Trend observations with a sociological eye from afar...
by Darryl S. Warren in Vancouver
W e seek a new voice and yet we find it hard to let go to do so. The Fall Winter 2015 collections reflect this sentiment overall, no matter how one tries to compartmentalize it. It does this by showing collections that throw together prints, layers, combinations, mostly in a slouchy yet artful assembly brought together by the direction of the designer. The assemblies alert us to our siphoning through of our past in an effort to find new vocabulary. However, as this log has repeatedly suggested, the past has already revealed how new voices and new expressions need to come about.
Currently, that person is in their teens and may be playing with what is before them, soaking in our experimentation as a foundation for a new generational, centenary and even millennial platform form which we will see a new way of expressing. Our documentation of history already shows how we achieved this last century. Now, as we wait those already in the spotlight seek to retain influence as they attempt to contribute towards this new voice. They are, yet from a 20th century perspective. A few may have the ability to divorces themselves form their early influences enough to break free with virgin eyes, but ultimately that freshness has yet to mature and take the helm.
It's exciting, like a countdown to a new identity yet to be unveiled. Each season will seem to give hints, and yet the real page-turner is half a decade away. the question is now where this influence will emerge. Or, with our connectivity that our technology affords, will it be a collective shift by consensus? Throw together a few ideas for the next few years as we all keep our eyes peeled.
T his blog has long upheld the notion of fashion being the barometer of our collective social expression woven with our personal expressions. That is, what you wear reflects not just who you are but connects with where we as a society are. While some may feel otherwise, our previous articles outlined how available materials and choices are long planed in advance, carefully chosen to fit with our social evolution. Even those who revisit existing fashions via vintage end up choosing items relevant to what is existing; we can't help it because we ultimately are programmed to connect. That is in our nature as a species.
Some of the collections trailing at the end of the Fall Winter 2015 presentations feature aspects of sustainability practices where fabrics are reutilized. This time around, the patchworking reflect our sophistication and intelligence that our technology affords (such as Threeasfour), while the approach reflects our ecological and economical sensibilities the times demands (such as by Awaveawake or Raquel Allegra). This isn't limited to clothing. In the fragrance world, Mugler's perfumes are designed to be refillable, reflecting economy and ecology that speaks to the public. We choose the elements in fashion to meet our needs while honoring our aesthetics. the frugality may be on either end of the supply chain, but it tells us how we adapt as we aim to carry on.
A s the Fall Winter 2015 shows wind down, we face the same retro exploration that keeps us rooted in familiarity while textile experimentation holds our hand to nudge us into the future.
Some of the more experimental designers, more European based, give some subtle architectural approaches in reconstructing aspects to test our courage. We aren't ready yet to break free of existing form. No, this will have to wait for a new element of fear. The same fear of being obsolete, outdated, left in the dust that comes every time a new youthful generation brings their identity with force.
We loathe it , laugh at it, then embrace it. You'd think we'd be over ourselves by now. Fortunately, fashion is helping us brave our future as it gets close to our skin.
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H ere we are again, facing down death.
Well, those who have been paying attention to the museum circuit in Manhattan know of a certain show that has been quite the influence in the Fall Winter 2015 shows.
The morbid fascination holds us as we look at grim offerings in the media, feeding our global trepidation amidst political tensions and economic shakiness. But this predominant Victorian sway is Halston sleek and hinted at, mixed with the continued explosion of texture and print assembly as we proceed with our experiments towards new forays in creativity. The textile story lets us know there is a style hereafter that we are trying to channel as we aim towards the as-of-yet new 21st century aesthetic that awaits.
Pure and simple. Another season of collections will unfold and again our prudence will drive creativity into subtlety.
Will technology bring the added ingredient into the mix, or are we over it already? What do you think?
Ponder this as I cnotinue my long delay. I promise it will make for a good auto-bio.
O h, how I desire to end this hiatus. and I'd love to share with you why but this blog is reserved for drama that comes from fashion.
The couture collections rolled out currently have some creative minds taking another stab at the deconstructed execution that mirors our current creative approach. We do this as we seek innovation to lead us forward into the shiny new millenium that we have yet to actualize. As stated in articles before, it will come on ther heels of new minds with no ties to the past, much as what occurred in the 1920s that brought us into a completely new mindset. It was shocking, jarring and refreshing. My, my...are our expectations high.
In the mean time, the current masters set the stage for inspiration...to lead forward or act as a springboard for defiant game-changing approaches. My money is on the latter and I have a few ideas. And when I secure backing to take this whole thing higher, I'll gladly share them. Until then...hiatus, continues.
I may be on hiatus, but that doesn't stop this blog from looking at the ongoing 2015 Spring Summer couture shows. And while the tech may bring 2.0 versions of textile execution, the familiar is again circling back to all that was fun in the 90s with a dash of 40s and 50s to tie in current culture repeats.
Mine the archives as I regretfully remain for now on hiatus. But know that there is a lot to say...and as circumstances improve you'll get the details.
H ello all. Please know that I love you very much, or as much that a blogger can love his audience, for your loyalty sustains my hope. With that, my apologies for what life brings that interferes.
If there is anything we can be excited about, it is the anticipated influence that comes from tropical politics, hand in hand with cold war sentiments revived. The 80s/50s modern experimentation that comes with appreciation of cosmopolitan high art fits well with our creative nostalgia. Now we wait to see how many designers agree. I think that should give you something to chew on while you wait for my full return, no?