there is nothing like a dame


PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01:  Helen Mirren walks the runway during Le Defile L'Oreal Paris as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 at Avenue Des Champs Elysees on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for L'Oreal Paris)

 Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for L’Oreal Paris

Universal Standard

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This dress is from Universal Standard, mentioned before, here. They continue to surprise me with some of their really smart designs.

Look at the cool angles in this aubergine colored dress.

They’re subtle but important; they make what would otherwise be a simple dress “evening worthy,” especially with those velvet platforms. 



The smart angles of the dress, bring me to the kinds of illusions that can be created with clothing. Even though, honestly, this model from fashion week had crazy long legs to begin with, it’s clear that the seams in her pants make her legs appear like they go on forever.

Shoes can cut legs short, but the tips of her shoes are like arrows pointing away, down the street, further elongating the legs.


It’s the same here, with the seams of these jeans. 

Nip And Tuck


stella-mccartney-long-sleeve-illusion-dressMore illusions, this dress by Stella McCartney, nips in the model’s waist and narrows her shoulders as well. Although, theoretically, I should like the dress, there’s something a little “too much” about it for me.

Recently, I found this picture of Stella McCartney in this brilliant suit. Talk about nipped in waists, this is a real “wasp” waist! We could leave it at that, Stella McCartney has a tiny waist and she likes the peplum, but check out how the seams in the jacket and skirt add to look of all around slenderness.

The “dame” is old, Universal Standard is for the plump, models have long legs, and Stella McCartney is thin and creates illusions. 

More and more diversity in fashion, diversity in our lives, is good for all of us. 





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