awkwardpariah asked: Your last post from Ralf Laruen (by the way, news to me that they even made cloths for women) brings to mind an interesting question. Given that for the last 10+ years in which our society has had a consistent trend of retro fads where the 70s and 80s were making a comeback, what would you rather see in this decade: A return to the styles of the 90s (which I think is where we're going, and I'm all for that), those of the 40s and 50s, OR should we just fuck retro and start working on future shit?
To be honest, fashion has been recycling itself since pretty much forever. The 1910s tried to bring back the French Empire styles of the 1800s, the 1920s fell in love with the Edo era of Japan, the 1970s aimed for Middle Ages peasant wear, etc., etc. And don’t even get me started on the 90s, which went steadily through the 50s, 60s, and 70s before it got dangerously close to regurgitating itself.
The trouble with fashion is that there are very few original ideas that actually work. It’s either a “tribute” to something that already exists, or something so outrageously strange that it will never make it outside of couture. Beyond that, you have your “classics” that mostly derive from the early 20th century, which generally never change.
In all honesty, I see today’s trends (today being the last 20+ years) as being a general clusterfuck of everything that’s come before. Take any trend that’s ever happened, maybe add some oversaturated hues, and bang, you’ve got a current style. If anything, the one thing I would love to see come back into style would be some natural tones and more structured, practical clothing. They used to make clothes that were constructed to last for years, our society has become so disposable and changeable that “fashion” is whatever is shocking enough to sell a few loud shirts in Target.
If you can’t tell, this is a bone I’ve had to pick for a while. To answer your question more directly, I hope fashion doesn’t progress towards either option (the 90s being nothing but reiterations, and the 40s-onward being the advent of ready-made clothes and the beginning of the problem), I hope people begin to embrace the idea of fewer, better-made clothes that last.