Balmain. I almost never write about fashion that I like, because what I like is moody at best, but two things, here: one, a high-waisted pant, and two, a cropped top appeared on the Balmain runway. It came as a surprise to see my own thrifted bleached denim high-waisted jeans and hand-me-down nylon turtleneck, that I live in, held back up to me in a black leather and white cotton world.

The attire referenced the supermodel era, that of the eighties, but also the Katherine Hepburn silhouette of wearing-men’s-clothes. Even the mini-dresses could be thought of as tuxedo jackets a little too long, and too open. And the tuxedo jackets as such, worn over shirts and pants on the runway, are loose enough to reveal a model’s stomach.

Pants are heavily pleated. Also cuffed. I’ve noticed in the store daily as well, that pants are coming in as wider and wider legged, with a single pleat down the middle and even several pleats toward the waist.

The return to a man’s trouser is (in the words of the best song),

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

-Nina Simone

Pictures above, all at INA Chelsea, clockwise from left: Givenchy zip-waisted buckled pants, Gucci wool skirt with leather buckled pockets, Alice & Olivia strappy zipper back dress, Sergio Rossi cut-out patent leather pump, Vintage Saint Laurent cropped jacket, Alexander McQueen pants with snakeskin tuxedo stripe, Stella McCartney gunmetal patent plastic pumps, Walter cream wool coat, Manolo Blahnik pony strap pumps.