The revelations of the past six months that have coalesced into the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have had us thinking a lot about the opening salvos of the sexual revolution and the heroines of those early battles for equality in the workplace and the bedroom. This winter, we found ourselves intently listening to the emotionally honest chanteuses of the ’60s and ’70s and, in particular, to Carly Simon, admiring her lovely melodies and unflinching yet poetic candor. When we watched the Fall 2018 runways in New York, what stood out were the clothes that shared the qualities we so admire in Simon: fierce, unapologetic femininity and feminism, head to toe.
On the final day of the collections, Fashion Editor Jorden Bickham and director Charlotte Wales gathered a gaggle of our favorite collaborators—including Cardi B, Paris Jackson, Ashley Graham, Karen Elson, Grace Elizabeth, Isabeli Fontana, Elsa Hosk, and Cindy Bruna, among others—for a gorgeous sing-along to “You’re So Vain.” Did it matter that not one of these ladies was alive when Simon first unleashed this diatribe to fill in the blank (Warren Beatty?) nearly 50 years ago? Not at all. Truth and beauty know no age . . . and who among us has not had some dreams that were merely clouds in our coffee? Behold, the beautiful fall.
“I bet you think” . . . this dress is unflattering, but you’d be wrong. From Raf Simons for Calvin Klein and worn here by Jean Campbell, it’s wafty in front, narrow and delicate in back, and both earthy and angelic to the nth degree. This is what captivating looks like.
“Like you were walking onto a yacht” . . . which seems the natural environment for these two high-gloss, deftly embroidered evening dresses from Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Oscar de la Renta. Grace Hartzel and Karen Elson couldn’t agree more.
“All the girls dreamed” . . . that they could be as game-changing as Cardi B or don something as fabulous as Area by Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg, the influential creators of wicked-cool eveningwear.
“Such a pretty pair” . . . Hannah Ferguson anchors Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte’s lace confection of a dress with a shoulder train with steely, shimmery ankle boots.
“You walked into the party” . . . and all heads turned, as though you were as spectacular as Yasmin. The coat by Carolina Herrera is a party in itself; the dress by Christian Siriano, a closet classic in the making.
“Your hat strategically dipped below one eye” . . . but was it made by Marc Jacobs to finish off a kickass, mega-statement coat and boot ensemble, worn here and in the show by Tara Lynn? We think not.
“You watched yourself gavotte” . . . so you need a dress worthy of such a dance. Grace Elizabeth is ready for all fetes and danses in Michael Kors’s strapless cocktail frock.
“You had me” . . . at the Alexander Wang dagger-heeled pumps, and his dress is perfection, too. Adut Akech makes body-con relevant for today.