Friday, February 13, 2009


Have you been following the NYC Fashion Week shows? For some reason, we just don't care that much about the shows. Fashion needs a major Turn Around. The system is clearly broken and as Dana Thomas succinctly states in her terrific book Deluxe, luxury has lost its luster. We certainly agree and in this economic turmoil, we hope fashion will correct itself, as it is a broken system. Enough with runways filled with irrelevant clothing for the 21st century. Enough with sky-high prices for clothing that may be creative, but unjustifiable. Enough with stores selling short-shorts, when what you really need in twenty degree weather is a winter parka. Enough with luxury fashion that isn't luxurious and hardly exclusive anymore. In twelve years of Decades, we have seen it all and ain't nothing new to design that hasn't been done in the last decades. Yes, we crave and embrace new talent, but let's hope that in the forthcoming seasons a new reality of fashion will emerge that still is creative, yet relevant. That will be a Fashion Turn Around. The Vicky Tiel dress below is also a Fashion Turn Around.

A composition of black matte silk and black silk satin, this bold shouldered black dress has a surprising reveal with you turn around: the back of the dress has criss-cross straps in black satin that reveal the back down to you-know-where only to be greeted with a dramatic satin swag at your derriere. The waist of the dress is so flattering as a wide seamed panel outlines your mid-section. Today, a dress like this from a major designer would cost a fortune. This is a complicated construction, after all. However, buying a dress of this drama and this wearable is much more affordable than its modern designer equivalent. But we don't need to tell you that. A Decades aficionado knows what is best for her and Decades strives to deliver the goods!

Vicky Tiel for Henri Bendel criss-cross back silk LBD with satin swag, c. 1980s. Marked size 44, modern 6 to 8 SOLD
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