Every time I open a Vogue magazine or watch a runway show, my husband, Mikey says, “Who would wear that?”. I’ve tried to explain it to him, and yet the question remains. I’m gonna break it down for all of you who ask the same question when you see Gigi Hadid walking the runway with a bird’s nest on her head.
It isn’t meant to be worn. These pieces aren’t for sale. It’s wearable art. Consider the runway a performance piece and Fashion Week the big opening reception. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity, not functionality. Do you question abstract expressionism (think Jackson Pollock)? Some of you (like Mikey) probably do. It’s very similar. It simply exists to be art. It’s about the paint itself and the action of painting. So, color, line, texture, and mood are what you end up with. You’re not supposed to see anything specific in the work.
Runway shows are more about publicity and selling the overall style/feel of a designer’s collection. The theme will later translate to more wearable pieces. What do I mean by “theme”? The color palette, material, etc… The runway is just a canvas for the designer to display their art and make a statement. And you have to consider the entire package – the setting, makeup, music, etc. Here is a good example – Rodarte. Their collection was feminine, gothic, and a bit whimsical (yes, all of those adjectives in one). You can view their Fall NYFW show here.
(Marc Jacobs and Lady Gaga. Photo credit Kevin Tachman)
Because these designers are so influential, their designs inspire every level of fashion. What you find at Forever 21 was in fact introduced on the runway last year. The person (fictional character, actually) who put it best was Miranda from “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.”
With that being said, there are also a lot of wearable items shown at NYFW. For example, Tom Ford and Versace.
Finally, to the point… Fur, leather, metallics, suede, florals, lace, chokers (or anything around the neck really), puffer jackets, elaborate embroidery, fringe, and fabrics inspired by upholstery. Those are the trends this Fall. Of course there are more but I personally do not like them, and this is my blog so I chose to omit. Curious? Go watch the shows and decide for yourself. You may now have a slightly different view.