“Wearing sneakers and no socks, white pants and a long beige cashmere and silk sweater from Zoran’s warm weather collection, Candice Bergen watched the proceedings perched on a platform along with retailers and members of the fashion press.
Zoran has expanded his collection of men’s styles, which are no more complicated than his women’s clothes. It is a natural development since men have been buying his women’s sweatshirts, Dawn Mello of Bergdorf-Goodman said.
With no collars, pockets hidden in side seams and a total absence of pattern, the clothes have all their style built into the cut. They are made in one size only, and manage to fit most people.”
-BERNADINE MORRIS for the NYT, 1982
“PERRY ELLIS fans will be glad to know that his crunchy tweed jackets and cable-knit sweaters are as comfortable and foreverlooking as they’ve always been. His tartan plaids are livelier and his coats more handsome than ever. Everything is a bit longer for fall and winter: the sweaters, the coats, the jackets.
There is the same insouciant feeling – of a college woman slipping into her boyfriend’s jacket that is a size or so too big for her, or putting together a jacket and a pair of pants in patterns that don’t quite match, but look quite appealing when you think about it.
The designer’s fans are quite a catholic group. Among the 500 or so who clambered up the bleacher seats that lined his showroom on Seventh Avenue were Lauren Hutton and Cheryl Tiegs, the actress Anne Baxter and Sonia Rykiel, the French designer, who found his clothes ”so young and so original.” Mr. Ellis has achieved such stature that the presidents of Bloomingdale’s, Bonwit Teller, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel feel it is necessary to make the trek to Seventh Avenue to see and be seen as well as to check out the trends.”
– from ELLIS FOR FALL: GOOD AND NOT SO GOOD by BERNADINE MORRIS, NYT 1982
Ralph Lauren’s Fall 1982 Campaign photographed by Bruce Weber
Ralph Lauren’s steadfast historicism rivals the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano, it’s all been a part of his rendition of the American Dream: recasting the country’s modest heritage as the ultimate luxury, fueled by a stoic nostalgia. A reference to colonial America, with quilted patchwork and scenic motifs on sweaters, bleeds a high kitsch factor bordering on comedy. In anyone else’s hands you could be distracted by the hilarity of it all. But for Ralph Lauren, of course with photography by Bruce Weber, there’s a touching sincerity that really makes you want to believe. A humble decorative richness, a sense of humor, and a nostalgic nod to a triumphant past are all very potent ideas, then and now.
Kenzo’s Fall/Winter 1982 campaign shot by Peter Lindbergh
Calvin Klein and date, Bianca Jagger