The past is a long tunnel through which everything in the present has moved, and keeps returning: knee high boots, brocade blazers, a tunnel of diamante clip-ons. I pulled up the latest runway shows to see Valentino sending out Renaissance maidens just as Saint Laurent redeemed backstage fans and Lagerfeld turned Austrian, 1970s style.

Looking back at veils and white fabric roses - and sash-brimmed hats - my most recent nostalgia is gothic. Yes. Wuthering Heights even, a reference I associate with black forests. 

Living outside of time is a fashion in and of itself.


All merchandise, INA Nolita: Chanel fabric rose brooch; Marni black mesh hat, Thomas Wylde leather, studded jacket; Alexander Wang patent, open weave netted purse; vintage Saks Fifth Avenue brimmed hat; Christian Louboutin leather and mesh striped boots.