Everyone's always talking about how there are few designers that actually forge new concepts in fashion and we agree. This Fall, for example, no one came close to what Balenciaga, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent put out and we suppose, in a way, that is perfectly fine. There should be designers who just make nice clothes. Not everyone, that is, can really push the boundaries of what think of the human form. You know, Alexander Wang can make his boyfriend jeans and Phillip Lim his cotton frocks. There's a place for these designers and it doesn't mean they aren't talented, it's just that their office is down the hall in a different department so to speak (the line between Couture and Ready To Wear does not explain these differences the way it used to). What we think is boring is a blanket generalization that suggests that the fashion climate is somehow less-capable than it used to be. That somehow newness is a thing we once had and now do not. That's total double speak if you ask us and, paired with a recession, it's frankly scary.
That said, it's raining and grey in New York and this weather has us in grilled cheese-and-a-glass-of-milk mode. We're going to listen to some James Taylor and Stevie Wonder and remember when riding in a station wagon was the highlight of our day. We know that the only not-new thing about fashion is that godforsaken slogan and that understanding the difference between nostalgic or somewhat easy collections and total stagnancy is key. For your Friday video indulgence, three videos, James Taylor (hottest man alive?) for nostalgia, Isaac Mizrahi for easy style, and Lanvin for something you can't expect from just anybody.