Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March 16, 2010 - Americana

Looking at fashion from an American standpoint has popular expression.  Each decade shares a stylish reaction, or conclusive trend influenced by our societal atmosphere.  The “land of the free” has branded some iconic looks – influenced by celebs and the real people of this world, America the beautiful adds a refreshing twist on designer fashion.  Today we examine some classic renditions in simple form – embracing the girl next door, 50’s rocker, preppy Ivy Leaguer, and who can forget the good guy/bad guy image…  all bearing a distinct glimpse in time and self-style. 

So much of fashion these days is inspired by the past.  A way of life or natural flow lead by some of America’s greats - Dean Martin, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Elvis Presley, and Marlon Brando.  All exemplify a specific voice and perpetuated fad that finds comfort today.  Designers such as D&G, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel are recreating an era in tradition and modesty.  Startling trends in denim and provoking colorful thought to tops and shoes for women.  There’s something pleasing in its simplicity, and original only to the USA.  Pairing well with this year’s color of the year – turquoise with tints of blue, floral, plaid and denim form a foundation in American style and an endearing reputation for this year’s spring-summer line.  

This standard in style reminds me of “The Sandlot” (1993) and “Happy Days” (1974), a film and sitcom cherished for its American ideal and home grown style.  Black framed glasses, Chuck Taylors, standard issue Levi’s, and plaids personified a unique trend.  Their fashion was simple and classic… tailoring a cuffed jean or relaxed chino echoed Americana style.  Colorful tees and suspenders embraced their sporty yet sophisticated mentality.  While boots and black leather jackets defined a whole new American – this bad boy image still finds root today.  H&M’s style guide offers wardrobe suggestions in generational form – pictures of guys and dolls paint an American theme and a subliminal message for this year’s thawing season!

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“What a strange power there is in clothing.” ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

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