Is fashion’s latest obsession with cowboys just channeling the Wild West energy of today’s cultural climate?

City Women & co

September 26, 2018 at 05:12AM

A couple of months ago I noticed that my artist friends residing deep in Brooklyn had switched out their French-inspired berets for something more unusual—flat-rimmed hats and bolo ties. At first, I merely took notice and stuck to my shoulder padded leisure suits—New York fashion can be especially eclectic. Slowly but surely, however, an aesthetic, which is best described as Marie Kondo?s minimalism meets Debbie Winger?s Sissy in Urban Cowboy, has seeped its way into one major fashion collection after another.

Designers? latest obsessions with western wear confused me at first. But I?ve since come to the conclusion that an unclear future has people collectively looking back at times that seemed equally untamed for guidance. (Hindsight is, after all, 20/20.) It could explain why the last major western resurgence happened during the 1980s when the winddown of the Cold War, coupled with the…

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