The weather here in the South has been quite nice for the past week. It’s not been terribly warm, but it has been balmy enough to put one in mind of thinking ahead to spring. The thought of shedding all the layers of clothing and just wearing one or two garments is simply refreshing. So why is it that now we are simply inundated with images from the Fall-Winter Fashion Weeks of 2011? I know there has to be some time between showing the collections, and when one will actually wear them, but these clothes won’t even be available in the stores for several months. By then you would think that most people will have forgotten all about the things they loved the most.
Enough of my opinion. Let’s see what others are saying about fashion this week.
* Nathalie Atkinson of the National Post asks a similar question: Are people getting too much fashion information too soon because of Twitter and other instant information sites?
* Speaking of collections, I’m usually just mildly amused by them, but after my pants tirade last week, the Ralph Lauren show really caught my eye. He showed honest to goodness trousers that originate at the waist and not the hip. The other references to the past were stunning as well.
* Marimekko and Converse have a collaborative collection available this spring.
* The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles is currently displaying Oscar nominated costumes. The exhibit runs through April 30, 2011.
* My new favorite photostream at Flickr is that of the Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives. See the Sonia Delaunay illustrations on page 2!
* And more Delaunay… Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, has an upcoming exhibit called Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay. Textile Conservator Sarah Scaturro compares some designs from Delaunay to what designers are producing today. The exhibit will run from March 18 through June 5 at the NYC museum.
* Most women who grew up in the 60s don’t remember wearing pantyhose until after the miniskirt hit town, but they were actually on the market by 1959. Get the whole story at Smithsonian.com.