Thursday, January 31, 2008
Uptight and Classy Is In, Way In
What could fashion be revealing about the psychology of our time? I looked at some samples from Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton and I detected a fundamental similarity between them. They all seem interested in more contained presentations, straight lines, and calmer form.
As Sam Shahid, an art director, noted when asked about the current trends in fashion,
“Even in photography, everything we’re seeing has a classicism about it.... Things are timeless right now, or you want them to be.”
Michael Kors, a designer whose collection is also sporting more balanced and quieter choices, observes: “...That moment resonates with a lot of people and how they want to live. There is not a minidress to be found, not a platform shoe in sight. And ‘suit’ is not going to be a dirty word.”
The Times contributor, Ruth La ferls points out further,
'Designers seem intent on returning to old-fashioned civilities just the same. Some view the resurrection of a more formally controlled aesthetic as a rebuke to young Hollywood’s disheveled style. Thakoon Panichgul, who will show a collection of body-skimming dresses with subtle ’60s details, maintains that such looks are timely. “There is an energy about being proper,” he said. “It’s not about wholesomeness, it’s about respectability, about having manners again.”
That concept has an unexpected appeal to the young. “So many young women relish the idea of looking turned out,” Mr. Kors said. “It is the opposite of trying so hard to look undone” — an attitude that, as he argued, women in their 20s are beginning to find stale.'
An interesting piece on today's NY Times. Read full text here.
graph per ny times