Fashion Finds A Muse In Seinfeld’s Elaine

Forget Kate Moss or Courtney Love, this fall fashion is looking to another early 90s icon for its inspiration: Seinfeld. Or, more specifically, the unforgettable character of Elaine Benes. “Over the years, Elaine has stood out as a beacon of a faded era, in long floral skirts, blazers with padded shoulders and granny shoes with socks,” says The New York Times. Sound familiar? Well, it is. The look is one that’s become ubiquitous among the most trendsetting of fashion followers. “She was one of the guys. It wasn’t about trying to look sexy. It was about looking like a girl who pushes people around,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus told the paper of her on-camera counterpart.

“At the time, I thought people were wearing this look,” she adds of Elaine’s style, on which she collaborated quite heavily. Interestingly enough, this is the same response Diane Keaton has given of the style of her now iconic Woody Allen character, Annie Hall. Muses they may be, but in reality these characters were, respectively, merely a reflection of the styles of the times. And, while Chloe Sevigny and the Olsens have been donning floor length skirts and socks with sandals for months upon months now, it’s little surprise a push for female empowerment through comfortable and more conservative fashions (especially coming on the coattails of a period marked by body-con mini dresses and 8-inch skyscraper heels) is just what the doctor ordered for FW10.

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