Rosetta Getty told Style.com, on the topic of her second ready-to-wear collection, “I want to make clothes that I need in my life, for my lifestyle.”
Evidently, this meant silk robe-style coats and mustard colored walking shorts and chambray gown skirts, white poplin crew necks and tops that could also function as dresses. To the naked eye, this is the kind of clothing that does not lend itself to a universally acknowledged or endured lifestyle. That one should need an emerald green duster or strappy white tank top that appears to compliment black underwear spectacularly means what about her lifestyle?
But if you look through the collections of several relatively-to-brand new designers, you will find a common string that both separates them and brings them together. This string is a new mode of dress that appears complicated on the one hand (thanks to a slew of hard-to-pronounce fabrics and smart colors that push a woman out of her comfort zone) but easy on the other.
By nature of the flattering weight and novel silhouettes, the clothes present no fuss, no unintended drama and no implications of impostor aspiration about them. They’re just honest.
That and wearable.
Take, for example, the offerings of Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin’s label, Tome. There are voluminous culottes, even larger jackets and skirts that deserve their own zip codes. There are Sleeves with a capital S. There is a marigold jumpsuit and one really shiny, really cool pink metallic rain coat.
Adam Lippes, with his skillful use of clean lines and layers understands that a woman’s waist is one of her stronger suits and that she never, ever wants to change out of her favorite cotton striped pajama pants.
Maiyet echoes a similar sentiment, infusing with it the flavor of French sophistication, which successfully reports you can wear an elaborate tea-length dress and run around, or baggy, baggy pants and still look so feminine. Of course, no one really says that quite as well as Wes Gordon does, who, with his pencil skirts and unassumingly airy blouses has redefined what 9 to 5, or 7 to midnight-cool can look like.
You might not find that these items fit the bill of ordinary, everyday must-haves, but that’s probably because you haven’t tried them.
If you do, you’ll find that wearing them to your kid’s soccer practice works just as well as the jeans you’ve had since 1985 do. They’re just as comfortable as the sweatshirt you’ve been wearing night in and out to the library to study and they’re certainly as presentable as the floral dresses you’ve allocated toward time with your family.
The difference is, chiefly, that they’re not scrappy and they’re not old. They’re elevated. They accurately and maybe a little more beautifully celebrate who we are instead of who we think we want to be, which is more often than not an ambitiously distorted vision cloaked in heavy sequins and that sense not of me but of, perhaps, one day, this may be me.
So maybe we’re finally coming to realize that to be ourselves could mean a very quotidian sense of glamour, or maybe we’ve just come to terms with another truth worth reiterating as many times as need be heard: there is nothing wrong with who we are presently and our fashion choices should reflect that.