Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fashion Forcast a la crise

The great depression has been referred to alot in the fashion industry now that the economy is on the verge of sliding into a deeper recession..While the economical era back then was indeed depressing, the fashion trends were not.

Styles became softer, more feminine and hemlines dropped dramatically to reflect the somber mood. Dresses were nipped at the waistlines to create a slender hourglass silhouette yet managed to be very subtle and simple with muted hues. Because of its economy and elegance, the little black dress was popular throughout the Depression era, although longer.

Designers sobered up their collections, they became innovative and created their own images because they did not have the money to import popular parisian lace or italian leather.

While spring 09 trends had a general "what recession?" attitude this does not seem to be the case for Fall. The pre-fall 09 lines are out (ALREADY!) and black made a compelling comeback.. as Eric Wilson put it: "black is fashion’s version of comfort food".

“This whole crisis is like a big spring housecleaning — both moral and physical,” Karl Lagerfeld said, "There is no creative evolution if you don’t have dramatic moments like this. Bling is over. Red carpety covered with rhinestones is out. I call it ‘the new modesty.’ ”

The crisis has indeed taken its toll on the luxury industry in Paris and there is a new shift towards "moralising" luxury..

"The entire luxury industry should slash prices. We need a return to reason, decency, discretion, beauty and creativity — in other words, to true values.”

Maybe there is a silver lining after all..

- to creativity, modesty and decency xx


Fashionista said...

interesting post

i hope they do lower their prices

i'm gonna miss bling

Fastidious Babe said...

Fashionista: trend come and go i guess.. but they are influenced by the environment.. i'm guessing bling is gonna to be out of the picture for some time..

FourMe said...

let them take the bling and give us lower prices :/

3anooda said...

-to chanel and burberry being more affordable in order for me to expand my collection


Fastidious Babe said...

FourMe: sounds like a fair exchange huh? XD

3anooda: mm theres the issue of quality of luxury goods.. chanel said they would continue the same level expected of the name.. so i doubt they will change their prices.. lets wait n see! x

Delly said...

to lower prices ;)

Chip'n'Dale said...

Loved the post!
And yes its about time we let go of the bling

Couture Carrie said...

Love what Karl said about "spring cleaning"!


libero anima said...

very interesting ! =)
thanx dude !

Fastidious Babe said...

Delly: to that! x

Chip n Dale: glad u liked it :)

CC: he does have a positive outlook on the situation indeed x

libero anima: so glad u enjoyed it x

Anonymous said...

Are you a doctor or a fashion designer? :-)

Fastidious Babe said...

Dubai guy: I am not a fashion designer, I just have a passion for it :)

nyxxie said...

"there's a silver lining, it's out there somewhere..."

Fastidious Babe said...

true xx

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