a collision of the past and present. I spent last weekend, Labor Day weekend, in South Florida. On that Saturday, my brother and I went to IKEA to buy furniture and accessories for his new apartment. We met at my house, or my old house – the house I grew up in, and while I waited for him to eat breakfast, I poked my nose around to see what had changed and what hadn’t. On the coffee table in the living room were photographs of my stepmom from the eighties. She was in her late twenties, she was wearing a high-cut bikini, her hair was in full poof mode, and she may have been wearing blue eye shadow. The shot of her was classic – it could have been right out of movie Top Gun. After poking my nose around for a good amount of time, too long actually, I did what anyone would do with spare time – I checked Facebook. The first bit of “news” on my news feed were mobile uploads of my stepsister, Kirsten, wearing high-waisted jean shorts, a pale neon orange racerback tank, and a white bandeau bra underneath. Wow. Thirty or so years lay between these two photographs yet the fashion had not changed. Not one bit.
From Kirsten’s pose, you could tell that… how do I put this… she thought she was hot shit. She thought she was ahead of the trends. She was actually way behind, thirty or so years. This made my ask the question, how many times have I tried a new trend and thought I was hot shit when really I wasn’t? When I started wearing polka dots early last year, I thought I was genius. No one else was doing it, or so I thought, and I looked downright killer. The trend is rather old though, sixty plus years, which means I made more of a fashion boo-boo than Kirsten. After this question, another came up. Are we at a point in fashion where we’ve done it all? There are a finite amount of ways a garment can be made. Have we reached the limit? Is the future of fashion going to be less invention and more recycling? Or will invention entail new way of mixing trends from different time periods (i.e. mixing a victorian dress a la late 1800s with boots a la 1990s)?