Do women dress for other women, or for men?
Do we care? Is this question worth answering? It’s a little bit interesting. I tend to think that women dress — in general — for other women because women are more likely to take note of, and appreciate, the method and the details.
As a science writer and science fiction enthusiast, The Photographer likes the modern, streamlined aesthetic embodied in films like Gattaca and 2001 . . . and Star Trek.
I can do that!
Ordinarily a pink top might seem girlish and old-fashioned, not edgy and futuristic.
But this one, by Viktor & Rolf, is definitely not girlish and old-fashioned. Made of a pale pink lamé, this fabric almost looks like it is made with glitter. Under the lamé is a darker rose silk layer designed to show through the strategically placed slits.
Follow me on a tour of key points of interest.
Here is a view from the side.
I am cracking up.
This view reminds me of the scene in Inside Out, when Joy, Sadness, and Bing-Bong enter the area designated “Abstract Thinking” and begin to deconstruct. I am also seeing a strong resemblance to the big photocopier in my office; that flap looks like the door to all the paper trays.
I think this top has to go to work. My colleagues deserve to see it, and they may even need to see it. Consider this rule of thumb: If you don’t hear a voice in your head at least once a day saying, “WhAT aM I SEeiNG?” perhaps you aren’t getting enough visual and aesthetic stimulation in your daily life.
Pinking shears have been used to create those slits.
The asymmetrical slit down one side? That’s not strange.
The slash across the midsection that looks oddly like a shark’s mouth? Yes, that’s a little weird.
O.K. Very weird. But you can’t look away, can you?
Notwithstanding my willingness to entertain Metro riders and my colleagues, it’s always good to have a plan to normalize one’s appearance. One never knows what might come up over the course of the day or who may appear in the office.
A tweed blazer provides a veneer of normalcy.
This blazer, you may remember is a little boxy — and therefore fits well over this boxy, not form-fitting top. In addition to the convex lines of the top’s silhouette, the fabric is a little stiff and rough. It needs space.
Normal but not dull. Elements of the top — lamé/glitter, pinking sheared slit — are still on display.
Looking at these photos, I am wondering how this would look with ankle boots. It’s very cold in Washington today and I’ve been hiding inside. Black ankle boots would probably be very effective and provide warmth.
The shoes I am wearing are at least 10 years old. I don’t know how I’ve managed to keep them alive this long. I have had them re-soled periodically and I never allow them to get wet.
They may be the perfect shoes: perfect vamp, perfect height provided by a small (1.25″) wedge heel. I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement pair for years and haven’t found anything quite as wonderful. If you see something, say something!
Take note of the belt. It looks like a mash-up of two belts, but it is one deliberate design: mismatched buckles, joined with thin leather ties.
In case you are wondering how the belt really works, the buckles are inoperative and the leather tie is decorative. The closure is in the back.
Top: Viktor & Rolf from YOOX here; Jacket: JCrew; Pants: JCrew; Belt; Maison Margiela 11 from YOOX here; Shoes: Lazio Collezione