Three’s A Trend: Western Promises
Ah, the American West of old. It embodies an ideal that a trifecta of designers have tapped, perhaps unwittingly, in their Fall ’13 Couture collections. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld channeled tumbleweed towns with a quilted, three-quarter-sleeved gown (above, center). He upped the frontier factor with a geometric headpiece, which, intended to be an ode to Grace Jones, vaguely resembled an oversized, futuristic bonnet. Perhaps Lagerfeld was thinking about the house’s upcoming December 2013 Métiers d’Art show in Dallas.
Raf Simons paid homage to Millicent Rogers at Christian Dior (Rogers was a supporter of Mr. Dior), citing her “strong” and “cowboylike” American attitude as inspiration. A scarlet and midnight neck scarf shown with a black and blue separates look (above, left) screamed “outlaw.” And Ulyana Sergeenko—a woman from about as far away from Kansas as they come—offered a simple, almost colonial-era frock, complete with a strict, tied-off bonnet (above, right). Laura Ingalls Wilder would have appreciated it; however, if you’re in the market for one of these outfits, your house on the prairie probably ain’t so little.