Is it good or bad to want to wear an outfit immediately after you’ve seen it walk down a runway? I can argue on behalf of both sides. On the one hand, I recognize the power of speed and impulse in a remarkably fast-paced climate. How satisfying it must feel as a designer to know, immediately, that you’ve produced the stuff of fashion virality!
On the other hand, though, there is slow fashion, which not only takes time to make but also to resonate. We’ve spoken about this before. There are some designers who show a collection that makes you uncomfortable, but you’re pleased to be uncomfortable because you know that the unease is an indication that the designer isn’t just maintaining the needle, she’s pushing it forward. So maybe you don’t “get” it immediately, but six months from now, when you can actually have it, you’ll be surprised to find your taste has been informed by whatever it is you shunned during the last runway season. A lot, but not all, of this kind of stuff comes out of Paris.
Here’s the thing, though: I could count at least 10 (fine, nine) looks dating back to days three and four of Paris Fashion Week that I would readily use to cover my body, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing — it doesn’t distract from the emotionality of the clothes (at least as far as I can see), and doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ll be too bored to wear any of it by the time it is available later down the line (these are, after all, spring clothes, and we are, after all, entering winter). And what’s more? It’s fun to picture a new you for a new season. I recommend you try it it, then share your thoughts on the comment branch that is the tree of Man Repeller below.
Here are mine:
Feature photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images; runway photos via Vogue Runway.