Crazy Fashion and How To Get a Read On It
Whether you are a seasoned fashion pro or a complete anti-runway pleb, you may find yourself scratching your head at the “stuff” that pops up at fashion week. Well allow me to be the shampoo for that scratching and cleanse away any confusions you may have with confounded catwalk creations.
To break it down, the runway can be separated into a different types of shows. There are diffusion lines such as Z Spoke by Zac Posen which showcase a designers concept of what a certain demographic should wear. Typically these types of lines are more commercial driven, and are geared to cost less to create therefore dropping the price on stores. Many diffusion lines are very black and white when it comes to their inspirations, while the higher level shows such as Ready-to-wear collections and Haute Couture are not always so easy to depict. But that’s why I’m here.
Ready to wear collections like the Alexander McQueen shows or Thom Browne displays may leave you wondering why the models are wearing complete lace masks or why her skirt has a leash… the thing is, some of the more
wacky interesting collections are not to be taken at face value. Many times there is a hidden meaning much like an anagram. For example, the Gareth Pugh collection that had elongated cone masks which was his interpretation of a female warrior done Gareth Pugh style. Of course watching the collection you may assume he was abducted by aliens and that was what they looked like… apparently, you’d be wrong.
At times having a basic understanding of fashion history, art history, and pop culture can tip you off to what is happening to a clothing line as it comes down the runway. Of course having in depth knowledge of designers, where they came from, their previous collections, and what their clients are buying will also help you understand their collection and why they choose to use certain fabrics or use a particular print.
The key with heavily stylized Ready-to-wear collections is that they are so vastly impacted by the designers inspiration that unless you know what that is, you may find it difficult to understand the direction the collection is meant to take you. Haute couture is another level of fashion design that is truly made for the clients of that particular fashion house. The pieces cost as much as a flat in a major city and the designs are whatever the designer feels is a direct interpretation to their minds eye. The fact is the clothes at a couture show are more art than fashion and certainly more fashion than clothing. Clothing is a basic need, fashion can be considered at times wearable art, and couture is art that can be worn.
Still confused? If you don’t want to do the leg work and derive meaning from a certain collection then read blogs, and style experts reviews on the collections to find out the meaning behind the clothing. Trust me I put a lot of thought into the collections and their reviews so be sure to read them and hopefully you can understand why this happened.