Is the future of fashion here?
Remember Buck Rogers and the 25th Century, where the women all wore space age silver outfits and zipped around in metallic all-in-ones with sharp shoulders, bubbles on hips and weird shoe contraptions?
Well it appears the 25th century has come early, and I’m not entirely sure I’m happy about it.
It started last year with Balmain and The Shoulder, as it’s now referred to in fashion circles, which became an accessory all on its own. The Balmain jacket which featured The Shoulder, cost over $11,000 sold out in one week.
Madonna wore it, Beyonce wore it. Rihanna wore it. Every designer under the sun did their own version of it and high street stores blessed the fashion gods that there was something new to copy and to sell to the style-hungry women of the world.
But what began as a prominent shoulder on a jacket, reminiscent of the 80’s shoulder pad, has literally exploded into a whole array of clothes that are space age at best, space age slut at worst.
Big bands on shoulders, hips with huge rolls over them, thigh high boots, hardcore bustiers - it’s Barbarella come to life in 2009. But who is going to wear it? I can’t really see myself nipping down to the shops with shoulders so large I could rest my head and have a little nap on one of them. Fashion is my life, so for me to say that there is an unwearable trend is a little gutwrenching, but I can’t pretend to be excited by a galactic wardrobe.
The whole premise of future dressing is that everyone looks the same. Star Trek, Buck Rogers … the entire cast wore the same clothes. Do we all wear uniforms in the future? Is there no fashion industry in 2520? Has it been banned because some people dressed better than others, thereby expounding inequality or were people just sick of the fact that fashion was shooting people to stardom like Rachel Zoe, which just isn’t right no matter which way you look at it?
No. Fear not, fashion friends. Just because this trend is unwearable even for die hard fashionistas (you just try and walk in those McQueen heels and then get back to me if you don’t agree). A trend is called a trend because it’s fleeting.
That’s what trends are, by their very nature. So if you don’t like this one, you can just wait till it passes. Or wear a watered down version of it. ‘Cause that’s really what fashion is. Not a die-hard uniform in a world where everyone wears exactly the same thing, but interpreting it for yourself and making it work in your everyday life.
So while I won’t be looking through plastic goggles anytime soon a la Rihanna, I may entertain the possibility of resting my drink on my structured-hip-dress. ‘Cos nothing works more for a girl than hiding hips underneath a big chunk of fabric.
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