1. I read a “catty” quote attributed to Tim Gunn, recently. It was in a glossy insert to the New York Post so I’m trying to fact-check it, but the man is such a gentleman, this is as snarky as he can get. He said, “New York is filled with women I call grandma Jezebels. They’re women in their 50’s and 60’s who dress as though they’re teenagers and it’s so inappropriate.” I’ve also heard this type of behavior called “clinging to youth.” (personal note: I was once on a little 7AM commuter flight to Milwaukee with the Mr. Gunn. The other bleary-eyed business folks had no idea who he was, but he was absolutely charming and I swear he was sparkling — from the top of his head to the points of his shiny shoes.)
2. Then I espied an article in the NY Times Thursday Styles section about the “RepliKates,” young women and designers who are so into the style of the Duchess of Cambridge that they are bringing back demure long-sleeve dresses worn with sheer hose and pumps. Or, to put it in comparative terms, Catherine is the “anti-Kardashian.”
3. Finally getting caught up on last Sunday’s papers, I caught this mini-interview (also in the NY Times Magazine) with Carine Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue. She sez about American women, ” Oh, it’s a bit too comfortable the way she is dressing, you know? And not in a nice way.”
So is there a trend underway to bring the lady back? Or as my grandma would say, “a little mystery” to a woman? Or should we be on the look-out for a back-lash of sorts? Since we’ve become a Spandex nation there is no turning back to too much rigidity in our waistbands. But I’d like to see (and challenge myself to use) a bit of forethought in how we present ourselves in public. I’ll make the grocery store/corner bodega a “free zone,” because we all need to make that quick stop after the gym or first thing out of bed for coffee, but when we’re out in the public square let’s snap it up a bit, shall we?