Roster of Fall Trends [+ & what are you doing for fall?]
So I'm not even thinking about the spring runway collections...I mean, SPRING. goodness sakes...here in SoCal it's still warm at times...I can't even whip out my fall ideas [2 posts ago]. I mean, you try wearing your fall wardrobe when it's 80-90 degrees out! Or even worse, your winter palette (mine is pink, red, white, cream, gray, black) It's really annoying too because I'm just slumming it --clothing-wise-- I just wear whatever + sweatpants half the time. I wore my phillip lim uniqlo dress like the 2nd day of the semester and...that was it. I feel like I'm in limbo! Anyway, so how in the world can I think about spring when we haven't even gotten through fall and winter...and those 100s of collections? It's way too overwhelming.
About a month ago I decided to catalogue all the trends different writeups were saying would be in (or rather, what those in the know would be more inclined toward) for F/W 2007...and it's a LOT:
gray, and brown
dark with the occasional punch of a rich, muted color
purple shade accent colors
large, volumed sleeves
matte metallics/ lame
thick, heavy heels [maryjanes, oxfords]
very fitted, body-conscious clothes
origami folds [interesting, but unfortunately not mainstream]
broad/strong shoulders [ewwww]
as always, waistline goes higher and higher.
sequins [well, they had a lifespan of a week a month ago]
white tights [not so much I think]
cowls to hoods
brocade, satin, velvet
sooo which of these are you guys doing? what are you gravitating toward? I already spilled the beans on what I'm leaning toward for F/W, so you guys do the same! I want to know. From this list though, all I know is that I'm good with the lady-like and minimalism...and dark opaque leggings [along with decorative, interesting, leggings] are a must...like the one thing that's a for-sure for this season.
F/W 2007 declared "in" things that are an issue:
fur. (cough cough) [that's what they say every year]
feathers (cough cough?) [I don't think it's sticking]
patent leather? [well they say this every year as well]
Of course, I'm sure you read the ethics on leather post I did, so I am going to insert my "mini-PSA" about fur. You know there's something to it when Rebecca Taylor and Nicole Miller very recently announced that they are never using fur again.
I've made so many posts about the problem with fur and the common arguments for wearing fur...they're all under the "category" section under "animal cruelty - skins industry". But today I'm just going to say this... it's important to be an aware consumer. Animals (including the babies, whose skins are also prized) go through so much pain and torture right when they're born and are ill-treated. Their lives go unappreciated. It's not as easy as people want to believe-- that they live in the wild, then are captured, and you take the meat and make it into a coat. Some people tend to have a "it's what's typical of life" mentality, that the fittest survive.
But this is unapplicable, this industry is so beyond cruel. They don't even have a fighting chance to live. This isn't natural selection. And then there's the, "We need to control the population." And that's just...uncomprehensible to me. The demand is big enough that these fur farms are inhumanely killing millions of lives that they make them keep breeding and breeding. Animals were not put on Earth to be exploited. Someone once said that a country can be judged on the way it treats it's animals...which holds much truth. What makes the pain between your dog and a fox different? Why do 20 chinchillas need to be killed to hang on a woman? And speaking of dogs, the fur industry is so huge now that in China, dogs and cats are being skinned alive for their skins, so then that brings a closer question, how is your dog's life any different from another dog's? And then there's the apathetic, "Why should you care?" Well, why wouldn't you?
The good crazy part is you can do something about it. The only way it can happen is if the demand goes down. You can not buy into the industry, you can talk about it, write letters to your favorite retailers, write letters-- sometimes they're already written out for campaigns-- to your favorite labels [Burberry: http://www.bloodyburberry.com/] You're a consumer, and in that, you have power.
I normally always give links to PETA & HSUS...thought you might like to hear about a different site: http://www.animal-protection.net/
As my future lover (I wish) Joaquin says..."It is hard to fathom that anyone is still wearing fur. It is so plain to see that killing animals for their fur is completely barbaric. The only purpose is vanity." Hey, I like to look good...but I just don't want to harm lives while doing it.