Haute Historian. Plain & Simple

October 1, 2008 • Fashion


Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine

I have a confession to make…my closet is not up to snuff as far as
the latest and the greatest fashions are concerned. Even though I
consider my monthly subscriptions to fashion magazines to be among my
most prized possessions and pour over the glossy pages for hours on
end, I think of the fashions within as more of a fantasy or fairy tale
than actual real life. Let’s face it, while I love designer
clothing and scour the internet and stores imagining what I would look
like in everything from Dolce & Gabanna to Chanel
I can’t
afford to go out and buy the hottest trends season after season. Plus,
I’m a mid-western girl; I think the most modern trends look good on
everyone else but me.

Pity for you, you may be thinking, since the most recent trends have been over-the-top retro ensembles, but that will soon be coming to an end with at least one of the trends slated for this fall: Minimalism.
While there may be moans and groans from you die hard fashionistas out
there who covet the new and extravagant patterns and materials and
exuberant shapes and cuts that many designers showcase on the runway
from one season to the next, don’t get too down. Just think of all the
talent and craftsmanship that goes into simple and classic pieces of
clothing. It’s designers like Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Ralph
Lauren who are able to rework their classic designs and make them new
and fresh each season and still encourage us to shop their lines, even
when you have almost the exact same thing from them from a previous
These American designers with their simple cuts and elegant
silhouettes have been around for years and even though they are still
on the top of their game there is one designer who is slowly taking
over rank within this classic American style, Cuban born designer, Narciso Rodriguez.
And it’s no wonder Narciso is becoming one of America’s top designers
(even though he was born in Cuba he was raised in New Jersey, so we
American’s can claim him as our own). Prior to launching his own line
in 1998 Narciso worked for Donna Karen and Calvin Klein and was able to learn their aesthetics and develop his own.

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