You Can Stand Under My Vintage Umbrella


Whether it’s a residual influence from Rihanna’s summer hit, or just a change in the wind, umbrella shapes may be popping up in your fall and winter wardrobe. Umbrella skirt shapes, acting as the modern crinoline, and umbrella hats appeared on the 2009 F/W runways. From Alexander McQueen to Erin Featherstone, designers are embracing the shape and mechanics of this ancient accessory. The above, rare Richard Avedon photo with piled umbrellas is reminiscent of McQueen’s stacked bumbershoot hat and even his suit shapes. And while your closet probably won’t be looking like a Magritte painting anytime soon, you might soon be standing in your umbrella rather than under it.

umbrella1.jpgTop Row: Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen Bottom Row: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Alexander McQueen, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Erin Featherstone

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