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.