|Anna Dello Russo in Piers Atkinson’s “Cherry” hat, Gaga’s “meat” dress and Katy Perry’s “cupcake” bra: surreal style.
Elsa Schiaparelli’s shoe hat really pioneered the spirit of the trend. It’s not for everyone, especially not for those who prefer to fly under the radar. If it had to have a spokesmodel these days, Anna Dello Russo and her Piers Atkinson cherry fascinator would merit my vote, with Gaga (meat dress) or Katy Perry (cupcake bra) coming in a close second. Surrealism in fashion. It’s bold, cheeky and almost always rated over-the-top. This season both garments and accessories appeared with surreal connections. The brash and striking points of reference are perfectly suited to fall/winter fashion. Success usually comes with one touch and for those of us not comfortable in a feathered frock like Bjork’s 2001 Oscar’s “swan dress”, that nudge is best kept light and subtle.
|Bjork’s surreal “swan” dress; Elsa Schiaparelli’s “shoe” hat.
A ring, a broach, a clutch or even a shoe are the ideal conduits for the unexpected imagery. Keep in mind that the very nature of surrealism is the intention of expressing the true process of thought. According to Salvadore Dali “Surrealism destroys what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” Marry that with fashion, no matter how refined, and you will certainly attract review and commentary from those around. So like Anna, Gaga, Katy or dear Bjork…do surreal, but be prepared to deliberate your choices.