by Arriana drakes
Table of Contents Section I. Flared Skirt Evolution Flared Skirts History In the 70’s In the 90’s In 2000’s Fashion Week Paris/Milan Section II. T- Strap Shoe Evolution T-Starp History In the 70’s In the 90’s In 2000’s Fashion Week Paris/Milan Section III. The Pixie Cut Pixie Cut History In the 70’s In the 90’s In 2000’s Fashion Week Paris/Milan
The Flared Skirt Evolution
kirts are one of the oldest styles of garment known to mankind. In the 20th century, the hardships of war required women to wear shorter, more work-friendly clothing. This marked the beginning of the upward journey of the skirt hem, which went up from ankle-length, to calflength and then the knee length by the 1960s.
The 70â€™s T
he decade began with a continuation of the hippie look from the 1960s. The flared skirt was often calflength or midi, mini-lenghth, and maxi to give women mor variety. The skirt came in solid colors or vibrant geometric prints. The garment was also sometimes embellished and worn with a tight lures halter top or button-up blouse.
The 90â€™s T
he popularity of grunge and alternative rock music helped bring the simple, unkempt grunge look mainstream. In general, the 1990s saw a general minimalist aesthetic in fashion, contrasted to the more elaborate and flashy trends of the 1980s. By the 90â€™s, skirt was mini in length and came in bright and vibrant colors and prints reminscent of the 80â€™s.
nown as the “mash-up” decade because of it’s fusion of previous fashions over the decade, the early 2000’s was simply, a continuation of the 90’s. The popularity of minimalism was at the forefront as people sought out for the simplest and fewest elements, to create the maximum effect, when it came to fashion and style. The flared skirt is a perfect example, as it remained mini but the fabrics, colors, prints and trims changed and became more clean and modern. The skirt was usually worn with a corresponding shirt, jacket or blouse.
Dolce and Gabana’s Spring/Summer collec-
tion gives the flared skirt a new vivacity, by using non-traditional materials, such as, “crinoline” made from bent cane like classic Sicilian baskets and Caltagirone printed graphics.
The T-Strap Shoe Evolution
he womenâ€™s T-strap sandal was first popularized during the 1920s as women began to show off more of their legs and feet. The style featured a pointed toe with a strap that reached toward the ankle from the center of the toe to a horizontal strap circling the ankle. The style covered just the womanâ€™s heel and toes but otherwise showed a great deal of the foot, in keeping with the revealing styles of time. Typically the shoes had a one-to two-inch heel. The T-strap was one of the more popular styles for eveningwear in the 1930s and early 1940s. However, by the mid-1930s the toe of the shoe became more rounded and the heel lowered, and by the mid-1940s the simple pump was preferred.
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omen’s shoes began to echo the 1940s, with the t-strap, which was made of molded plastic or leather with a single leather t-strap over the ball of the foot. The heel height ranged anywhere from ½” to 4 inches as women desired a higher heel.
The 90â€™s T
he t-strap shoe in the 90s, mainly encompassed stylish cutouts as a new, yet subtle take on the classic shoe style. The cut-outs allowed breathability all while keeping the upper part of the foot covered. The shoeâ€™s shape ranged from a pointed toe to a square toe.
mer 2008 collection entails a retro spin on the classic “t-strap” shoe. The shoe’s style is very reminscent of the 60’s giving an strikingly evocative appeal.
Pradaâ€™s Retrospective Take
Fashion Week S/S 13’
Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection features the “t-strap shoe” with a 1 ½” platform, 6” heel, exotic python skin and metal studs as modern accents.
The Evolution of The Pixie
pixie cut is a short hairstyle worn by women, generally short on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top. Pixie cuts were popularized first in the late 1950s when Audrey Hepburn (left) wore the style in her debut film Roman Holiday, and later in the 1960s by actress Mia Farrow and British supermodel Twiggy. Depending on the style, pixies range from as short as a half inch in some places to two or three inches long in others.
The 70’s T
he pin-up of 60s mod fashion, Twiggy’s look was all about sleek, short hair and big, bold lashes. The hairstyle was so alluring it spewed into the 70’s as it was soft and simple. The cut was a prime way to show off the womens’ bold eyes and bone structure.
The 90’s F
ollowing the ‘80s big-hair era of perms, ratting and tons of hairspray, it was not surprising that many women saw the new ‘90s as a decade of freedom and chopped their hair off, opting for cute, simple dos. Pixie cuts in the ‘90s ranged from messy and natural to polished and styled. Calvin Klien model, Christy Turlington Burns (left) sports the cut effotlessly in the early 90’s.
The 2000â€™s In the new millennium, the pixie cut goes from short and simple, to bold and daring. Lots of dye-mension and dimension is added to the cut for a more dynamic interpretation of the classic style. The bangs of the cut get longer, as they are boldly swept to the side and amplified with contrasting highlights. The shorter side of the cut is either tapered an inch or less, or simple shaven to convey the ultimate edge.
In 2009, music art-
ist Rihanna sported the newly innovated pixie look.
Fashion Week Designerâ€™s, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Christophe Lemaire, and Kenzo took on the pixie cut for their Spring and Fall 2013 looks. The designers kept the look bold and edgy with a subtle softness, amongst a pop of plum at Kenzo.
Flared Skirt • Infused with two contrasting floral prints • A rich medley of tapestry-style patterns • Dense embellishment influenced by Eastern European textiles
T-Strap • Higher platform • Heel Embellishments • Simplistic straps
Pixie Cut • Reminecscent of the 90’s • Soft yet edgy • Blocks of color within the style