is there a film critic in the house?

Finished sorting this afternoon's mail. I have received the latest issue of a publication called The Thread. It has Pictures and Words. The cover picture shows a woman in a dark blue woolly knitted romper. Said romper also appears in the April J.Crew catalog. I don't think it's worth trying to add anything to the previous discussions of adult rompers that have appeared on this blog in the past day or two, and I hope that the J.Crew people will reach romper saturation shortly as well.

Inside The Thread, we find More Pictures! More Words! Many not lined up in a comprehensible order! Have fun, Grammarians. I breathlessly await the tweed and sequin loafers. I do tend not to wear tweeds in the summer heat, dahlings, nor sequins, nor this combination, but you go ahead and express yourselves. Spring is coming, tra-la.

So anyway the fashion news for Fall 2011 is that the Bonnie and Clyde look from the 1930's (by way of the 1967 movie) and the Great Gatsby look from 1974 (yes, we know the book was published in 1925, but the book did not have Nifty Outfits or Cool Accessories), were the inspiration for "flared '50s silhouettes in trenches, skirts and dresses."

Well, I haven't even shopped for Spring 2011. As a matter of fact, yesterday we had snow, sleet, hail, thick fog, rain, 40-mph winds and bright sunshine, all in the same 90 fun-filled minutes, so I'm not sure I'll get to shop for Spring 2011. Maybe I'll just wait for Fall 2011. Cinematic inconsistencies aside, I like the idea of clothing with fuller "silhouettes," being of the rather fuller persuasion myself. On the other hand, my recollections of Faye's, I mean Bonnie's, and Mia/Daisy's skirts and dresses do not include "full". Slouchy, yes. Slender, indeed. Sleek - perhaps you get the picture. When I think of the '50s, I think of Peter Pan collars, circle pins, pleated skirts, circle skirts, button-down collars, Black Watch.... and shirtwaist dresses! Those I'd bring back in a minute!
I expect snippets of the copy and pics from The Thread will appear in catalogs and e-mail-ings over the next few weeks... Have you received The Thread? Wouldn't most people rather receive the April catalog before reading about next fall? Or is this a Kindly Warning in Disguise: don't spend too much now, it's going to look old, old, old in a few months.


  1. I'm slowly uncrating my spring/summer items, and culling my fall/winter things to make room. So far I have only dabbled in shopping for spring - picked up one top from Eddie B, 2 shirts from Mexx and 3 pairs of pants from Banana. Thankfully with these quick/early rollouts from retailers, I'll be shopping the sale section for my warm weather wear by the time summer weather comes around.

  2. I usually get The Thread a few weeks later than everyone else and I do read it as fluff. I buy much more in fall/winter than spring/summer since the summer here in western Canada is so short! I do love me some cotton pencil skirts though and bought J.Crew's No.2 in 3 colors. I'll be pairing them with sky-high heels, piles of jewelery and well, you get the drift.

    I'm not crazy about flared silhouettes unless we are talking about a pair of retro flare jeans. I'm large on top and small on the bottom and anything with volume on the bottom makes me look large all over. Not an interesting silhouette. :(

  3. I'm still trying to figure out the arithmetic that takes slim slinky looks from the 20's and 30's by way of the 60's and 70's and adds them up to get the full skirts of the 50's.

  4. Southern Belle Ph.D.March 27, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    "When I think of the '50s, I think of Peter Pan collars, circle pins, pleated skirts, circle skirts, button-down collars, Black Watch.... and shirtwaist dresses! Those I'd bring back in a minute!"

    I totally agree!!! I am reading so many different comments regarding the Fall offerings that I do not really know what to expect. Not seeing much at JC I like right now...


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