Is this 'the death of Sex'?

16 August 2010

Was it Mrs Prada that kicked off the craze for midi-skirts?

All good Grazia readers and fash-enthusiasts know by now that this season’s style revolution is the retro silhouette of over the knee skirts, with or without pleats, plus sensible tops, and everything with a waist. It’s been dubbed ‘the death of sex’ look by the editor of T magazine (part of The New York Times), Sally Singer. “It’s the Mary Tyler Moore, the young, naïve and happy working girl who will wear the right button-up blouse with an A-line skirt,” she added.

If someone reading this was, for example, a teenager in the 1990’s and a twenty something in the 2000’s, then however brave a fashion experimenter they are, they could feel intimidated by the trend. Until now, the only people we’ve seen in this style are in costume dramas, like Mad Men or Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple or in brilliant Sunday afternoon films like Hannah and Her Sisters or Kramer vs Kramer. Otherwise long skirts have only been seen on grungers in floral floor-lengthers and Dr Martens in the ‘90s, or during the boho trend of the mid noughties. Neither look were synonymous with ‘being taken seriously’ but now this version of the look is heralded as set to become as ubiquitous as skinny jeans.

Or was Mr Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton responsible?

Belgian designer Veronique Branquinho sees the look as very much a pro-woman statement, recalling “the long plissé soleil is for women who want to be feminine, elegant and desirable without showing their body. You can feel their body from the skirt’s volume, which gives a dramatic freedom of movement.”

What do you think? Are long skirts a la GilesPrada and Louis Vuitton A/W ’10 the solution to our wardrobe crisis or will girls who aren’t supermodels by profession worry about stepping out in sweeping skirts, for fear of being mistaken for someone on their way to a fancy dress party dressed as a Grandma?

Let us know below. . .

-Naomi Attwood


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