Extrapolations from NYFW
I have a tenuous relationship with the concept of trends. I try not to subscribe to them wholeheartedly, but I am influenced by them undoubtedly (see: velvet). So, invariably, when fashion week rolls around and we get a chance to look across the collections to what our clothes next season will look like, what do we call what we see?
A trend? A theme? Is it art meets popular culture converging in a particular ethos for a specific moment in time? After all, we are all sharing the same collective global set of experiences and shaped by the cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental forces that demarcate the boundaries and possibilities of this snapshot in time. And it is in this world that we all exist and create and envision what we want tomorrow to look like. Or, is it a a business-driven maneuver designed to sell more clothes, otherwise known as a strategy of planned obsolesce, defined as:
Planned obsolescence is a business strategy in which the obsolescence (the process of becoming obsolete—that is, unfashionable or no longer usable) of a product is planned and built into it from its conception. This is done so that in future the consumer feels a need to purchase new products and services that the manufacturer brings out as replacements for the old ones.
No matter what we call what we see, we can't deny that we see it. So for the time being, let's call these extrapolations and let's get down to the business of breaking down what emerged visually from New York Fashion Week.
What do you think? Trend? Theme? Cultural convergence? Corporate strategy? Let's discuss. And how did you feel about what we saw on the runway? I for one, am loving fashion right now and very eager to see how I can consciously incorporate the things I love into my closet. You?
Feature image Sally LaPointe by Monica Feudi/Indigital.tv via Vogue.