posted by: freePOrnaoa in General on March 25th, 2009
Who doesn’t love New York Times street style photographer Bill Cunningham? Personally, I would kill to be walking around my beloved New York streets one day and hear a bike whizz by, then screech to a rubber-burning halt because Bill Cunningham wants to photograph me in some chic outfit (unfortunately, I would probably be wearing schlumpy yoga pants and sneakers if he went by). How cute is it that this fashion-loving man rides his bike around the city taking photos of daring-looking ladies? Unfortunately, he seems to mostly photograph rich ladies in midtown, in the land of the quadruple B’s, i.e. Bendel, Bergdorf, Bloomingdale’s and Barneys, not below 14th Street or in Brooklyn where youngsters like yours truly can be found bargain hunting. (Please ride your vintage cruiser over the Williamsburg bridge and do a special on wacky Williamsburg styles, Bill!)
Bill recently did a series of photographs and this fantastic video on the fashionable legwear at the Paris shows. Well, what are you going to see when you see legwear? Shoes, of course! And one of the pairs that Bill comments on are the famed Dior Goddess heels. Yes, apparently people (are still) really wearing those things. Here they are to refresh your memory.
What does everyone think about the trend of shiny patent leather/latex-looking leggings? I, for one, am NOT a fan, and I was born in the 80′s! I just think it’s not the right look for most of these ladies. I think it looks confusing with all the other bling going on with shoes or they’re too tight or both. I’m all for patterned, embellished, colored or seamed tights, but the supershiny ones are a bit too reflective for me. Whether latex or leather or nylon, I just think they’re too tight to be used as pants. Less tight ones look less Catwoman-y and foolish. Latex is for superheroes, not mere mortals.
Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Lindsay and Rihanna can’t even seem to make them look right, just throwing a black top on with them that sort of vaguely hangs over their crotch area. Awkward!
As the infamous mean girls said in Gossip Girl World, it’s a cardinal sin to mistake tights for leggings. I just think those shiny puppies should stay under the wraps of boots and skirts, with an occasional peekout. A rockstar and occasonal fashionista like Chanel Iman can really make them work with leather Louboutin Ariella boots, but I think it’s 80s fashion disaster for most of us. Not every girl can rock it like Pat Benatar, after all.
And even worse, don’t end up looking like a gold 70s American Apparel disco disaster.