The Pre-fall 2015 shows have come and gone…and in my opinion, the collections felt a little lackluster.
Designs felt scattered and lacked a cohesive narrative, collectively and individually. The strongest showing came from Gucci and Fendi. Both were stronger in story and color and shape. A couple other looks from Vera Wang, Prabal Gurung & Chlöe grabbed my attention (included below), but the pre-fall 2015 showcase paled in comparison to previous years. From a trend perspective this is often indicative of a greater unrest economically, politically, socially and culturally. 2014 has been a tumultuous year at best – the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the ensuing protests are at the forefront of my own mind in the United States. From ebola outbreaks and planes-gone-missing to the violence of ISIS, this year has felt greatly shadowed by controversy and hatred. I know these kinds of trials are not without precedent – but it’s hard to feel terribly bright and upbeat at the end of the day in the aftermath of such violence and utter lack of conscience and compassion. The best we can do is to sit with and struggle with these violations of human justice and look for ways of transforming the grief and hatred and sorrow into positive action, change and hope.
With regard to trend forecasting, the next several years will be pivotal for aesthetics. We are challenged with interpreting these tragedies sartorially – will our approach to fashion turn escapist? Turn reverent? Turn defeatist? I have many ideas already. And with a cautious, yet full heart, I look forward to 2016. Yes, 2016. 2015’s insights are right HERE.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!