fashion, redux: Macho America Storms Europe's Runways

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Wed Jul 2 22:04:12 MDT 2003


in the matter of Chris Brady's post on Elizabeth Hawes and marxist
fashion:

Macho America Storms Europe's Runways
By CATHY HORYN


PARIS, July 2 -- A remarkable reversal of sentiment and symbolism has
occurred in the five months since designers here and in Milan and
London, the site of fervent antiwar rallies, displayed peace flags
and, in one instance, staged a love-in that featured a couple in a
bed. At that time, European opposition to President Bush's position on
Iraq ran so high that Tom Ford, the creative director of Gucci and a
fellow Texan, told reporters after his women's show in February, "I'm
embarrassed to be an American."

But last week in Milan, on the same runway where he had criticized the
president, Mr. Ford struck an image that symbolized the virile Texas
cowboy in boots and broad hat. Other tried-and-true symbols of
American strength and power appeared at Prada, as correct displays of
1950's country-club attire; at Jean Paul Gaultier, as waistcoats
inspired by James West, the 1960's television cowboy version of James
Bond; at Junya Watanabe, as battle jackets and cartridge belts
fashioned from banker's broadcloth; and at Louis Vuitton, as
well-scrubbed young men in tennis whites and navy blazers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/03/fashion/03DRES.html





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