Mother Ch­erni’s fash­ion fore­cast for the 2017 fall sea­son

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Jean Ch­erni Se­nior Mo­ments Con­tact Jean Ch­erni, se­nior ad­viser for Pre­mier Tran­si­tions, a full-ser­vice program for se­niors con­tem­plat­ing a move, at jeanch­erni@sbc­global.net or 49 Rose St., Apt. 510, Bran­ford, 06405.

It seems strange, in­deed, to even be think­ing about fall fash­ion, or any fash­ion for that matter, with news of im­pend­ing hur­ri­canes, con­stant re­port­ing of dam­age from those just passed, the tense in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion, in­ves­tiga­tive “leaks” and the re­volv­ing door of White House staff.

But who am I to ar­gue with Harper’s Bazaar, Van­ity Fair, Style and Vogue?

These pub­li­ca­tions breath­lessly report on the lat­est trends as though it is news of the great­est im­por­tance. How­ever, on sec­ond thought, if your sense of hu­mor is still in­tact, brows­ing through the pho­to­graphs and de­scrip­tions of the lat­est col­lec­tions is sure to ei­ther give you a good laugh or leave you open-mouthed and speech­less at the sheer in­san­ity of most of the clothes.

While I think it is fine and long over­due that trans­gen­der peo­ple “live their truth,” I am con­fused by clothes that put frills and see-through fabrics on men and wide-shoul­dered, padded jack­ets and mil­i­tary hair­cuts on women. Although, ob­vi­ously, fash­ion de­sign­ers are not con­cerned with any­one, male or fe­male, over the age of 21. (Most mod­els are pre­pu­berty.)

I still en­joy see­ing girls who look fem­i­nine and boys who look mas­cu­line, what­ever their pri­vate pref­er­ences. Never have the fash­ions been so con­tra­dic­tory in other ways as well; the spring trend for gar­ish prints con­tin­ues and so does fringe and se­quined bling on ev­ery­thing.

Calvin Klein used sur­vival­ist ma­te­ri­als like cam­per-tent ny­lon, vinyl, plas­tic and rub­ber, although the in­dus­trial look still is con­trasted with plat­form shoes that ren­der most of us un­able to walk … any­where! But then, com­mon sense is an en­dan­gered species.

Here we are liv­ing in a time of a shrink­ing and an­gry mid­dle class and the mag­a­zines are fea­tur­ing “must have” pock­et­books and shoes that of­ten cost half a mil­lion dol­lars, each! To add in­sult to in­jury, the most used, as well as overused, mod­els are two girls of con­sid­er­able wealth — Ken­dall Jen­ner and Gigi Ha­did. I am truly tired of the fash­ion ed­i­tors breath­lessly drool­ing over these two spoiled rich kids.

Lack of good man­ners and taste­less­ness has be­come in­va­sive in our lives and fash­ion is of­ten a re­flec­tion of our mores. One out­stand­ing ex­am­ple is Tom Ford’s new­est fra­grance called “(ex­ple­tive) Fab­u­lous” — be­cause of the name, sold only in his stores. He was quoted as say­ing that we have be­come prud­ish and con­cerned about be­ing po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. If that means sim­ple, good man­ners are out of style, then the bad taste in this fall’s col­lec­tions is not the ma­jor is­sue we should be con­cerned about.

The sav­ing grace for all of us whose 30th birth­day is just a fond mem­ory is that we can pull out and re­cy­cle our old Tal­bots, Lands’ End, Al­fred Dun­ner and other clas­sic duds, add some new, in­ex­pen­sive bling and still re­ceive sin­cere com­pli­ments on how nice we look. Just re­frain from re­spond­ing, “This old thing?”

If you don’t ob­ject to be­ing po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, a sim­ple thank you is a nice re­sponse.

Note to some of my younger read­ers: H&M, the pop­u­lar, in­ex­pen­sive, high fash­ion line, has just opened a store at the West­brook out­let cen­ter.

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