Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Life's Sweet Revenge. Part 2: Decadence.

In Part 1 of Life's' Sweet Revenge I discussed the shift away from the tech minimalism of the 90's and the emergence of more resonant, organic forms. The most obvious manifestation being the use of floral patterns as well as animal and insect imagery.

I've really enjoyed window shopping along Madison Ave (uptown) this fall. Lots of black, fur, leather and metal hardware in women's fashion. Very sexy and very decadent, just the way I like it. The ornamental use of materials derived from living creatures (or materials that look like they were) has a decadent, visceral sensuality.

La Perla.
These snaps shots don't do the Madison Ave shop's window display justice. It's stunning..


I can't remember where this is from, but its cool.

Roberto Cavalli

Alessandro Dell'Acqua

The current wave of decadence is not limited to the fashions, it can be seen in the narrative themes of window displays and advertising as well. I've spotted a lot of crowns, thrones scepters. saddles, riding crops, suits of armor and taxidermied animals. Fashion is enjoying wrapping itself in the trappings of aristocracy and historical signifiers.

Dolche & Gabbana

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