Reflections on Trends
“What was I thinking?” I asked myself when I reflected on titling Tuesdays ‘Trending’. It goes against just about everything I believe in because I really do march to the beat of my own drum. “Keeping up with the Joneses” is a phrase I’ve always loathed and would go to great lengths to do the opposite.
So in thinking about trending my mind gravitates to the word following and then aversion. I don’t think I’ve always felt or believed in this philosophy because growing up poor I distinctly remember wanting, not to be rich, but not wanting to be so poor. After becoming an adult I still didn’t have a desire to be rich but I just needed to be able to make ends meet.
I have a deep appreciation for quotes and my favorite, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, could very well be my personal motto.
One of the things I like most about life’s experiences is diversity. Diversity as we approach each brand new day; diversity of plant, animal and human life; diversity in our cultures, ethnicity, sex, belief systems, etc. is what makes life interesting. Diversity is one of the reasons I feel so strongly about inclusion especially as it relates to those with disabilities.
We are all different. The other day I mentioned that there are over 7 billion people in the world and it blows my mind to think that out of all these individuals we are ALL (each one of us) unique. I can’t even comprehend the number 7 billion (throw in all those who’ve gone on before us and those who haven’t been born yet) and it is unfathomable the idea that not one of us is identical. Sure, we can share some common traits across a wide range of characteristics but we are still inherently different. Poet, essayist, and novelist, Audre Lorde, once said “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
So in thinking about the current trends which I will get to in a moment, I just really wanted to express that we should embrace our differences and be able to say to ourselves ‘just be the best me that I can be’. I didn’t intend to sound like Dr. Seuss but I seem to recall back in grade school that rhymes are fairly easy to remember.
Each and every one of you is precious beyond compare and there is none like you. Self-expression is how we can best set ourselves apart and define our individual style. So when I look at trends they are merely a guide and not the absolute and my best advice is to take the information in, churn it around to obtain an outcome that suits you.
New York Fashion Week is a huge to-do held twice yearly in February and September. The event is a who’s who of fashion industry gurus eagerly anticipating the next season’s biggest influencers.
What’s on Tap?
Following are four 2014 spring trends from Glamour and a sampling of designers featured:
Pastels, when I hear this word I always think about Easter eggs. It’s probably just due to these soft shades being associated with the bloom of spring. Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor among other designers presented a range of pastels including lilac , baby blue and minty green.
Boxy, Cropped (Non-Moto) Jackets come in a wide variety of prints and textures. Per their name their short, square cut shaped design makes them flexible enough to go with skirts, trousers or jeans. Designers BCBG Max Azria, Rebecca Minkoff, Thakoon were represented in the photo on Glamour’s site.
Contrast Collar Button-Down Shirt – make a statement with the color contrast on the collars and cuffs of these menswear inspired shirts. (Alexander Wang, Costello Tagliapietra, Altuzarra)
Wide Legged Trousers – The writer for Glamour said that these, I love this word (billowy), trousers are not just for leggy models but personally unless I could wear heels I know that I would appear much shorter than I already am in these. The look is nice on the models though. (BCBG Max Azria, Trina Turk, Rosie Assoulin)
These are just four of the spring 2014 trends and I hope to share more with you next week.
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ~Harvey Fierstein