Saturday Night Live opened tonight with a fake presidential debate hosted by mock Brian Williams and Tim Russert. Williams and Russert were bored by healthcare and were overly nice to Obama, while Amy Poehler, as Hillary Clinton, played mildly indignant.
After the debate, instead of the opening credits, there was an "Editorial Response." The real Senator Clinton, seated at a desk and wearing the same brown tweed as Poehler's Clinton, said how she loved the skit and was happy to be back in New York, if only for a few hours. Then Amy Poehler, still in character as the senator, joined Clinton at the desk. They chatted, during which time Clinton asked Poehler if she really laughed like Poehler's Clinton and asked for her earrings back. The New York Senator then said, "Live from New York it's Saturday night!"
Like a minimalist, he cut away everything that wasn’t necessary. Don’t need a swell of fabric on the arms? Strip it down to arm bands! The coats that followed were of unlined patent leather, so glossy and supple that it looked like vinyl or rubber. At the models’ necks and wrists were sparkling silver jewelry. Men’s fabrics also figured in the collection, as rounded jackets worn with short, laser-like skirts. Ghesquiere finished with slim (but not body-hugging) latex dresses that were printed and embroidered in classical motifs, with robin’s egg blue as a prime color. If you think how Jean Paul Gaultier once approached latex (and still does) as a fetish object, this was the opposite story. In fact, the collection looked very wearable, and more womanly–let’s not say mature–than ever before. It’s interesting how Ghesquiere can draw from the same period and genre as Galliano, at least this season, and extract such different, thought-provoking, fashion-moving results.
Read Cathy Horyn’s latest fashion review from Paris Fashion Week here.