Haute couture, elegance, style and sophistication. While visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I had the opportunity to see the works of a great fashion icon, Jacqueline de Ribes. Not only was she a designer, but she was an entrepreneur as well. Her original works, from 1962 to present, are featured at The Met and provides a taste of elegance that is much needed today.
After reviewing this exhibit, I began to reminiscence about how we got dressed for Sunday morning service, and Saturday night parties. Yes, we partied and then went to Church the next day (and in some cases) the same day. Because, if you were in our home and had our parents, going to church wasn’t an option. Hahaha! We got dressed for work and made sure that those clothes could easily be transformed into the evening “after work attire”. I miss those days.
My challenge is to make style and elegance in dress popular again. Consider wearing a colorful scarf around your neck or wrist. Add a scarf to your purse as it would increase your sense of style. Consider heels or nice flats as opposed gym shoes or sneakers. Young men, consider a belt that buckles at the waist and not below. Consider a hat as opposed to a hoodie...a homburg should do the trick.
The Art of Style on exhibit at The Met, featuring Jacqueline de Ribes, is Couture. Countess de Ribes’ sense of style had a tremendous impact in the fashion industry as she incorporated layering, colors; and in some cases used inexpensive fabrics in her designs. An entrepreneur, a designer, a woman...hats off to Jacqueline de Ribes. She made it happen. And maybe, just maybe a few of her elements of design will come into realization today.