Trends- what’s happening to fashion?

Trends- what’s happening to fashion?

Fashion became boring and trends are not trends, just clothes worn in a way that looks good… on Instagram or in the shop window. If you have not heard everything about this by now, then catch up!

The situation that inspired this post:

I posted a screenshot of the Chanel cruise show ’17 on my Instagram story before I even looked at the show (my bad but I was excited!) and one of my Fashionista friends replied to it: “It didn’t excite me at all.” Well, fair enough, it was boring, nothing new, nothing exciting, a few pretty clothes that will be superduperextra expensive anyway, because they are hand-made from the finest materials that are brought from a don’t-know-how-to-pronounce-its-name place that no one has ever heard about. There has to be a reason why these clothes are expensive and there is a few really. They put so much work and effort in them from designing through making to selling. Otherwise luxury brands would not exist by now and the fashion world would disappear. Well, fashion is definitely not as “fun” as it was before, but I like dreaming about the impossible. (question is how long it is actually impossible for?)

So we have all these big brands, Chanel, Fendi, Versace, Prada etc, etc with a new collection every year. What I see is that they bring a new collection every year and I forgot what was in their last collection every year. Why? Simply because they are boring, they are not artsy, or amusing or breathtaking any more. Nothing that you would remember for ever. What I see in them is good marketing (never learnt about it but I can recognise when I see it) Luxury brands sell or give these special clothes for those who will wear them in “weird” ways that look good… on Instagram. Obviously all the followers will copy these people (mostly bloggers and influencers) because it looked cool ON THEIR INSTAGRAM and they will wear these so-called “trends” on the streets because it LOOKED COOL ON INSTAGRAM. Some bloggers will be able to copy the outfit exactly the same, including the brands, some bloggers however will buy the cheaper version in fast-fashion shops. So much waste for those Instagram posts that do not look cool on the streets at all.

But the topic is subjective. Maybe there are people out there who can pull-on the off-duty style without looking homeless. Or gingham without looking like an American diner.

I want to hear your opinion, because everyone has an idea on what fashion, street style or trends are. They are not just words, they are things You are doing every day without even thinking about it. Believe me there is a reason why you want to wear the same jeans every day, or why do you have a “nothing to wear” outfit.

I don’t think there are any new trends any more to be really honest. People choose, buy and wear clothes the way they want with a bit of an influence from social media and from the shops. Whatever shops they are going in, from vintage shops to second hand and fast fashion shops. Trends were real trends back in time, when everyone wanted biker jackets and all leather everything, then miniskirts, then flared jeans, then the tightest clothes until we arrived to an era where celebrities wear crystal clothes and their own skin and they try to overdress each other on fashion events, like the MET and they end up being slut-shamed, body-shamed and whatever-else-you-can-shame-them-for shamed because they wear… basically nothing. That’s not a trend, skin is your own privacy, not a trend. Yeah show some skin, it’s sexy, it can look pretty and fashionable and stylish, but sometimes just leave it to the imagination. And put more clothes on.

Also naked or not naked people on big fashion events is just one thing I don’t find trendy Bloggers and what they are wearing are another. I think I “unfollowed” a few bloggers on social media because they were wearing uninspiring outfits, they looked trashy and not the stylish trashy, the hideous trashy. I didn’t find them inspiring any more, because they looked like they just put on everything they got for free to show these clothes in one outfit and one blogpost and probably get paid more for the weird creation they called “street style”.

There are no good, inspiring trends any more. That’s one of the reasons why I turned upside down my mum’s old closet in my grandma’s house. I needed and still in need for inspiration what’s next for the blog. Those clothes are coming back in fashion, but I would wear them anyway because they are basic items I can wear with anything any time, any season, and no one will care if it’s in fashion or not. Mum jeans are a very controversial topic. People say it looks cool only on Instagram. Well, I wore them, maybe you saw me and hated it, maybe you saw me and loved it, but they are comfy, and meaningful for me, so I will happily keep them. Thanks Mum!

I say I don’t follow trends, because trends don’t exist. They do, see the fishnet is a big trend now, but it looks stupid for me and on me. It’s not boring, but it is because there is nothing exciting in it and you will regret wearing them in a few month anyway. But this one of those clothes you can see on bloggers, and then in high street shops, this is what every shop offers you, the same things, worn the same way. You don’t even need to think about what to wear your off shoulder top with any more (they are quite trendy now as well, aren’t they?) because the shops put it on a  mannequin in the window and there you go, you have the whole outfit figured out for you. And every other costumer have that outfit too. It’s not trend. It’s not fashion, it’s not creative and it’s not art. It’s boring. Fashion became boring and it’s all about the money now, so as a first step, I will keep wearing the same clothes over and over again, buy some new stuff but wear it my way, because I don’t see any mannequins when I’m shopping online anyway, and you will decide if you like it or not. If you have an opinion about it, that’s a good second step, because it means you saw something you did not see before. Then as a third step I will keep telling stories about my clothes, because I like buying meaningful things and I also like to know more about fashion, so if I wear something that might have more stories, I will write that down too.

And now here I am saying fashion is boring. It is, because people play less with their clothes, they are less creative with their outfits, however they should own more the clothes shops offer and change “trends” to something that is their own “trend”. I have friend who only wear black or only second hand clothes. I think they are cool with their always different outfits. I also love when people wear the same clothes in different ways. That’s creative.

At the same time, fashion is an expanding industry with surprises, that will lead to more creativity and more “artsyness” in the world. Even if luxury brands dictate trends, and even if all of us (yeah me too) wear off shoulder tops right now (this is just an example, same for gingham, embroidery, etc etc), there are ways to wear it differently than in those windows. And you can also wear them twice… 😉

I just want Alexander McQueen and Coco Chanel back. Or someone new in the fashion world who will turn it upside down and it will become exciting again, so I can spend hours on my laptop live watching the shows and forgetting about the world around me!

D.

2 Comments

  1. August 1, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Hi Dora,
    I think a little differently about fashion. I have the l’art pour l’art perspective on everything in this world, in every art, and I think fashion is the eighth art. And what I love the most about art is beauty. I’d like to understand it, but since it’s beautiful, I will love it and I don’t really care if it’s not so meaningful. This is why I appreciate the best of the big designer houses Dior (I really into MGC’s new collection!), Fendi, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Oscar de la Renta and Dolce&Gabbana (the Alta Moda Collection was everything I could dream about). I find them breathtaking, and I have your point,
    not because they are so exciting or new, but because they look stunning to my eyes. They remind me that feeling when I entered the St Peter Cathedral in Rome and I just stood there with open mouth and tried to take in every little detail, however I knew it would be impossible. Or look at those Elie Saab gowns, which ruffles are like the ocean or like a romantic sunset. They are all so classy and they celebrate beauty. They are not new or trendy (btw I really hate this word) but they are beautiful and this is enough for me, because I think beauty and art are things which are worth living for. But I wrote about high fashion, fast fashion is a really different topic. Altough maybe I have a more conservative style than you do, I can’t deny your opinion and I’m happy that you shared this post, because it could start a discussion about our favourite topic. 🙂 Have a nice day!
    One of Your readers,
    Horváth Zsófia Anita

    • August 1, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Hi Anita!

      I’m glad to hear an opinion! I actually agree, the big houses always bring something that’s more than what we wear on the streets, but for me when someone says Dior or Givenchy, the only thing that comes to my mind is Audrey Hepburn’s LBD. I have to admt Dior’s latest couture collection in the dessert was a memorable one.

      I understand your point and partly agree and you are right fast fashion and luxury brands are still different, my point is that nothing seem to be interesting or breathtaking for me enough to still care what are the latest trends.

      Thank you for reply, it was really interesting to read your opinion and I really appreciate it! 🙂
      Have a fab day! ❤
      Dora

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