Haute Historian: The Rebirth of The Jean Jacket

It can be light wash or dark wash, patched, worn or crisp. It’s the perfect jacket: light for spring and worn heavier with layers for fall. It’s one of those pieces that repeatedly comes back in style, without ever really going out. It’s the jean jacket and it’s beloved by celebrities, hipsters and rock ‘n rollers …

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Haute Historian: Betsey Johnson's Youthquake Revolution

At the end of every fashion show, Betsey Johnson performs a cartwheel down the runway. It’s a long tradition the famed designer still turns out at 72-years-old! And so, when Johnson accepted this year’s Lifetime Achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, it was only fitting that she cartwheel her way onto …

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Haute Historian: If The Shoe Fits…

Although heels have been synonymous with elegant women’s footwear for some time now, men originally wore them—and they were practical! The Persian cavalry—the largest in the world by the end of the 1600s—wore heeled boots on horseback because the heels could steady their feet more easily in stirrups (think: cowboy boots). When the Persians went …

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Haute Historian: Culottes Then And Now

Culottes began their fashion journey as a men’s pant—in the Renaissance era, upper class men wore breeches (or culottes in French). Often made out of silk, they were fitted trousers that were fastened just below the knee. They became so synonymous with the upper class that when the French Revolution came around in the late–1700s, …

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Haute Historian: Alexander Liberman's Influential 50-Year Reign

We all recognize the trope of the fashion magazine editor. Think Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada: opinionated; honest; a force to be reckoned with. As Vogue’s art and editorial director from 1941-1994, Alexander Liberman may not have been easy to work with—in fact, he is a controversial figure in the fashion …

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