April 2nd, 2020
On My Mind

How I Dressed Then Is How I Want To Dress Now

While unpacking I unearthed a bunch of items from 1998 and 1999. This discovery got me musing about my favorite Spring shows of all time. Marc’s SS99 collection for Louis Vuitton holds the number one spot — I still have the white poncho even though it’s unwearable. In a wonderful twist of fate, I started casting the LV show the next season. The Calvin Klein and Prada SS98/99 collections are close seconds.

A seminal moment in fashion history, this sliver of time crystalized my fashion sensibility. It’s how I want to dress right now, tomorrow, and forever. Instead of exhausting the Netflix library or learning to bake bread (I can’t find a bag of flour, anyway), I should remind myself how to sew. Maybe it’s time to design some of my own clothes.

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  • Timeless! Love that gun metal grey skirt

    amandaApril 2nd, 2020  7:45 PM

     
  • Wow, fabulous & timeless! How wonderful to have those memories.

    SusanApril 2nd, 2020  9:05 PM

     
  • What timeless looks! I’m working on an area to set up my sewing machine too. We might be home for awhile… If you start designing. please share!

    SheriApril 2nd, 2020  11:00 PM

     
  • How wonderful! If you do relearn how to sew will you share with us how? Can’t think of a better way to make just what you want to wear.

    SRApril 3rd, 2020  4:11 AM

     
  • I just read the last line twice and giggled with excitement…get to it ❤️

    Amy Thorne RichardsonApril 3rd, 2020  5:59 AM

     
  • So good! Was that his first or second collection? One of my favourites too. Sublime casting.

    disneyrollergirlApril 3rd, 2020  6:46 AM

     
  • Second collection.

    PrestonApril 3rd, 2020  6:55 AM

     
  • Amber’s look at the bottom is my spring/summer uniform , with different combos of black white and grey. So hard to find perfect cut like that for top and skirt. The proportions are just perfect. Looks great with platform tretorn or flat form espadrille

    JessApril 3rd, 2020  8:03 AM

     
  • Still my favorite and only way I dress.. Not my inspiration— it just suits me best.. but definitely encapsulates the late timeless STYLE of CBK.

    LindyApril 3rd, 2020  8:14 AM

     
  • Love every piece! So timeless. Moving has had a positive effect on you! If you have the talent and attention to detail needed to sew, I think it’s so exciting! And where has all the flour gone? ( long time passing . . . .) seriously, learning a new skill right now sounds like a wonderful way to get through this. Hoping you have hoards of fabric somewhere. . . Can’t wait to hear how it goes. And if not, you’ve given us all some great fashion looks!

    Paula BApril 3rd, 2020  8:25 AM

     
  • I’ll echo the “timeless” theme – the ’90s had a huge impact on my fashion sensibility and these are the kinds of clothes I still look for (and hardly ever find). I won’t sew my own, but you’ve inspired me to edit and focus my closet. These images remind me of LSD’s comment about the Spring ’20 collection from The Row: “rarely does a collection make me question everything I currently have in my closet”.

    Lisa MacApril 3rd, 2020  11:36 AM

     
  • Happy Friday, from the comforts of our home (insert gratefulness). As always, these pieces are TDF. You did say 1999, and they are as stylish and beautiful today. Simple neckline, perfect hem length, and clean lines. Love!

    myda y.April 3rd, 2020  12:28 PM

     
  • Yes to every look!

    MarianneApril 3rd, 2020  12:52 PM

     
  • I’ve been sewing since having to shelter in place. I have a ton of fabric (“stash”) to sew into garments. Thanks for this post which is indeed inspiring! Simple, but very chic and timeless clothes! I’ll be going through my patterns…

    RebeccaApril 4th, 2020  11:00 AM

     
  • I dressed this way then, I dress this way now. Love 90’s minimalism. Should I send you some flour;) I can’t find dry yeast…

    IsabelApril 4th, 2020  2:06 PM

     
  • I ran up to our lake house in mid March to chk on things and grabbed my sewing machine while there. I’ve fashioned something pretty good looking face masks:)
    Now, my quest. Taking my Anine Bing skirt and getting some material to riff off that white crinkle Prada skirt. That would be lovely and I think in my wheelhouse.
    Stay safe and healthy Preston and KIC readership.
    Dana S
    Minneapolis

    DanaApril 4th, 2020  2:56 PM

     
  • Do it!

    SamApril 6th, 2020  3:54 PM

     

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