NEW YORK STORIES PART III
Trends can be infuriating. If your fashion compass isn’t firmly pointed in one style direction you risk wasting a lot of closet space on things that were only a good idea at the time (or a terrible idea at the time but your friends didn’t have the heart to tell you).
That said, trends on an industry-wide level are incredibly interesting. How is it that so many creative people pulling from so many different sources can arrive at the same conclusions about how their very different customers should dress? Is there really a fashion collective unconscious? I lack the research funding required to answer that question but the overwhelming presence of bona fide sportswear throughout the New York collections provides some evidence for the affirmative. Uptown or downtown, nightclub or country club, designers want us to rethink the fashion game this spring.
Labels like Alexander Wang, Theyskens’ Theory, and Joseph Altuzarra (top row, left to right) sent out looks that make bold, head-to-toe sporting statements using team jersey mesh and athletic gear fittings. Others like Victoria Beckham, Jason Wu, and Rag & Bone (bottom row, left to right) showed looks that used sporting motifs more sparingly to jazz up traditional pieces – Beckham’s anorak is made of silk, Wu’s blouse mixes mesh and chiffon, and Rag & Bone’s blazer is trimmed with perforated leather and zippers.
Images via Style.com