Taiwan Fun Magazine, May 2004


Summer 2004 Trend Watch: Optimism

By Karishma Krishna

     The Golden Era

     Designers are totally enamored with Hollywood's golden era (the '20s to the '50s) referencing every lady from Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe.

     New femininity's Alexander McQueen caused yet another stir when his show turned into a 1930's "Depression inspired ballet". Models danced around in 1930's-style suits, satin dresses and tweed corsets made from a mixture of his grandmother's lace and grandfather's tweed suits, and ballet skirts made from "ghost-like" meshes and gauzy fabrics. Meanwhile, Prada and Mui Mui were having a '50s moment with very chic interpretations of elegance: from dresses with well-defined bodices, tightly clenched with waists and full skirts that bellow, worn with a wide range of tops ranging from the sexy corsets and Camis tops--to more sophisticated fitted shirts and classic man-style V necks, sweaters and cardigans. (Remember to wear a belt on the waist for a fresh feminine look!) The day dresses are all smart and sophisticated, mostly following very simple lines (the fit and flare dress, the shirt dress, the tube).

     Cardigans: An absolute must, traditionally shown with skirts but, for the more daring, with trousers. The cardi may be worn snug fitting, embroidered, tie dyed, sheer or plain.

     The Rebel: For a more sassy take on this nostalgic trend, D-Squared showed that there's nothing like a dame, especially if she looks like a sexy Marlon Brando or James Dean inspired rebel in sassy pedal pushers or techno stretch cigarette pants, high heels, sporty graphic or plain tank tops, biker-style leather jackets, corsets, leather baby doll tops, vests, peak caps and leather neck bands. Also don't forget the classic jean jacket. To be more playful, try the Texan cowboy-inspired fringed jackets, buckle belts and very worn-out jeans teamed with the classic T-shirt or lingerie-inspired tops.

     The Holiday Look: If that's not enough, try Versace's optimistic Hawaiian brights in 50's-inspired pedal pushers and slender cigarette pants, mixed with bright co-bred hatter tops, sexy tubes and cropped jackets. Don't forget to accessorize with chunky gold jewelry and thick black bands for the complete glam queen feel.

     Have fun playing and look out for Part 3 next month!