Mod Squad: Fashion Ditches The Mini And Goes Long


There’s been a slew of appointments today and in the rush to keep up with who’s working where, we almost missed the New York Times’ proclamation that the long, lean and willowy look is back. And no (thankfully) we’re not talking about models.

Instead, the Times has it that like LiLo after a night on the town, hemlines are hitting the floor. So take a moment to call up your trainer and cancel your session, because apparently you’re not going to be needing Gwyneth‘s gams anytime soon.

The Times observes:


“Street-sweeping skirts have been embraced by a handful of vanguard merchants offering elongated tank dresses, tubular skirts, taper-slim halter dresses and one-shoulder columns that appeal to women who want something less ostentatious.”

But make no mistake, the monastic maxi of the moment is far more militant than its free-loving forebears. In fact, according to the Times, the style represents a subversive revolt against all that is mico and mini. Put in its proper Bravo-lebrity context: less Rachel Zoe more Andrew Mukamal. They are “darker and more sophisticated” than last summer’s flounced beach dresses, said Morgan Yakus, a partner at downtown mecca No.6.

Of course, with hemlines an all important marker of economic efficacy, we’ve got to wonder if this all seems a bit presumptuous? Couldn’t we take a cautionary pit stop with Louis Vuitton at tea length? Maybe. At least until Kate Moss joins the mod squad and steps out in an ankle-grazing number, and then well, say so long to your knees.

[Top left image via NYT.]

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