Topshop used to be my favorite retailer. My sartorial interests aptly fit a gap the fast fashion store so generously filled. Their structured clothing and professional attire drew me into their brick and mortar stores faster than their online shop ever could. But the shopping enthusiast in me hasn’t been very pleased this season. Topshop, always on top of the latest trends, has over-saturated every embellishment that’s come to this earth in the form of natural resources and turned them into the glitter/fringe/sequin vomit we know as today. These sequins I speak of, not to be confused with Rosie Assoulin’s rainbow infused sequined shirt dress which stole the show, are reminiscent of those g-d awful sequin shrugs we wore back in our bat mitzvah heyday. Every retailer seems to be playing a game of, “Who can reconstruct crushed velvet better?” And I just want to spit back in their face and say: “WE GET IT,” the only way a subservient consumer really could. Because of this over-saturation I'm opting for a more minimalist approach to fashion this season, focusing on silhouettes and the way a garment falls on the body. But here are some trends I've actually liked and have incorporated into my wardrobe:
Penny loafers, the proverbial yeshiva day school shoe, owned by students of the conservative variety, have made a come back clad in fur and hot pink metallic. Go-go boots have risen to the occasion, relying heavily on vintage-wanna-be consumers ready to invest in silver jacquard square toe boots. Staple pieces like that basic white tee sitting in the back of your drawer will play a key role this season, worn under slip dresses and bustier tops that serve no purpose other than to show off what you would be wearing under. (Hey, I’m not complaining!). Silks and pajama dressing are now acceptable to wear outside the home, changing the scheme of casual Friday regulations all across New York as I would presume. Piggy backing off the silk trend, as I imagine trend forecasters did, we’re now entering Asia! America have yet to adopt Japanese culture but we’re all for adopting Japanese Giesha prints. Sailor stripes will also be making a re-appearance this fall in all hues of blue and white.
Maybe Victoria Beckham was onto something. Critics argue that her collection shown earlier this week was ‘confusing.’ Maybe fashion this season is confused, combining so many eras from the 60’s to the 06’s. Fashion is trying to please everybody, projecting a society trying to please everybody. Like us, fashion is just trying to get it right.