Update: On the Runways
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Update: On the Runways

Remember when Pucci created the outfits for Braniff, miniskirts ruled the tarmac, and no one had even heard of air rage?Carriers are returning to their jet-set roots by hiring fashion designers to create new uniforms. T+L asked Isaac Mizrahi, veteran American Airlines flight attendant Lynda Richardson, and retail guru Jeffrey Kalinsky for their opinions on the latest looks. —HILARY GERONEMUS

RICHARD TYLER FOR Delta

ISSAC This dress is having a Halston moment. The red adds
a tart little touch.

LYNDA The dress is snazzy, but the neckline is too low and it's difficult to fit every size
with that waistline. If I had to wear red all the time, I'd come to hate it very quickly.
On the positive side, passengers can certainly find you when they need a drink of water.

JEFFREY I just love a red dress. People feel good in red. I like that Tyler stepped out of
the normal constraints and did something different.

KATE SPADE FOR Song

ISSAC I like the clothes, but they don't look like a uniform, which is troubling.

LYNDA The green is an interesting color choice, but I'm not sure how I feel about
it. We're used to a lot of red and navy.

JEFFREY This is my favorite. It's old-fashioned in a good way. I like the three-quarter
sleeves on the jacket, the length of the skirt is perfect, and I love the white shirt. I wouldn't
get tired of the green accent at all. If you got on every airline and saw only red and navy,
that would be weird.

CHRISTIAN LACROIX FOR Air France

ISSAC I just adore this. It's the best solution to the problem of making flight attendants
tangible yet keeping them at an arm's distance.

LYNDA I want to work for Air France. Their uniform reminds me of the first uniform
I had in 1962, when they were all tailored individually for you. It's professional and stylish
but also looks like a uniform, which is important.

JEFFREY It's very chic. I love the navy with the red trim and the red belted bow.
It evokes the image of an airline in the fifties.

DEBBIE CHUCHAT FOR Air Canada

ISSAC Honestly, I don't see anything to like about this. It resembles what's out there
already. I would probably tailor this more to the individual rather than just stamping out
a design.

LYNDA It is kind of dowdy, but very practical for all body types. In the sixties we
were all sized between 8 and 10; now our figures can be really different. And this one could
look good even on a larger woman.

JEFFREY Of all of them, it looks the most formal. It's neat and classic. It's very
hard to find any fault.

GIANFRANCO FERRÉ FOR Korean Air

ISSAC It's a little bit too much like a regular outfit and not enough of a uniform.
Plus it looks like somebody's old clothing, but not retro. I wish it were retro.

LYNDA The style is great and the pale color looks wonderful, but it will be multicolored
at the end of the trip—we get pretty grubby.

JEFFREY I like the colors, but I'm not sure how practical they are. The style transcends
what it was designed for—it looks more like what you'd wear to work, somewhere other
than an airline.

JULIEN MCDONALD FOR British Airways

ISSAC It's a little dour, and doesn't seem that special to me. What did they need
McDonald for?Some industrial designer could have done this. I don't see the British look.

LYNDA This is the most professional. The uniform is beautiful—slightly fitted
in the waist, but not too fitted. I think they did accomplish their goal of attaining a British
style.

JEFFREY It's traditional and clean—like an airline uniform. And I don't think
that's a bad thing.

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