Monday, July 26, 2010

Fashion of the future

Yesterday I was walking past a shop and saw tiny floral prints and plaid shirts in the window.  Now, I've been aware for awhile that the 1980s are back again, fashion-wise, but all these florals and flannels are distinctly 1990s.  It was alarming.  I mean, I remember the eighties, but the nineties? I was a teenager! I was at the mall, buying these things, feeling original!  Designers just keep recycling trends!

It wasn't the first time I've thought this.  But yesterday my thoughts continued.  You know how movies that take place in the future always show some weird fashion (picture a 1950s vision of the future with silver spacesuits, for example).  Well, how are we ever going to get there if designers just keep jumping back twenty years to steal old trends?

Think about how differently we dress now than we did 100 years ago.  Quite different, yes?  But now things don't seem to be going anywhere.  Denim leggings? Yes, I've been there.  And when I was wearing tie-dye and bell-bottoms in 1994, my mom had seen it already.

Fashion designers - or maybe us, the masses - need to come up with some original ideas.  Things need to get weirder.  Otherwise our vision of 2100 should just be maybe some women in low-riding jeans carrying Coach bags.  Boring.

Where is my silver jumpsuit, darn it?

1 comment:

  1. Design your silver jumpsuit, Liz. You can be fashion forward. And then I'll wear the black and khaki jumpsuit you're going to make me for teaching at Michaels. : )

    But, yeah, I know what you mean. what IS original?