It also seems to me that there’s an unjustified amount of pressure on designers to make youthful clothes. No one wants to be called boring or dated, but the relentless insistence on youth actually seems to be hindering imagination.
I’d like to personally welcome Cathy Horyn back to fashion journalism. With statements like the one above she cuts to the heart of what bugs so many women over the age of thirty-five about fashion. Why is “fashion” geared to the young, when it is the older women who possess most of the means to indulge in clothes?
Even if you do not follow the fashion world, it is important to know that there are an increasing number of critics who can see that fashion will not truly be “democratic” until older women can picture themselves wearing the clothing that goes down the runways.
Sure, I want to be thrilled by great design, challenging ideas, even offensive ideas. I’m all for that. But my mind is equally open to clothes that are simply beautiful, that have an easy and inhabited and ageless quality.
Let’s hope the designers and manufacturers are listening.