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BATSHEVA: Intersectional Dress

 

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Be subversive by dressing conservatively. It sounds backwards but I swear it makes sense.

Virgin or Vixen is the old binary. Cover up and be good, or undress and be sexy.

How about cover up and feel sexy but only for your own pleasure? Cover up because it so happens that a floor length, long sleeve, emerald dress is what makes you feel your absolute best.

It falls far outside the lines of Victoria's Secret underwear. It reframes something meant to be oppressive as something empowering and omg do the Monas love that. 

I saw these dresses for the first time about six months ago in New York. It was hot. September I think. So after a shower your wet hair would stick to the back of your neck, drying slowly while you walked from showroom to showroom and then getting wet again each time the rain broke through. I wore Margiela red perforated clogs most days. I was wearing them when we walked into Batsheva's hotel room.

It was the last appointment of the day, for us and for her. We'd been running behind but she stayed as long as she could before needing to run off to an appointment at her children's school. She wore one of her own dresses with black clunky shoes, the kind of clogs you see chefs wearing in professional kitchens, and she complimented me on mine. They were her favorite kind of shoe to wear with her long, ruffly dresses. 

There was a desk with swatches of silk taffeta, metallic lame, and there were two tall racks of dresses: long, short, cotton, silk, greenyellowbrownred. Lisa and I sorted through them, holding them up and ooh-ing, one-by-one. I listened while Lisa and Batsheva talked about the dresses, observing and loving the way that Batsheva herself wore them. Her reddish hair in a bun with the front bits wispy and tousled, like she'd been working all day (which she had). Those chunky black shoes, no jewelry, little makeup if any.

The dress was so easy, wearable, and totally beautiful. That's when I realized I was falling in love and would need to make sure a Batsheva dress came home with me once they arrived at Mona Moore. I chose a yellow one with teeny tiny flowers all over and ruffles at the bottom. 

They're special pieces. A lot of thought and care went into their design and their story. To me, that means they shouldn't just be tucked away and saved for special occasions. It means you should wear them everyday. 

Love,

Kali

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