Friday, February 02, 2007

Trends 2007 - The Wall Street View

The Wall Street Journal Asia is an unlikely place to go to read about fashion, but today I just have to mention their current weekend edition.
Despite being 80 percent devoted to the business world and 10 percent to food, sometimes the paper also turns its focus on fashions. Of course it counts among its writers the famous Teri Agins, the author of "The End of Fashion," a must-have book about designers.
But in one article, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan looks at how trends from the 1960s mod era are returning to the catwalk and the streets in 2007.
One of the trends she mentions comes as a surprise: metallic bags, clothes and shoes. Anyone walking around in Taipei over the past year must have seen all the dozens if not hundreds of handbags covered in gold, silver and platinum colors. Hardly a new trend for 2007, in my mind, just a continuation of what's already established. Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquiere - you know, the inventor of the motorcycle bag - apparently went one further by launching metal-plated leggings, so there.
Another 2007 trend is the appearance of oversized printed patterns in loud colors on dresses. The geometric patterns come in pink, yellow, blue, orange, and bright red. Tan also gives the opposition a voice, saying the patterns are overwhelming and makes it look like the dresses are wearing the women, instead of the other way round.
Tan also sees a resurgence of Yves Saint Laurent-era trapeze dresses and their less extreme A-line counterparts. Lanvin and, again, Balenciaga were the groundbreakers here late last year, but the trend has now expanded to hit New York as well, Tan writes.
Shoes have never caught a lot of my interest, but to be complete, I'll mention that transparent plastic is the way to go here. Even Louis Vuitton has launched shoes with heels in extravagant shapes or partly made out of plastic - let's call it Lucite. Again, Tan mentions a critic saying the plastic looks trashy and cheap.
We'll have to wait and see which of these trends make it to the streets of Taipei later this year.


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