Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine
In the early days of fall, when the rumblings signaling the collapse
of the American banking system were still barely audible, the feathered
headpiece trend among the fashion forward was in full swing. Spawned by
the Parisian couture shows in July, fueled by street vendors in New
York’s SoHo district, and championed by Kenley Collins of Project Runway fame, the smaller-than-a-cocktail-hat accessory soon appeared on well-dressed heads everywhere.
However, the emerging trend disappeared almost instantly with the first
major dips in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Could it be that the
fashion elite were suddenly afraid of being compared to Marie
Antoinette’s coterie of “featherheads”, those extravagant courtiers
whose feathered headpieces fluttered as the Ancien Regime collapsed
around them? Has frivolity fled fashion as our economy enters recession?
Dark times call for dark fashion – and I don’t mean the
Goth-inspired looks from the runways that tweens everywhere are
emulating in the aftermath of the long-awaited teen vampire romance Twilight.
I mean that the very same woman who normally pushes the fashion
envelope is now trooping around the city in a plain dark unadorned coat
looking as drab as a soldier in Mao’s army.
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