It turns out this is a big week for several kick-ass, enterprising and creative young Millennial women we know and love here at WTF?! Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe LaPine’s Millennial cookbook IN THE SMALL KITCHEN just came out. And now! We’re thrilled to check out Friday’s trunk show for Elizabeth Olliver’s Fall 2011 Collection.
The Millennial woman is a psychological chameleon, defined by a churning variety of thoughts, feelings, passions, goals (long-term, short-term, and next-five-minutes-term), ambitions, desires, priorities, indulgences, disciplines and aspirations. We moon over our Boyfriend Prospects. We fight for that promotion, start that non-profit, write that novel. We uproot our lives when we don’t feel quite fulfilled enough. We rise to the challenge, whatever it happens to be today.
We rely on our families and our girlfriends and our dahs for advice and perspective, because – as a dead white male has said – the unexamined life is not worth living. We crave a richness and breadth of life experience (that’s why Dating & Hookup has Accessories, Ego Boosters, Hot Sex Prospects and Super Horny Guys in addition to the aforementioned BFP). YES: we want to fall in love and forge a lasting, strong relationship that will sustain us through the rest of our lives. But we don’t intend to settle.
Sounds awesome, right? I’m excited to keep living my life on these terms. But the real question is: What to wear????
Enter Elizabeth Olliver… (read more)
Fall 2011 marks the second collection of little black dresses from Elizabeth Olliver, a clothing line dedicated to the women who have influenced designer Elizabeth Stinson throughout her life. I first met Elizabeth when we were scrawny high schoolers on a family trip to Bolivia, and I was impressed and excited when I heard that she had moved on from the major fashion houses where she started her career and launched her own collection. She’s a kindred spirit.
Even more impressive and exciting: I love her black dresses. They are striking and elegant for sure. But what I also love is what they are NOT. They aren’t necessarily “sexy” or “fun” or “professional.” (How boring and predictable is that?) Each dress can be all those things, even all those things at once – depending on how you wear it and what you embody while you’re in it. The dress is what YOU make it.
This aesthetic quality is perfectly suited to our modern lives. Who says fun and sexiness is exclusive to late-night clubs and bars while dressed in short skirts and hoochie tops? Actually, nights out on the town can be manifestly lacking. The last time I went clubbing, I spent the whole time talking to a longstanding Career Booster who happened to be there about new business models for distributing independent film. Meanwhile, a day out on the flag football field, an evening at a book reading, or a weekend corporate conference can – and often does – lead to sparks of attraction or even love.
So – we have to be prepared at all times for any and every feeling, for any and every experience. Hence the chameleon metaphor, though tellingly – we don’t have to change what we look like in order to experience all these many facets of ourselves, on any given day. “I am large; I contain multitudes,” another dead white male proclaimed. I know the feeling.
Carrie Bradshaw had a lot of f*cking shoes. But that’s not enough for me. Shoes are too specific, too limiting, too blister-inducing. You can only wear one pair at a time, even if your closet contains a multitude. However, a little black dress – one that feels and fits just right for me – is full of exciting possibilities any day or night of the week.
Check out Elizabeth Olliver Fall 2011 HERE.
Rebecca Coale - aka Becky - is a writer, musician and producer. She and childhood best friend Jessica Donalds created Dating & Hookup and founded J&R Creative Media. Becky blogs about love poetry and modern life & womanhood. She lives with her husband, Howard Coale, and their family in Manhattan and Philadelphia.
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