Fashion designers draw inspiration for their collections from a variety of subject matter:
- A trip abroad or for the love of their homeland.
- A work of art, a movie or a story that moves them.
- A vision of the future or of a bygone era.
- Or perhaps…what’s currently going on in the world.
Whether it’s a fantasy or interpretation of reality, making fashion relevant and appealing is a tough task. The challenge, season after season, is to make fashion reflect the times in which we live.
It’s no wonder many have tapped into the 70’s for inspiration. Despite U.S.A.’s President Trump’s futile efforts (so far) to build an actual wall he has managed to begin creating a number of invisible ones. There is a growing disenchantment between fellow Americans that could lead to a large-scale civil uprising due to his right wing and racist leanings. He has also tainted the American image on the world stage. This is just the worst episode of “The Apprentice” one could imagine! And the nastiest twist about this is that we could all potentially experience the global repercussions if it truly manifests any further.
The 70’s were not only a time of uprising and protests but of creativity. It was the birth of many movements that fashion was a major part of. Punk, Glam Rock, Grunge and even the Bohemian/Hippy era burst onto the scene. Sporty Chic, Folk/Ethnic, Military and even the Disco era also emerged as not just looks but lifestyle alternatives that came with their own dress codes and whimsy.
Today’s designers have capitalized on these vibes and reinterpreted them into wearable looks that aptly sum up an appreciation for our differences rather than creating a greater divide amongst us. Message pieces this season may not be as fun and frivolous as prior offerings but they do send a clear message that we lead diverse lifestyles that go hand in hand with our global connectivity.
Sophisticated looks have a looser and less rigid bent. Double Breasted Blazers and fuller cut trousers signify a major change from form fitting looks that have been the norm for a number of seasons. There is no “uniform” look for dressy or casual looks. Pattern play is still present but more subdued as cuts and silhouettes take center stage rather than colors and fabrications. Look for quilted pieces to integrate into your wardrobe. From shirts, sweaters, outerwear or even accessories quilted pieces maybe just the key to update your look for this Fall and Winter.
However, Cherry Red does stand out as a new color to add to your wardrobe. Orange is still prevalent. Darker shades add a somber touch and patchwork squares are popular in waist length bomber and varsity/club jackets. Despite the barrage of color blocking the shades are subtle.
Corduroy is back big time and is known to be the least sexy fabric out there. Team loose pieces with more fitted items to keep proportions in check and to conjure up a little allure. Fitted turtleneck sweaters with loose fuller legged trousers will have to do. Sheer fabrics, courtesy of Glam Rock or Bohemian influences can also be a sexy but understated alternative.
Disco brings the glitz and glamour of sequins and silk for those nights on the town or for special occasions you want to strut your stuff at. Winter white is also part of this look
Message pieces, yes, actual wording on items is back big time, from t-shirts to outerwear. “Make Love not War” to “Don’t Discriminate” to “Recycle” prepare your self to take a stand. There is a plethora of messages designers have embraced, naturally including their own label in the mix.
Military looks have been infused with off beat colors, like pink, included into camouflage prints in an effort to show that arms just might be for hugging.
The major trend this season is indeed the 70’s and all they had to offer. It’s certainly updated and made current but definitely a nod to a time when we made a difference by making our presence known. So go ahead and make that change!