a good vintage: "two for the road"
Magazine: "Two for the Road", US Vogue 2000
Photographer: Michael Thompson
Fashion editor: Tonne Goodman (of course!)
This is classic US Vogue editorial from 2000 - beautiful American sportswear, a fresh outdoors-y setting, Gisele.
Sportswear started out as a term for separates (blouses, trousers, skirts) - the opposite of suits and dresses, the opposite of looking perfectly "done". This is what I mean when I say sportswear, I don't mean hoodies or things made of nylon.
Coco Chanel had the right idea when she started doing jersey separates for women, but apart from her, Americans like Claire McCardell and Clare Potter are considered the true precursors to modern sportswear. Whatever the origins, sportswear for women sprang from a desire for a polished but relaxed look, a desire for clothes that suited women whose lives were becoming increasingly active, fast-paced, emancipated.
Because of these ideals, I'm quite sentimental and attached to the idea of American sportswear, and I consider it a foundation for my style.
I like this edit because it appeals to my dual desire for a life in a city, and out. It prescribes classic, clean lines, fresh neutral tones, a fuss-free attitude. There's nothing edgy about the clothes, and it's very safe styling, but you wouldn't look at it and deride it as "pandering to Middle America". Instead, you look at it (well, I did anyway) and see a celebration of classic sportwear, a lifestyle to long for. The look is simple but sophisticated, and it has that gloss and polish that is a Vogue signature, the sort of aspirational thing they used to do so well.
These days, I rarely want to be the woman in a Vogue editorial, but back then, when I was 16, I looked at this, and thought, 'That's how I'd like to dress when I grow up'.
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