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This story first appeared in the November 1, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
They Are Wearing: Copyrighted in 1924 and still very much in use.
Fashion Flash: Copyrighted in the Fifties.
The Locomotives: The movers and shakers.
RBs: Rich Bitches, coined in 1982.
Social Cyclones: Eighties terms for Gayfryd Steinberg and that ilk.
The Beautiful People: You know who you are.
Chic Savages: Well-dressed, well-mannered warriors whose smiles never fade.
The Empty Pit: The gossipy, underworld of the chic.
HotPants: Barely there shorts, coined in 1970. (Sears Roebuck & Co. and Montgomery Ward quickly jumped on the trend.) When lengths inched down, WWD promptly called them WarmPants.
Midi: The longer lengths originally inspired by Dr. Zhivago and seen in Paris in 1966. They would start to appear in ready-to-wear collections over the next few seasons.
Longuette: The longer skirts of the Seventies.
Jackie O: The former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Daddy O: Her second husband.
Her Ultimate Elegance: Gloria Guinness
The Tiny Terror: Truman Capote
Mr. Fashion Right: Bill Blass
The Frog Pond: La Grenouille
L’Institut de l’Ennui: All those boring people.
Mr. Clean: Calvin Klein
Numero Uno: Giorgio Armani
The Chic: Valentino
Kaiser Karl: Karl Lagerfeld
The Lunch Bunch: Affluent socialites.
Nouvelle Society: Eighties social climbers.
Fashion Nuns: Those who favor a monastery-type look from Yohji Yamamoto.
Sportive: Casual looks out of Paris in the Sixties.
Le Smoking: Smoking jackets à la Yves Saint Laurent.
Tough Chic: Hard-edged fashion.
Geek Chic: IT-friendly attire.
The Nursery of Fashion: What is Paris, France?
Walker: A self-possessed man-about-town escorting well-heeled women on the party circuit. It was said to be first used about Jerry Zipkin, who became a confidant to some of society’s best-known and most affluent women. Zipkin was also called the Social Moth, or SM, because of the indefatigable manner with which he carried out his mission.
Wobbly WASPs: Blueblood society types, titans, celebrities.
The Ubiquitor: A seasonal sobriquet awarded to the celeb or socialite who attends all things all the time.
Killer Bs: When the A-list gets too pricy, it’s time to summon these eager Bs to fill out any old front row.
The Delebrity: Celebrities who want to be designers and vice versa.