Saturday, June 08, 2013


I've been tweeting about the CFDA Awards and my concern that American fashion seems really sleepy compared to the vibrancy and diversity of European fashion at present.  If one were to review the winners of the CFDA awards over the last few years, one might think the US Fashion Industry is composed of less designers than fingers on my hands.  That being said, I really hope the important work of the CFDA is broadened and we return to the excitement of American fashion that was generated in the 1970s when American sportswear reigned supreme and our evening wear was a fresh alternative to the stoic Parisian Couture.  Think of this gorgeous John Anthony paillette long sleeve mermaid gown with mock neck and open back highlighted by an ombre skirt.  Norman Norell may have made the mermaid gown his signature, but this John Anthony has its own spin on the classic epitome of second skin sensuality.  Long Live American Fashion!

John Anthony mermaid gown in gray to blue sequins degradé, c. 1970's. Modern size 2 to 4.  (runway sample "Barbara")

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