They’re Baaaaack!

The 90s trends are back. What are your memories of this time?

I was a teen during this era of uncertainty for Russia. Hyperinflation and long lines for the currency exchange remain fixed in my memory. Unlike the United States, where grunge was extremely popular, sportswear and neon colors dominated Russian markets. Techno music and electronic rock were enormously popular and influenced fashion trends. La Bouche, Dr. Alban, Prodigy, Ace Of Base and similar bands dominated the scene. Also, I will never forget the sudden flow of electronics into our household, which included a ton of video games. The Internet was not accessible to everyone. Many didn’t even know about it. Yet, thanks to my older brother who is extremely obsessed with technology and science fiction I was discovering things, like email, instant messaging, web sites, etc.

I have to admit, the 90s were a fascinating time for me. There were many new things to discover, particularly in the fields of fashion and technology. I was always sort of an early consumer. I always believe like I have to be one of the firsts when it comes to discovering new things.

Today I personally like to incorporate those cute royal blue blue slouchy pants into my wardrobe and pair them with high heels.

Boy In Heels Look: fun, sporty blue slouchy pants paired with high heel shoes.

Boy In Heels Look: fun, sporty blue slouchy pants paired with high-heel shoes.

LANVIN Royal Blue Silk Trousers featuring accent stripe in white at side seams.

LANVIN Royal Blue Silk Trousers featuring accent stripe in white at side seam.

Club Monaco Annie Pants

Club Monaco Annie Pants

What are your thoughts on the 90s revival?

What are your stories and memories of this decade?

Leather, Leather, Leather!

What do you think of woman who wears the same leather jacket to the office, the PTA meeting and the theater?

I believe women entrepreneurs can combine conservative clothes with leather apparel to make a bold statement. She is a woman who makes calculated risks. She embraces her both masculine and feminine sides.

I love leather.

As a teenager in Russia, I wore it as a rebellious statement. A few years later, I moved to the United States to earn my bachelor’s degree. During this time, I was coordinating leather apparel for a large company. I developed a lot of product knowledge and networked with a number of interesting, successful people. The years passed and I moved on to earn my master of business administration degree. I still had a keen interest in this clothing niche.

Fiasco Magazine July/August 2010 Masha Z. by Pino Gomes


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Just recently, I attended a Milwaukee gala with people of different age and professional demographics. The women wore leather jackets and blazers. I even spotted formal leather dresses. Imagine. They were not rebellious teenagers, bikers or rock stars. These women  were conservative professionals.

Many people perceive leather as the epitome of sexiness or rebellion. The fact is that it is the current fashion trend. It’s seen on catwalks of New York, Milan, Paris and London. In fact, every top designer has a leather outfit in his or her 2012-2013 collections.

What started as a trend by punks with limited cash in the 1970s has emerged into a present-day lady-like trend for professional, feminine women.

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I am not a teenager any longer. Yet, my closet still has plenty of leather – from gloves to jackets. I like to mix it with conservative clothes, such as white shirts, closed toe shoes and pencil skirts.

It’s like having the de rigueur little black dress in your wardrobe. Leather outerwear is a “must-have” classic that will never go out of style.

Do you have a leather jacket? How do you like to wear it?