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Friday, September 19, 2003
On a lighter note, why am I interested at all in Fashion Week Spring 2004? I'll never wear the actual clothing spotlighted, and it's very likely that I won't even buy anything merely inspired by these clothes. It all looks like the Spring 2003 Fashion Week stuff, which all looked like... Okay, maybe not. But has the "uniform" of Americans between the ages of 14 and 25 changed to any great degree during the past three years? And what can we do now? Waistlines can't get any lower, shirt/skirt/short hems can't go higher, Fashion has tried every print and fabric known to man in order to tempt us to buy... and nothing looks NEW anymore.

Maybe a sartorial revolution's imminent. Maybe, when the designers have sucked every variation dry on every wardrobe theme they can think of, that's when someone bursts onto the scene, bearing something that had never been conceptualized before--and everyone, starved for variety, buys it. Or maybe we're looking in the wrong place--could men's fashion be where the revolution's taking place? Don't laugh--it wasn't until the mid-19th century that the suit as we know it today was solidified. During the middle period of Louis XIV's reign men's breeches were as lacy as, if not lacier than, women's skirts.

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