PRINT December 1996

Q & A


“Something a little more Amish? Definitely no zippers,” opined semiretired demimondaine and style muse Miss V. Prepping for this piece, I began polling a long list of style-watchers, with no armature except time (the past year) and a polarity (best and worst) around which to drape their reactions. It was, of course, the worst time of year to embark on such a quest—October finds dedicated followers of fashion stationary only when the tray tables are in an upright position and the seat-belt lights are on. Calls to Milan, Paris, London, Los Angeles will inevitably find those sought someplace between where they were and where they will be, which, it appears, is where we all find ourselves these days.

As the style pendulum swings ever faster, market-manipulated taste reversals-tailored/flowing, matte/shiny, vamp/baby-blue/metallic/plum—cancel each other out. Consensus crumbling, we ricochet from

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