The "Society Slouch" Look

The "Society Slouch" Look

Sarah Coffey
Sep 21, 2010

In the October 2010 issue of Vogue, Sarah Mower coins the term for the season's long, lean look — the "Society Slouch," a return to low hemlines and slim silhouettes. It's a style that's comfortable but not exactly casual. Designers are combining a carefully tailored 70s slouch with a little bit of 30s glam, a sensibility that seems aligned with the trend towards posh but toned-down classicism that's been popular in home décor this year.

David Bowie epitomized the androgynous, stick-thin silhouette of the 1970s. Translate his "thin white duke" look into the home with a slim, serpentine Landscape Chaise from B&B Italia.

Reed Krakoff's Fall 2010 Collection is built around flared white pants that skim your heels. Get the look at home with cotton curtains that pool at the floor. These are West Elm's 108-inch Cotton Canvas Window Panels, $34 each.

Céline's Fall 2010 Collection is influenced by 1970s style, but the look stays crisp with clean lines and ivory set against earth tones. A room from Roche Bobois mixes similar classic forms — floor-to-ceiling drapes, ladder shelves — with patterned pillows that make a nod to 70s hippie chic style.

Calvin Klein usually sticks to a streamlined look, and the Fall 2010 Collection lengthens hemlines while keeping the shapes slim. The Havana Sofa from Design Within Reach is similarly low and comfortable, yet minimal.

Marc Jacobs' Fall 2010 Collection brings 1930s glam to the 70s sheath dress. Ligne Roset's Togo Sofa also has a 70s shape, but comes in glitzy silver and golds. It also gets a boost from a metallic side table.

• To read Sarah Mower's "Society Slouch" piece, with photos by Patrick Demarchelier and Grace Coddington, pick up a copy of the October 2010 issue of Vogue.

Photos: David Bowie 1976 via Wikimedia Commons, B & B Italia, Reed Krakoff, West Elm, Céline, Roche Bobois, Calvin Klein, Design Within Reach, Marc Jacobs, Ligne Roset

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