Time for a change

October 15, 2014


Carolina Herrera, the famous designer of women’s fashions, caused a lot of comment recently when she was quoted as saying, “regular New Yorkers have horrendous style”. Reported by the Page Six Team on nypost.com, 9/1/14 she goes on to say, “I have never seen people so badly dressed in my life!”

Herrera’s complaint originally appeared in Haute Living’s September fashion issue where she gives voice to the worst fashion offense: crop tops on those who should cover up. “When you are very young and you have a wonderful figure you can pull it off,” Herrera says, “but whenever I see this style, it’s usually on the wrong person.”

Coming from the fashionista who’s dressed Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Allison Williams, Renée Zellweger and Michelle Obama gives a lot of weight to her comments about the common citizenry’s appearance and how it has hit an all-time low.


I totally agree with the designer because I’ve been thinking along the same lines myself. I walk 30 blocks round-trip every day on Fifth Avenue in New York to go work. Here are a few observations:

BRA STRAPS What is it about summer attire? Every year, as it gets warmer, Manhattan turns into jungle of bra straps of every color, hue, width and fabric. The company that solves this problem should go down in the history books – along with the invention of the wheel.

MINI SKIRTS On a young lady with slim legs this is great. However, two points that should be considered before putting on a mini, namely: age and weight. Enough said.


Huge changes have taken place in the working world in the last 20 years. Some of them are terrific. But recently, I believe things have gone too far. Here are a few observations:

SHORT SHORTS I work in the creative department of an ad agency. And there is a certain amount of latitude where the dress code is concerned. But short shorts?

SHREDDED JEANS A current fashion that’s okay. But in the office it’s a bit much. We all wear regular blue jeans and they look fine. But let’s say “no” to this look.

FLIP FLOPS Once they were just worn at the beach. They should have stayed there. But, they haven’t. In fact, they’re ubiquitous. At work, on the street – one sees them everywhere. Let’s hope this trend passes.


Adea has definitely solved the bra strap problem with its uniquely designed camisole in a terrific range of 17 glorious colors.

- Shaun

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