2017, titled "A Closer Look/Trump in Crisis" this image struck me, because the posture, pose, and gestures of the President of the United States suggest a man in fear. It's a surprisingly vulnerable image: Trump overlaps his hands, clasping … Continue reading Nerves

Freedom’s in Fashion

These little ole' gals are Thomas Kinkaide's "Freedom in Fashion" figurines -- each named for a stanza in the National Anthem. Most women are familiar with the lazy fashion spread/advertisement featuring patriotic-themed clothing. As with Kinkaide's fashions, most of these designs offered to women shoppers are riffs on the American flag, or, simply featuring the … Continue reading Freedom’s in Fashion

Summer suffragists

I am reading a lot of news stories about women -- especially white women (more on that distinction in a sec.) -- who woke up after the election devastated with the outcome, in terms of what it meant for women, people of color, gays, the disabled, immigrants.  And more than upset, these are women who … Continue reading Summer suffragists

Mean girls

Grace's life is undone, dismantled, broken apart when her husband Robert declares his undying love for his law partner, Sol. With the loss of their life partners, their social position, and their homes, Frankie, Sol's soon-to-be ex-wife, and Grace create their own unique bond of female friendship. In the Netflix series Grace and Frankie starring Jane … Continue reading Mean girls

The Wrong Man for the times

Just who does Belle think she is? After she rebuffs Gaston, he warns LeFou "That girl has tangled with the wrong man." Gaston is a classic bully -- bluff, egotistical, trapped in his own reality, intent on power and revenge and incapable of understanding anyone beyond himself. And that especially includes an upstart, intellectual girl. In … Continue reading The Wrong Man for the times

It’s not about the dress you wear

...but the life you lead, said Diana Vreeland.  Well, it's been a while since the election and I feel pretty much like wearing this every day -- arming myself for battle, because it sure feels like it's on, mister, it's on. So thanks, Vreeland, it is the life you lead, but it is also about the … Continue reading It’s not about the dress you wear

Bravery on our minds

Andromeda is, according to the erstwhile wikipedia, "she who has bravery on her mind." In the ancient Greek world, Andromeda needed courage when she is sent as sacrifice to a sea monster, only to be saved by the handsome, strong Prince (son of Zeus) Perseus. Andromeda is most empathically female, the root of the western story … Continue reading Bravery on our minds