It’s a wonderful coincidence that it is a long week-end, because Resort is all about vacation! We’re going somewhere warm in our imaginations, and we imagine a glass of margarita nearby.
What I have noticed the most is actually a colour: yellow was absolutely everywhere. Although designers do not seem to agree on a precise shade, may I predict yellow as a potential “Colour Of The Year 2020”? For my part, I wouldn’t mind a joyous sunshine yellow for the colour of the year, it’s be nice.
It’s very common to see fashion styles from previous decades come back, but I was surprised to see a modest come-back of the 1930s. Those who love classic cinema, jazz and music halls, as well as those who love gangster stories such as Al Capone, or Bonnie and Clyde, will see the potential of this trend. Take out your fedoras!
Another interesting come-back. After the return of woven raffia bags, we are seeing the return of crochet as a fabric (rather than a decorative detail).
The last trend is a regular, black and white contrasts are nothing new. However, it is a classic decorative element worth consideration when shopping for new clothes.
This is a substyle of the Classic/Timeless style. However, it is more a list of essential wardrobe items than an actual fashion style, from a fashion theory point-of-view.
In fact, several years ago, there was a style called “basic b*tch”, but it was often used in a pejorative manner. Don’t get me wrong: many people, when they need to modify their wardrobes quickly, after losing or gaining weight, or because they had reached a new chapter of their lives, invest in classic basics first, and improve their wardrobe with new additions later. There’s nothing wrong with that! Just keep in mind to have at least one or two items or accessories that add life to your outfit. You can really level up you style by simply adding one small item to add personality.
This specific style has a narrow palette of colours: black, grey, white, and fleshtone. “Fleshtone” means different things to different people. We are almost 8 billion people; there are, therefore, almost 8 billion skintones. Add to this equation that we might have different preferences… Let’s not argue on the exact Pantone colour of “skintone”, it will be a sordid waste of time.
Essentials: White t-shirt White shirt Tailored jacket Little black dress Knee-lenght skirt Black pants Dark-wash jeans Ballet flats Plain black or brown shoes Plain black or white sneakers
Sometimes also called “chic” or “elegant” style. This style is neat and tidy by definition. It will appeal to those who like tailored garments and classic accessories (such as a rolex watch, just to give an easy example).
Essentials: A “little black dress” (or a black cocktail dress) A shift dress (any colour) A white shirt A tailored suit (or at least a tailored jacket) A “Chanel” suit A pencil skirt Dress pants Classic-cut jeans A trench coat A classic handbag An elegant evening clutch Black shoes/pumps Knee-high boots Oversized sunglasses A pearl necklace, plus matching bracelet and earrings Classic gold or silver jewelry, accessories, or watch
I have to warn you: for this Couture review, we are stepping into the land of pure extravaganza. We are going to a ball in a fictional era between the Victorian and Rococo eras, and we are going to bed elegantly dressed in the most beautiful chemises, while nightly creatures visit us. This is a land of fairy-tale fantasies, and you are invited to embrace your dreams and fantasies.
“Ladies and gentlemen, you have been invited to the Couture ball, Fall-Winter 2019-2020. Formal attire is required. Please confirm your presence in advance.”
While the chemise was considered an undergarment, and the closest thing to nudity, it is now presented as an evening gown worthy of a queen… Let’s not forget that Marie-Antoinette wore chemise gowns!
Moon and stars
As the ball comes to an end, Faeries of the Night come to greet the guests. They are wearing their finest attire, decorated with embroideries of the moon and the stars. As the guest leave, the Faeries take over the ballroom and dance until dawn.
Thank you for reading. I hope you have a wonderful weekend so far!
As for Fall-Winter Ready-to-wear, I have noticed a major trend, and two smaller trends. As we are stepping into a new decade, the definition of romance is slightly shifting, and we are starting to see a change in gender roles as well. Here, femininity is represented by sophisticated lace and bows, while pants are appearing in wedding gowns. There is something in this list for both brides. 🙂
As mentioned in my introduction, the definition of femininity is slowly changing for the women of the 2020s. It’s not so much about extravagant tulle ballgowns, and much more about classic, elegant designs that are timeless in shape; while the feminine aspect is infused by complex lace designs. There’s no subtlety: lace is from head to toes, we are going far beyond a small trim.
Still in the philosophy of classic femininity, we are seeing big formal bows on the back of gowns, reminescent of a obi’s musubi (the bow at the back of a Japanese kimono, they have names according to their shapes, but I don’t know them).
She wears the pants
Last but not least in terms of social evolution, even upper scale designers agree that the bride of the 2020s is not the bride of the 1920s, and bridal outfits with pants can be seen in their collections. It’s about time if you ask me!
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. Have a wonderful week-end!
Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying Summer so far.
For Ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2019-2020, I’ve noticed one major trend: aristocratic aesthetics, and 3 smaller trends that seem to complement this aristocratic style. I’m sure you must be curious already; so, without any further ado, let’s have a look at these trends.
This is really the major theme for Fall-Winter 2019-2020, and you’ll notice it in Couture shows as well. This is a trend inspired by formal dinners and tea parties of a long-gone era. Tuxedos, riding habits, and long dresses define this style. It’s a trend inspired by historical TV shows and movies such as Downton Abbey.
To match this vintage elegance aesthetics, coats are long for Fall-Winter 2019-2020. A short sport coat would look odd with the outfits shown above.
Capes and cloaks
Long cloaks also fit perfectly with the aristocratic style. They also add an interesting volume to silhouettes. All you need is a little bit of wind to give it a small movement, and it’s perfectly cinematographic…
Sorry for the title… The last sub-trend is all about adding sparkles and diamonds to an outfit. Show off that bling!
Thank you for reading. I hope that I have inspired your inner aristocrat. Have a great day!
With documentaries like The True Cost and more recently Fashion’s Dirty Secret, we’ve all been made more aware of the shocking environmental impact and human cost caused by cheap clothing. Even fashion influencers cannot avoid the criticism and have started to broach the subject (albeit tentatively) of sustainability.
Environmental issues are at the forefront of everyone’s minds as people are paying more attention to the brands they give their money to in a bid to reduce waste and avoid unnecessary purchases. With Instagram engagement at an all time low, it’s no surprise that consumers are alert to marketing tactics and are reluctant to engage with influencers promoting products to make a commission.
So it makes sense fast fashion influencers are trying to join the conversation and show their followers that sustainability is something they’re also thinking about. We have to be careful of who we listen to when it comes to discussions around sustainability; to find out which brands are actually doing good and which ones are just faking it.
I think this is an important subject of conversation to have these days. Even children see the pictures of polluted oceans on the news, and are starting to react to these problems by making lifestyle choices… And maybe adults should too?
This is why I wanted to take a few minutes to explain what I do on this blog. Although I have many posts about fashion trends, and I use these trends to inspire me in my crafts and daily life, I’m not here to advertise any of those brands. The primary focus of this blog is to show my handmade creations, fashion styling ideas and trends are a bonus.
I’m a consumer too, and I don’t deny it. I’m avid book collector, I love colourful kitchen gadgets, and I officially own thousands of pencils and pens (but never find the right one). This whole sustainability debate is NOT about shaming anyone’s spending habits, it’s only a wake-up call that we need to reconsider the way we consume products, the way we advertise them online, and the long-term impact our lifestyles have.
I’ve made a pledge at the beginning of 2019 to seriously reduce my clothing purchases, and make more things by myself (technically, my own labour is locally sourced). So far, I’ve purchased only one dress, which is good, but I’ve made very few things, which is not so good.
As for my craft supplies, I still have way too much acrylic (a.k.a. plastic) stored in boxes, which I already had or have been given. As for the garments I make, when they are too ugly, I try to re-use the materials, which is already an improvement.
In the end, it’s not about perfection, it’s about effort and “walking your talk”.
Also called “leisurewear”. This is the fashion style most easily recognized by children and teenagers: a t-shirt, denim pants or shorts, sneakers, and you’re good to go! By definition, casual style is relaxed and confortable.
Essentials: T-shirt Tank tops Jersey dress Wrap dress/summer dress Jeans Dress shirt, with sleeves rolled up and button-down Denim jacket Sport coat or blazer Sneakers Boat shoes Loafers Flat or low-heeled shoes Sandals
With the summer heat, I admit I need a little extra motivation. If, like me, you need a little #MotivationMonday, here are some great fashion-related quotes. Some of them might even count as life advice!
Note: I’m going to try to go through all the various fashion styles, in separate blog posts for clarity and convenience. Once I’m done, I will try to write a better version of this analysis. Try to see this post as the first draft of a bigger thesis that might take years to complete.
If you are as interested as I am in fashion history, you might have noticed that some fashion trends, or even entire movements, seem to come back in a cyclical manner.
In fact, some analysts call it the “20 year rule”, a general concept that a trend popular right now will be brought back by a designer (or several) in two decades from now. There’s an aspect of nostalgia and lack of new ideas in this, of course, but it is often proven true.
This is probably the most common and recognizable fashion trend for young people these days, but did you know that sportswear was already fashionable in the 1910s (in other words, the Titanic era)? Yes, one hundred years ago, clothing manufacturers saw the potential of advertising an athletic lifestyle, featuring sport celebrities, to sell their products.
Afterwards, the trend came back regularly, depending mostly on the popular sports celebrities of their time; but also on popular sports and activities, such as yoga pants and leggings being popular these days because they are associated with a healthy lifestyle, with or without celebrity endorsement.
Trend cycle: regular, unpredictable, based on external factors.
This fashion trend became a classic as well. In the 1910s, Mariano Fortuny created elaborate evening gowns inspired by the goddesses of Greek mythology. The trend came back during the 1940s and was such a hit at red carpet events that it has never really disappeared ever since. If you check couture runway shows and black tie events, you are likely to see draped dresses inspired by these original styles.
After all, which woman wouldn’t want to look like a goddess?
Trend cycle: regular, now accepted as a classic style, unlikely to disappear anytime soon.
Now, let’s continue with the cyclical trends:
After World War I, the so-called “Lost Generation” came back home believing there would be no other war (I feel like inserting a little “lol” here, but would be cruel), and they started partying, creating, inventing, and changing society as a whole. Overall, it was a great era, but the Roaring Twenties were a decade of rebellion for young people who left the tea parties of their elders behind to hang out in clubs with their own generation. So was born the Flapper girl, with her short skirt, short hair, alluring makeup, and mary-jane shoes appropriate for the new dance styles of the jazz era.
Fast-forward 40 years, the Baby Boomers came of age in the 1960s, and they also rejected the traditional values of their parents, in favour of Rock & Roll, Motown, Woodstock, and sexual freedom. Honestly, the “peace & love” generation caused many social revolutions that we take for granted today. Their sexual revolution, just like the Flappers, came equipped with shorter skirts, elaborate hair and makeup, and mary-jane shoes that were perfect for dancing the new trendy dances.
Trend cycle: 40 years, although Millenials have been rather calm in terms of major fashion trends. What might define the Millenial generation the most for historians is digital technology and everyone doing their own thing fashion-wise; but, right now, it’s very hard to look at things from a distance, so we’ll have to wait.
À la Garçonne
At the same time as the Flapper style, a boyish style emerged for women. Socially, women were emancipating, suffragettes were defending women’s rights to be treated as men, and some of them believed that, in order to be treated like a man, you must look like one. The desire to do sports fueled the trend, and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel embraced it completely.
However, it would take until the 1970s for the wearing of pants to be completely accepted by societies around the world. A note-worthy example in popular culture of the 1970s’ androgynous style might be Diane Keaton’s character in Annie Hall.
Trend cycle: 50 years.
Although I have found examples of early 20th century clothing inspired by early 19th century attire, considered more romantic, these individual styles were not connected to a specific movement, except perhaps Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics. The first major trend came with the robe de style of the 1920s, offering an alternative to the sexy Flapper and the boyish Garçonne. The robe de style was clearly inspired by the dresses of the Rococo era, with small panniers and floral designs.
Romanticism would make a comeback in the late 1930s, but would be pushed aside quickly by the restrictions and rationing of World War II.
After the Second World War, society was ripe for excess and romance. The “New Look” created by Christian Dior offered large skirts inspired by the 1860s, and borrowed a few ideas from the Rococo era as well, like the Balmain dress below.
In the 1970s, Laura Ashley started a new trend, in contradiction with the disco era, inspired by the Victorian era. (These were worn with Doc Marten’s boots though, it was the 1970s.)
In the late 1990s, but mostly in the 2000s, Japanese lolita fashion became a worldwide fashion trend (thanks to the internet), borrowing aesthetics from the Victorian and Rococo eras, and offering a romantic and exaggeratedly feminine alternative to regular fashion.
Trend cycle: 20-30 years, at most… Romance is always popular, the only things that really change are the styles and the lifestyles associated with these trends.
Although the power suit and big shoulder pads are associated with the 1980s, the trend originated during World War II. As wartime women took on masculine roles while men were fighting abroad, their fashion styles became much more masculine.
As I said, big shoulders and big sleeves came back in the 1980s, but as a symbol of business power and success. Popular television shows, such as Dynasty and Dallas, offered prime examples of 1980s fashions, and were quickly copied by their fans.
Trend cycle: 40 years.
Rebellion, Punks and Hipsters
Last but not least, this is the cycle that surprised me the most because I imagined them as separate things.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Baby Boomers were young and rebellious; and movies like The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando, had an impact on fashion. Girls sighed at the sight of Elvis Presley, James Dean, and Brando, and boys wanted to look like them. The Greaser style was born.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, Punks created a similar fashion style, but with a completely different philosophy. They borrowed the leather jacket and denim pants of the Greasers, but added new hairstyles to the look.
Today, the punk style still endures, and well, but the philosophy behind it has become more political than ever. After all, we are in a good era for political activism.
Skinheads, Grunge and Hipsters all derive from these styles, to a certain extent.
Trend cycle: 20-30 years, but fueled by political activism.
Ok, now what? Do you want to bet about the future? Just a warning: I don’t bet money, it will have to be a friendly bet.
The way I see it, the time is ripe for gender rights issues and non-binary genders; so, I think the next big trend for the early 2020s will be the return of the À la Garçonne style, and gender-neutral clothing. However, I don’t know who will take the plunge first: men or women?
Then, I predict a return to romance in the late 2020s, but quickly followed by a return of the masculine big shoulders and big sleeves. In fact, we might see big Victorian sleeves make a comeback as a romantic style (it often does), it’s not a contradiction.
What are your bets?
I also want to conclude this blog with a warning to young aspiring designers, stylists and crafters: you have ZERO obligation to follow any trend. Be yourself, do your own thing, and create the next big thing. It’s people like you who create trends, never forget that. Just be yourself.