They say that for every silver lining there is a dark cloud. The cold drizzle that we call Spring in Vermont has driven me inside. It has occasioned me to train my analytical eye upon a topic worthy of my acute power of perception … fashion fusion. Vermont style. In particular, I am speaking of the look that I shall call Vermont casual, bordering on neglect, with that of Madison Avenue … a look that I feel much at ease in both discussing and exemplifying. My intent is to introduce this revolutionary approach to fashion to the world. Vermont Madison Avenue. An oxymoron in an ocean of oxymorons. VT Mad Men. Not Rasputin. Not Charlie Manson. Mad Men as in 1950’s, NYC advertising agency gray-suits.
The solution was simple … shop local. And that is exactly what I did. I headed for the Newfane Flea Market. The answer was there … the fedora. That is all it would take. I negotiated fiercely and secured my prize with an offer of $12 and a commitment to forgo the hatbox. The fedora was mine …and now the world’s!
I adorn myself … my fedora rakishly cocked to one side and pulled low over the eye. The brim … up in back and down in front. The double earrings, tattoo and sandals replace the gray-pinstripes and echo Vermont. I am transformed. I am Dick Tracy with double earrings. I Humphrey Bogart with a calf tattoo. I am Spencer Tracy with in birks. Today will be a bad day in Black Rock. I flip the front brim up and with a finger ease the fedora back on my head and the gray suit disappears. I am Spencer Tracy in a London T-shirt. I feel the hand line tighten and I dream of the struggle with fish of my dreams. Wait until the people of the village see this.
Vermont Fashion Fusion. I remember, years ago, gliding down the slopes of Jay Peak with every eye glued to my every move. But, it wasn’t the skiing techniques they ooed and aahed about. It was my ski pants … fashionably adorned with spiraled patterns of duct tape to cover the holes and tears. Who would have thought then that I would again be standing in the forefront of fashion … standing the fashion world on its ear …
… introducing the world to Vermont Fashion Fusion.