For me, fall is always the best and most interesting fashion season. The magazines are bigger, the clothing is more luxurious, and the trends are better. But this fall is extra special. No longer is fashion inclined toward extremes such as neon, shoulders and skin-tight. Instead, designers appear to have finally taken a step back, observed what the female body actually looks like (this just in: tits!), and instead of forcing it into a myriad of silly albeit very aesthetically interesting garments, they have decided to celebrate it.
So what sparked this sudden onslaught of deliciously ladylike looks after years of loving on designs meant to fit the bodies of 16 year old girls instead of 36-106 year old women? Here is what I think can be called the recipe for great clothing:
Start with 1 big, bag of the recession: A lot of people lost a lot of money, which means design houses realized they could not just slap on a $5000 price-tag without explanation. We now want to know why we are paying that price or we want to pay less. Oh, and also? We want to wear it for longer than a season.
5 teaspoons of learning how to eat again: I think a lot of people woke up to just how exhausting a constant diet is on both the mind and body. So instead of fighting our curves with non-fat everything we are starting to pay attention to how we eat in a much healthier way. Eat local, eat organic and eat some butter, because baby, it is sooo not the enemy. Our diet books have gone from Skinny Bitch to Eat Clean and our exercise routines have gone from forcing our bodies into endless spin class and weight lifting to listening to what our bodies want to do, whether it's a run a marathon or a half hour of yoga.
3 cups of model management: After nourishing our brains a bit, the ladies of the world also had a moment of 'Wait, so why exactly is a prepubescent girl modeling this clothing? If I am expected to buy it, I want to see someone who looks like me wearing it!' Isn't it interesting what a little butter can do? All of a sudden Crystal Renn is walking for Chanel, Lara Stone is hitting supermodel status with body measurements and an age way outside the norm (size 4, 32-D and 26 years old), and aging models who formerly would have been done due to a normal twenty-something weight gain have instead simply flourished (oh hey Coco Rocha and Daria Werbowy).2 pinches of nostalgia: Call it the Mad Men effect, but we women are really starting to get excited over the little things. Jeans that allow you to bend over without fear, skirts that accentuate the waist, shoes we can walk in (which does not necessarily mean without a heel) and the comeback of everything classic. Trench coats, loafers and blouses never looked so good. Refinement is back and even the rocker chic girls are learning the value of great fit.
So here's to hoping the three B's are not simply trends too good to be true. That maybe fashion got served with a healthy dose of female empowerment and feminism. That instead of plus-size models being an exciting anomaly, they become runway regulars. And that maybe, just maybe, the body has made a full-on comeback.