It seems fairly unlikely that when Irwin Shaw wrote “The Girls in Their Summer Dresses,” his classic paean to “a million wonderful women, all over the city,” drifting along the pavement as warm breezes tugged at their hems, he could have envisioned a day when those “girls” would as likely be men. Sexist and dated as Shaw’s much anthologized 1939 story may be, it did lay out truths about urban existence and the unalloyed joy of looking. Those pleasures, largely withheld over the last 16 months, have returned as we venture forth from our caves. To the delighted surprise of at least one observer, a considerable number of us apparently used the time in confinement to rethink some shibboleths about who gets to wear what. Khoa Sinclair, for instance, treated lockdown as a time of experimentation, a chance to push a style already liberated from rigid binary conventions into the realm of “next-level femininity.” So there was Mx. Sinclair, 26, on a recent warm afternoon sauntering … [Read more...] about The Boys in Their Summer Dresses
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Welcome to the T List, a brand-new newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. Each week, we’ll be sharing five things we are eating, wearing, listening to or coveting now. We hope you’ll join us for the ride. ( Sign up here , if you haven’t already, and you can reach us at [email protected] .) See This New (and Updated) Works From a New York Art Legend By Kate Guadagnino Last year, I had the chance to speak with the artist and poet John Giorno about performing at CBGB and other downtown Manhattan spots in the ’80s. The 82-year-old is still making new work and has a solo show opening tomorrow at Sperone Westwater, which is just a block or so from his Bowery studio . I was most excited to learn that it will include an updated version of Giorno’s 1968 work “Dial-a-Poem,” which incorporates recordings of spoken-word recitations; a push-button phone has replaced the rotary one, and bonus poems read by John Ashbery, Helen Adam, Eileen … [Read more...] about The T List: What to See, Eat and Wear This Week
THE ANCIENT GREEKS put fate in the hands of three old women, goddesses who spun the thread of life, twisted it to allot each individual a measure of joy or sorrow, and wielded the “abhorred shears” (in the poet John Milton’s phrase) that could cut life short. The Greeks knew something that artists, along with a new generation of “craftivists” (people combining craft with activism), are rediscovering — that fiber (woven, knitted, braided, quilted, crocheted, embroidered) can be an expressive medium, one more powerful, perhaps, for its ubiquity. Textiles, after all, accompany us on nearly every step of life: We are born and swaddled, buried in shrouds; most of us are even conceived between sheets. The renewed embrace of fiber might have something to do with our increasingly virtual world, scrubbed freer every day of human contact and face-to-face interaction. Textiles, in contrast, are earthy and inherently tactile. We speak of the “hand” of fabric, meaning the feel of it — whether … [Read more...] about Some of the Most Provocative Political Art is Made With Fibers
In the Before Times, said Rebecca Rittenberg, a 28-year-old who works in advertising sales for Google in New York, one of her favorite parts about going to the office was “showing up in a funky, cool professional outfit.” A smart pair of pants, colorful or patterned blouses, blazers, skirts, dresses, heeled boots and designer sneakers were all part of her wardrobe, which she used to express her personality and keep up with her stylish ad world colleagues. Now, after eight months of working from home, and with Google saying workers won’t have to return in person until next summer at the earliest, a big swath of that apparel has been donated and replaced. Ms. Rittenberg’s new definition of “work clothes” includes cashmere cardigans and joggers, headbands, and other cozy garments that fall somewhere in the “healthy in-between” of pajamas and blazers. “I looked at my stuff I used to wear to the office all the time and thought, ‘When am I ever going to touch this again?’” … [Read more...] about Goodbye, Blazers; Hello, ‘Coatigans.’ Women Adjust Attire to Work at Home.
Let us consider, for a moment, the Zoom sweater. Or rather, the ideal Zoom sweater. Will it be thick and reassuring, or thin and wrappable? Pullover or cardigan? Round neck, V-neck or high-neck? These are not immaterial questions. The Zoom sweater is, after all, the seasonal next wardrobe step after the Zoom shirt: the garment that stays draped on a chair and tossed on for meetings as the long, hot, summer of the pandemic segues into cooler, more unpredictable months. For some, this may seem liberating: A final declaration of independence from the suit, and proof that after months of dressing for ourselves — and our perch in the corner of the couch — we have been freed from the constrictive suiting of white collar yesteryear (and all the antediluvian fashion rules they represent). And yet my heart sinks at the prospect. Here’s the problem: How will we know how we want to dress if we’ve got no colleagues around from whom to take our cues? No role models to emulate? If a tree … [Read more...] about Behold, ‘Workleisure’