Kamis, 22 Maret 2012

my fair ladies fashion

kate Bolick, who set the blogosphere afire with her recent story for  The Atlantic  ("All the Single Ladies”) on the rise of the permanently single woman and our  culture’s disdain for her, is not shy about arguing on behalf of what most still refer to as “alternative lifestyles." But if up to 52 percent of American adults aren’t married, as Bolick observes in her piece, I guess that means “making it legal” is the alternative state. She argues that a shrinking pool of marriageable men, coupled with the rising tide of successful, financially independent women, makes singledom not only more attractive but more likely. For ELLE’s New Girl package this month, Bolick looks at another relatively new idea: committed couples living apart. Her argument? Since domesticity is known to kill the erotic cat and breed a certain contempt for the other human always in your space, perhaps separate-but-together makes for not just livelier bedfellows but a more peaceful existence, It’s a compelling idea, though children are definitely an afterthought in
her dissection of this trend. And they, of course, are part of Bliss Broyard’s “problem” in managing her own unwieldy life of work,parenting, and cohabitation with an adult male.

 (Fortunately, he‘s the father of her children, and they share a big house.) Like many cynical New York types, she’s deeply suspicious of anyone who sets out to be a life coach, but she”s equally desperate for some insight and guidance not gleaned through years of therapy. Enter Laurie Gerber, professional ass kicker, goal—setter, and cliché-embracer,whose motto “Maybe it’s you" actually did help Broyard move the happiness needle. Gerber prescribed a system ol` punishment and reward in which coddling one`s excuses for not being happier/ more successful/more turned on by her partner wouldn’t be toler-ated anymore.

Who would have thought that radical meant having a reasonably happy marriage and living in the same house? An  other radical bit of news: As Laurie Abraham notes in the opener to New Girl, nearly 40 percent of wives now earn more than their husbands and both sexes are cottoning to their new roles. If you”re looking for a radical departure from your wardrobe, you’ve picked the right season for that. The lady, the lady, the lady! She’s back and as demure as ever-unironically so, worries Daphne

Merkin, who wonders in "Portrait of a Lady” if the new look means we're yearning for some rules in an increasingly disordered world, or if we just want to look pretty. And pretty il is, what with snappy A line and pencil skirts, nippecl-at-the-waist coats, flowered and pasteled and ginghamecl dresses. We even got a nurse from Jil  Sander, but more English  Patient than naughty. Fm one who always wants it all to mean something, and it did at Lhe Chanel show, during which,Fm embarrassed to admit, lactually cried. Wrhile you’ve likely read about Karl Lagerfeld's underwater wonder-world set in the Grand Palais, you had to be there to hear Florence Welch fill up the place with her soaring rendition of “What the Water Gave Me” as 83 looks floated by, one opulent Chanel sea nymph after another-so young, the girls, so beautiful, so sure they’re never going to die.

It was moving in away a fashion show rarely is, and I was grateful for a bit of genuine emotion, even if it was probably just sleep deprivation mixed with existential rage. Who was it who said 80 percent of life is showing up? I went back to my tive-star bunker in the Park Hyatt Paris feeling all the lighter for getting to, you know, be there.

Now, of course, we want you to feel the fashion yourself—and our point of view doesn’t confine you to just the lady, or the sea nymph, or the gilded cowgirl made popular at Balmain. Serge Leblon and Mattias Karlsson team up to cover the graphic print trend; Terry Tsiolis and Ondine Azoulay are inspired by the '60s; Laurie Bartley and Kate Lanphear head to the Southwest for some gritty charm; Adrian Gaut and Kate Davidson Hudson work out with the season‘s best accessories; and Joe Zee and Tom Munro get sporty with cover girl Blake Lively. We also go back stage for seasonal "best in show" awards for the beauty looks that will be driving hair and makeup trends throughout spring and summer. Flat hajr, French twists, winged eyeliner—start your en- gines, girls, there is a bit of naughty under all that nice.

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