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a dark forecast for fall fashion.

February 18th, 2010 · 3 Comments

From left: Ports 1961, Ports 1961, Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs, Jen Kao, Diesel Black Gold, Araks.

Are American fashion designers depressed? Not likely. But, judging by the predominant colors from the Fall 2010 collections at New York Fashion Week, one might start to wonder; this year the runways were downright dark. After the first two days of shows, the omnipresence of dark garments — be it cotton, fur, leather, or wool — left me wondering if the current economic climate hadn’t affected both the designers’ bottom line and their source for inspiration. Fall’s fashion forecast looks promising, with clothes that are highly fashionable but realistically wearable and intended to sell.

Perhaps it’s a sign of our times — people are distressed and counting pennies, there’s less risk taking in the air. So it’s not surprising that we’re seeing these signs translate to the runway; black is completely appropriate and timely. After all, it’s conducive to brooding, and it masks those extra pounds we’ve gained courtesy of emotional overeating. Plus, dark garments have transformative powers. The second you throw on something black, you’re instantly fashionable and magically stand two inches taller. Right? It’s true. And the designers? They know it, too.

Naturally, I can’t wait for the day when the phrase “in these economic times” is obsolete. But, I think it’s safe to assume that we are allaffected — designers included (they need to survive) – by the downturn. And therefore, it’s logical to see collections that are designed to sell. Hey, black is forever hip — Johnny Cash, Elvis, Joan Jett. And as Morrissey put it, “I wear black on the outside, because black is how I feel on the inside.” I can work with that for now.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rika // Jul 13, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Hello. I am working for a Japanese TV pdicurtoon company in New York. My director in Japan saw a accident footage of Sarah Welch falling to the hole on the stage at LA fashion week, 2007. I was able to find out the person who has the video, but I still need some footage to explain the situation. I am wondering if you have any video that you can release to explain what the fashion show is to the audience in Japan. We would use it just for few seconds only, and it will be aired only in Japan. It would be great if you could contact me bask as soon as possible. Thank you. Best,Aki

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