From Midi, to Ankle, to Floor-length: The Hemline for 2014
It’s February and I’m walking from the shows in Lincoln Center to my hotel room at the Hudson and from the runway to the streets I noticed a measurable drop in hemlines. Both on the models and regular fashion gals… this got me thinking… will the drop continue?
Today while watching the Pink Tartan show at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, I couldn’t help but stare at the elongated hemlines. On simple sheath dresses to buoyant cocktail frocks, length was most important. Kimberley Newport-Mimran feeds into the concept that sweet and simple is everything. She also understands where to draw the line at tooth ache sweet and cutesy chic. Full skirts, thick textiles and as I’ve mentioned before… an on-trend hemline.
What does this mean socially? Are we maneuvering into a slightly classier society? Longer hemlines are a step away from mundane and help take us to a place where day-to-day is that much more classy. And by classy I mean classic… the long cut skirts lengths often hint at a recession simply because we splurge on fun when the money flows but buy basics when we feel the pinch. But this isn;t just my crazy brain thinking away it’s from an actual theory called the “Skirt Length Theory” which goes something like this:
“Skirt Length Theory
The idea that skirt lengths are a predictor of the stock market direction. According to the theory, if skirts are short, it means the markets are going up. And if skirt are long, it means the markets are heading down. Also called the Hemline Theory.”
Hermes, Chanel, Balmain, Gucci and Alexander McQueen all took to the trend with longer lengths for both short and longer styles of skirts meaning that the all too popular Pink Tartan Midi is about to get an updated look with a longer length. Let’s hope the markets don’t crash tomorrow.
Long Story Short… Longer hemlines are what you should be investing in for Spring 2014. If… you can find them in stores before March of next year.