For those of you who wonder where and how to discover new labels, here is a tip: Browse on YOOX and The Outnet, and then pay attention to the tailored ads that start appearing in your news reading. It’s how I found Mikael Aghal!
Mikael Aghal! A New York-based label of women’s clothes — ultra feminine dresses.
This one captured my fancy and I cannot decide if it is chic or frumpy. Can it be both?
The Photographer, without prompting, recognized a prairie aesthetic here but did not know what to call it. Fortunately, I was able to supply the words. It’s kind of Little House, I said.
These musings bring to mind two topics discussed in the last year: covered up as the defining trend of the decade (2010-2019)* AND Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser, the extraordinary biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her immortal Little House series.**
This dress is a dress but looks like a blouse and a skirt and therefore is instructive because . . . you could create this look with another blouse and skirt. The paperbag waist is au courant and, in my opinion, more flattering on a skirt than on pants. All of those pleats flow more gracefully into a skirt.
The gathered flounce at the hem — look above — is not a flounce at all. It’s a drawstring that an be tightly or loosely gathered to calibrate the volume of the skirt. Ingenious!
A self belt defines this paper bag waist. I have tied the best bow/knot that I can. I think I need Fatima’s guidance on this.
Dress: Mikael Aghal from The Outnet; Shoes: Fly London; Bag: Tory Burch
* Here is another article on this phenomenon. And one more. One of you — Ginger? — recommended The Modist (www.themodist.com) to me some time ago; it’s such a great site. (Translation: Me Want Everything There!) I don’t have any values-based opinions about modest dress and I doubt that I would define “modest” in the same way that religious adherents of many affiliations do, but I believe, fervently, that revealing clothes for day-wear are not interesting, chic, or compelling. (Evening is different, but even then, good taste must control. See, e.g., Lupita Nyong’o and her beautiful, decollete evening gowns; but see Kardashians at Night.)
** After several different key word searches, I cannot find any post discussing Prairie Fires, which I thought I had recommended. It’s a fascinating look at the mythology of the Great Plains, agricultural policy and geo-engineering, and the cruelty of under-regulated investment markets. The mortgage crisis of 2008 has parallels in the railroad boom of the 19th century. Also, be forewarned: Prairie Fires will make you think differently of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books.
+ There are plenty of Mikael Aghal dresses with long sleeves on The Outnet, so look forward to fall. I like this one, but cannot decide if it is beautiful or hideo-marvelous.