It may be early yet, as 2009 is barely half over, but as we experience the Couture 09 shows I can’t help but wonder how this decade of fashion will come to be described. When I was a young miss in the nineties what people wore seemed so “normal” (i.e. minimalism, thank you Mr. Klein) that I didn’t think you could characterize it.
It’s clear that throughout the nineties and into the millennium designers have been faithfully “reinventing” looks from the past. We can easily say what silhouette is from which decade. We know that a peep toe platform is reminiscent of the forties, neon colors remind us of the eighties, and a high waisted wide leg pant calls to mind the seventies.
As for the nineties, there are several looks that came about. Grunge, a spillover from eighties prep, whatever was going on with the original 90210 cast…etc. I think as time marches forward and individualism becomes more celebrated one defining look ceases to describe a decade of fashion. That isn’t to say, of course, that trends don’t still come and go. There may just be more of them that come and go more quickly.
We have now the first decade of the millennium coming to a close. Who were the innovators? What trends will we look back on? I’m actually more interested to hear the opinion of others, rather than exposit my own. But I’ll leave this off with some food for thought. Innovators in silhouette: Christophe Decarnin for Balmain, Alber Ebaz for Lanvin, and Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte. New guys for the cool crowd: Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, and Alexander Wang. But when you are talking about cool, and by which I mean deconstructed and aged, you must include a Rick Owens jacket. As for us plebeians and the trends on the street, skinnies, leggings, tunics, and gladiator sandals – whether we want to admit it or not.