The Style Dossier for the Week of 12.05.08

Each Friday, Dossier will bring you knowledgeable style commentary, context and inspiration — a roundup of the week’s best style coverage — in no particular order.

1. Twelve seems to be the ripe creative age these days, which — frankly — is freaking me out. Following on the heels of The New York Times pre-pubescent restaurant critic is the discovery of this absurd pint-size fashion blogger, and I mean absurd in the truly illogical sense of the word: I have no idea how she exists. Aside from her rap homage to Comme des Garçons’ collaboration with H&M, her ability to collate pop cultural references into a single outfit is ingenious. Most “grown-ups” I know struggle to pronounce Balenciaga, let alone Rei Kawakubo. But then again, apparently nine-year-olds are publishing self-help books, so….

2. Somewhere between Moschino and YSL is my beloved queen of poke-a-dots Sonia Rykiel, who this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of her label. While the fashion world is awash with homages, the International Herald Tribune’s multimedia review of Rykiel’s retrospective at Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs is perhaps the most complete, including both a video interview with the designer and Suzy Menkes’s engaging written commentary on Rykiel’s influential role in fashion history.

3. This enchanting, disturbing and evocative video is said to draw inspiration from London designer Gareth Pugh’s A/W 2008 womenswear collection based on the creepily imaginative films “Predator” and the “Wizard of Oz.” To me it gives off an “Alice in Wonderland” air of marvel and mystery. Additionally, the stark contrast of black-on-white and overarching macabre hit a particularly resounding doom and gloom note this holiday season. Tra la la la la!

4. Thank you, Urban Outfitters, for saturating Western society with the chafiyeh (the checkered black-and-white scarf that once symbolized the sacred defense of Iran) to such a point that Midwestern teenagers are calling it “so 2007.” But fashion comes full circle, and recently, Iranian rappers, artists and youth have played up the ubiquity by appropriating the scarf as symbolic of their growing interest in Western culture and (what the country’s fundamentalists deem) radical thought.

5. Following Jacobs’s collaboration with Prince, art and fashion settle into a more traditional role as bedfellows in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s current exhibition “Costume: The Art of Dress.” No superhero gear this year. In lieu of their annual special exhibition, the institute has employed Sarah Jessica Parker to guide guests around the museum’s permanent collection, pointing out the notable fashion in historic works. Here, the WSJ discusses the triumphs and follies of the effort — either way, I’ll be there this weekend.

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 6, 2008 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    That is so true!

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