When Army Meets Barbie/冷酷軍裝 V.S. 芭比娃娃
Fall & Winter fashion 2001 celebrates the juxtaposition of neutral and womanly styles. Carrying on the frenzy that started out in Spring & Summer, military garb takes center stage in this season thanks to the warfare engaged by the U.S. and Afghanistan. Grass camouflage, desert hunting garments and officer-style coats, coupled with accessories such as epaulets, pockets with coverings and metal buttons, readily transform ladies into military officers. Besides, feminine dresses, long and short, are also in the spotlight of this year's fashion world.
Military boots, particularly long ones made of genuine leather, are a must among this season's military accessories. As opposed to last year's simplicity, broad variations turn up this year, showcasing the use of strings, straps, and high heels. The length of boots can go either up or down the knees. Black and brick red are the most popular on the color spectrum.
Back to the feminine ground, three major styles - hippy & yuppie, new rendition of retro, and romantic girls' look - combine to play out the unique qualities of women, as seen in detailed designs, cuttings and colors. Narrow-top & wide-bottom motif, pleat, falbala, and layered ornaments are employed to carve out a Barbie look, which highlight the sweetness and innocence of the doll figure. Brisk and lively colors such as Turkey blue, purple, orange and red dominate Barbie's palette.
Ladies aspiring to show a strong personality can just feel free to put together styles of their own. A striped top can go with a polka dot skirt, or even a suit-style denim jacket, which manifest modernity in old fashion, representative of the self-assertive yet chic look sought by youngsters of the so-called e-generation, who advocate a stress-free life.