The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon | October 3, 2019
Each Other ‘Deconstructed Off the Shoulder Tailoring Dress’ – €850.00
I was personally convinced that this look was custom Monse — but here we are!
Someone asked the other day if I had thoughts regarding Taylor’s style transformation so far during the Lover era and if it’s a regression to the tougher styling that we saw during rep.
Sometimes, it’s a good thing to delay thoughts because while I still am very much not a fan of the look as presented, with time comes an opportunity to really slow down and assess not just what a lewk looks like — but what that lewk is trying to say. To that end, I think it’s really great for Taylor to have multiple facets to an era’s style (I think we can all remember in era’s past when the style for that time period was much more formulaic and uniform. see: 1989 co-ord sets). It symbolizes natural human complexity. An entire body of work like an album isn’t always just about one thing, but about the many facets of many things. We saw this style dichotomy with rep as well because that album had a surface-level message (toughness, bombastic, in-your-face edginess as presented by lots of black and leather and snakeskin) but an iceberg-level deep message too (the ice melting feeling of tentatively finding a real true love, finding happiness and peace in that feeling as presented by sparkles and rainbows). That’s still very much a part of Lover’s story.
This album represents a huge shift for Taylor: full ownership of her material, a fierce protectiveness over what she values and holds dear following a fight to the death to keep it around, an older and wearier and more wary pop star still spooked by the media. We’re seeing that here as she flirts between pastels, ruffles, and butterflies and these stronger, masculine-inspired suited looks.
“Get to the point!” you say. And the point is, with all that context of two waging sides of a complex body of work, perhaps it makes sense that we’re presented with a lewk that is half classic business attire (pinstripes are an iconic pattern to mean Bidniss) and half … well … dripping in golden daylight.
Potential symbolism? 8/10
Actual lewk execution? 4/10
Get the look: Shein, $28.00