D r e s s e s
Studio 54 and Drug Race all-in-one
Why will you have a delivery of sequinned dresses in high-summer? Why the hell no! World is too depressing right now, and what we need is more glitter!
C o l o u r
Designers, whether offering a high-summer pre-fall collection, or a wintery one, chose to communicate a very colourful and positive message. Purple hues were everywhere, especially with Pantone® announcing Ultra Violet as the colour for 2018. Take note: Pinks and Reds are still around. However, these beautiful terracotta, earthy and sepia colours stole the show for me. They are moody and perfectly different from the brights that will be on sale when these collections hit the shops.
This year will go down as the year that initiated things. We might not know right now what exactly the result will be, but we can all feel that something is brewing. This feeling of uneasiness has to do with socioeconomic changes; on paper, global economy might be doing OK, but peoples’ personal experiences are different. Average Joe was paid less (in value) than their parents did, and are now depending on their immediate social circle for support much longer than before, and are struggling to save money at the end of each month. Let’s not even touch the subject of class progression…
2017 is the year we all had to deal with what 2016 introduced to the world; the rise of populism, Trump, Brexit, a general disruption to the established order. A vague memory, a misguided reminiscence of “greater times”- when the sun would never set in the empire, or when America was “great”- acted as a security blanket for a fast changing world. This new world with emerging economies, vague political ideologies, and new forms of participation, terrified the non-participants. Nostalgia for something that never was became the torch in the search for answers. Even if it is a plaster attempting to fix a knife wound, a power nap before having to wake up and continue what you were doing beforehand.