Forty Fads I’d Like To See Again
Later today, Karl Lagerfeld will show his annual Metiers d’Arts show for Chanel in Dallas, Texas. I don’t know if he’s going to reinvent the classic cowgirl look, but I’m hoping that he does!
I adore classic western wear. The labor that people like Nudie Cohn put into these clothes created its own sub-industry in American fashion where talented craftspeople tooled leather, embroidered appliques and sewed buckskin fringes onto outfits that performers clamored to wear. Collectors understand how remarkable these clothes are because a simple Nudie suit can easily command a five-figure price at auction.
The Etro S/S 2014 menswear collection — my favorite of the season — was inspired by classic western attire. Just a couple of seasons back, Isabel Marant showed cowgirl shirts and boots that quickly became collectors items. There are always a few designers flirting with elements of this style, but too often they are appreciated for their kitsch value and not for the aesthetic itself. Still, if anyone can get away with bringing the aesthetic into this century, it would be Karl Lagerfeld.
I guess I’ll have to wait a few hours to find out if cowgirls are coming back into style!