Bill Cunningham of NYTimes and his piece on Pencil Skirts on "women going to business" in NYC was another media riff of magnificence. Cunningham dissects the street fashion in print but it is his online takes as opposed to his print pieces in the paper version, with his personal commentary that I've discovered, after I left NYC, is just divine. He discusses the new thing on the streets of NYC: The pencil skirt -- "A saucy, sagacious look worn with high heels... The French cut skirt that is cut to cup under the derriere...Skirts work on the body as "second skin"... For men, it is very sexy... I've seen it everywhere this summer." It is a great look. At the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (in its fifth year this year) women were wearing everything artistically, I noticed, as I strided around in my soaking bootcast in the rainstorm on the preview night. Santa Fe, unlike NYC, is not a business city.
And now I'm in Hot Hot Humid Houston in a boot cast - the city that wears shorts everywhere in the summertime. My youngest daughter, when she attended high school in Manhattan at an IB school, thought the classroom discussion on fashion (it was a business class she took, no less) was interesting. They referred to places, such as Texas (we had lived in Houston for 11 years) where people wore "sports clothes" as everyday attire. This was (aha, gasp! GASP!!) such news to discuss in the NYC classrooms where women only wear sports attire to workout. True in lots of places around the world.
The fashion rage, for men and women, is designer sunglasses and I can attest to that with two of my children who love to spend their money on eyewear. While the average handbag price has declined 14% in the past year, but sales figures for handbags are still up, it is the designer sunglasses that keep going up in price and perhaps it is men driving the sales, it is said.
I'm schlepping around, offline, in the soaring heat of Hot Houston, which is not as hot as Hotlanta where I lived for four years before Houston, where everyone wore Talbots.
And Houston: still freezing indoors. The pencil skirts would work well here. Believe it or not, Houston was my favorite fashion shopping place above NYC and Atlanta. Women, aging, boot casts, fashion and "cuteness" -- all on my mind, post-50. Sweatin' it out in Houston in July. In pants cropped just below the knee. Suitable for bootcast walking. Mais oui, seeing the girl friends that are on my life-long friend list. ;)