Monday, January 16, 2012

long and lean

Remember this moment, friends.

Natalie Portman's Lanvin dress probably won't be the most talked-about one worn to the 2012 Golden Globes but I reckon it might be a bit of a game-changer. At first glance the gown looks like a slightly cheesy nod to the famous pink Travilla gown worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. On closer inspection, however, I think one can detect the influence of some of Christian Dior's Y-Line designs of the mid-1950s:

"Dovima with the Elephants” by Richard Avedon, August 1955. Dress by Christian Dior

For some decades now voluminous skirts and fish-tails have dominated the red carpets. Here's hoping that Portman's dress marks a return to the very sophisticated line of structured and slim full-length skirts. God knows it's time for the fish-tail to take a bow.

p.s. Yes Jonathan Saunders! Yes!
Jonathan Saunders Pre-Fall 2012

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