Many American women have one idea what evening clothes are: based loosely on what they wore to the prom, writes New York style and fashion consultant Julie Hackett. We started into adulthood with much to learn.
Noblesse, success or wretched excess? Once the rarified domain of Kings, Kaisers and crooners, the tailor shops of Savile Row have lately relied on the patronage of bankers and hedge fund managers who have brought the world's economy to the brink. Until a recovery, James Sherwood's new book may prove to be a quaint souvenir of a time gone by.
"As talk of recession, global warming and terrorism buzzed around the front rows, the fashion pack were expecting more than usual from the designers this season", writes Shine Anthony-Dharan from Paris and London.
Cooper-Hewitt show includes dresses by Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Emilio Pucci, Cristobal Balenciaga, Viktor & Rolf, along with late 18th-century gowns and late 19th-century bustle-style dresses.