Teri Agins

The End of Fashion

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    The impudent McQueen liked to shock the French establishment, such as the time he told Le Monde that handmade couture embroidery looks “like vomit.”
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    French designer clothes in general were too contrived, too uptight, or just too weird looking. “
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    Women want attractive clothes that function in the real world, “not something that is impossible to walk and drive in. You know, clothes that fit into your life.”
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    Marketing analysts describe consumers’ new embrace of the most functional and affordable clothes as the “commoditization” of fashion.
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    That evening, Shaffer was feeling quite satisfied with her budget find. “I got more10 compliments on the shoes than my dress,” she recalled, noting that her friends were “impressed when I told them they came from Kmart.”
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    People’s values changed with regard to fashion. Most people used to put “fashion” on a pedestal. There was a sharp delineation between ordinary clothes from Casual Corner and Sears and true “fashion” from Paris couturiers and boutiques like Charivari and Martha.
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    People stopped dressing up. By the end of the 1980s, most Americans were wedded to jeans, loose knit tops, and Nike shoes, which became the acceptable standard of everyday dress even in offices. Leading the charge for informality were men, in their rejection of the business suit, which since the start of the industrial age had been the symbol of masculine authority and the uniform of the corporate workplace.
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    The power now belongs to us, the consumers, who decide what we want to wear, when we buy it, and how much we pay for it. And nowadays, consumers are a lot savvier and more skeptical when it comes to fashion.
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    Every few years, when the silhouettes change, women and men have been compelled to go shopping and to rebuild their wardrobes to stay in style.
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    Yet fashion, by definition, is ephemeral and elusive, a target that keeps moving. A clothing style becomes fashionable when enough people accept it at any given time. And conversely, fashions go out of style when people quit wearing them.
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    sense of smell following a brain tumor operation in 1987
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    Kelly Rector, a stunning brunette and accomplished horsewoman who grew up in Connecticut, who later worked for Calvin Klein, whom she married in 1986.
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    Cary Grant was a Ralph obsession
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    In an effort to bring him down, Yves Saint Laurent sued Lauren, alleging that he copied one of his couture gowns, and a French court found Lauren guilty as charged.
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    Bruce Weber, the fashion photographer who also created some of Calvin Klein’s most memorable ads
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    brand was segregated in its own appetizing ambiance. In 1970, Lauren convinced Bloomingdale’s to put all his ties, suits, dress shirts, and raincoats together in his own special little boutique. Lauren designed this outpost to feel like a gentlemen’s club, with mahogany paneling and brass fixtures.
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    Lauren will go down in fashion history for introducing the concept of “lifestyle merchandising” in department stores, where each fashion
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    Norman Hilton, the suit manufacturer that became Lauren’s first financial partner.
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    opening a modest showroom in the Empire State Building. He named his brand “Polo,” which he figured evoked just the right amount of snob appeal.
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    in 1967, Lauren’s fantasy came to life as he became a designer—of neckties—open
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