A week ago a very good friend ,who is making her way into ' the industry', asked me what trends did I think were going to be strong next season.
As a keen observer and participant of what has been going on......I decided to do a round up of what I think has defined the past few weeks in fashion.
1. Social media is here to stay
Twitter, blogs and live online presentations have globalised the 'show' experience and brought the designer closer to the public. I was an initial sceptic, but my opinion instantly changed when I saw the first live streamed show on the LFW website.
Tavi for Pop Magazine via Very very beautiful
2. Bloggers claim front row territory.
Tavi, Susie Bubble and other bloggers have managed to breakthrough a hierarchical, inflexible and slightly archaic 'media' industry, claiming their undisputed influence and place in the fashion world.
Lots of filtering still required but they are here to stay too!
Celine AW10 via Fashionista
3. Trend 'numero uno': Fabric over adornment
For the first time in many seasons we see the return of beautiful, unpretentious and incredibly well cut garments. The attention goes from adornment to the essence of the pieces. Those who mastered this: Prada, Dries and the most talked about and probably influential collection of the season Phoebe Philo's range for Celine.
I would like to see high street attempt copying this trend.
It 'ain't' possible my friend.
Cashmere/wool is cashmere/wool and to buy exquisite Italian mill quality you are talking around €100 to €300 a mtr ...or more....try doing a fabulous coat in a wool polyester mix with 1% cashmere...don't be fooled it WILL look cheap...and adornments to make it look expensive...are NOT WELCOME!!
4. Trend 'numero dos'...Fur
PETA's terribly managed campaigns have seen very little compassion in the hands of designers this season. Fur has been present in far too many shows. As an animal lover I hope this trend doesn't permeate commercially and just stays on the catwalk where it shouldn't have appeared in the first place.
5. Colours.....Earthy earthy earthy. WHITE, black and grey
6. And this season's crown goes to....ALEXANDER MCQUEEN... if there is anything that has been of any significance this season it has been the absence of Alexander McQueen. I still get teary writing about it...it is such a loss! But as many very talented creators he left us at his peak and with the most extraordinary collection which was shown in an intimate 'modest' presentation (for McQueen standard) but which clearly showed how his mastery was unquestionable, no matter where or how it was presented.
The debate continues if he may or may not have been a genius...
Photographs via Style Zeitgeist
in my books he certainly is.