a toast to my contributing editors

blog friends,theory — Danielle on July 19, 2006 at 7:35 pm

I would like to applaud my commenters for some of the amazing discussion that’s been happening around here lately.
Cheers everyone!

Just to feature some gems from this thread

Andrea, makes a keen point on the subject of trend services:

It might seem crazy, but designers have the emotional voodoo sense for what’s next. Maybe it’s not that crazy, it’s just that they’re ahead of the times. As for need of this service? It really depends on who you’re talking to. Don’t forget buyers make their choices on more analytical than emotional.

Lol B (whose new blog I eagerly anticipate) is more cynical about trends…

I wish that change in the fashion industry came through innovation, through development of skills and technology. Changing silhouettes, colours and fabrication season after season is not revolutionary it’s just a successful business model that works on the principal of feeding off peoples insecurities and fulfilling their lust for consumerism.

I think she’s right on about why fashion changes: what people buy reflects their fears and hopes. Also, our lives change and so do social norms and that affects how we dress. Economic and technological changes have a significant effect too. I don’t think it’s much use rallying to stop the wheel of fashion – why and how we adorn ourselves is not understood well enough to control. Even people’s postures are affected by changes in trends.

This brings up the idea of seasonless fashion… something I want to think about further.

Can you name an item of clothing or footwear that is virtually always in style, for multiple decades at least? Be as specific as possible. Non-commenters, feel free to speak up.

Lol B also brought in a great article about Agnes b.

There are also lots of terrific comments on the case for the fashion non-capital post.

Thank you to everyone who comments and reads and links to final fashion. I really appreciate it.

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    1. The little black dress is always in style.

      Comment by geekigirl — July 20 2006 @ 1:04 am
    2. omg. I was totally just going to say “little black dress” but since that one is already taken. I have to say jeans (even though the style changes), but I guess wearing jeans in general, just because they go with everything, well almost everything in my closet.

      Comment by tammy — July 20 2006 @ 8:17 am
    3. Converse Chuck Taylors! Everyone can pull off those sneakers. Not only do they look good (in my opinion of course!) with skirts, dresses and pants, anyone from 0-60 can wear them and instantly seem a little cooler. My favorite though- parents who dress their kids up like little rockers in their Chucks! I say no to heels, converse makes the best shoes ever.

      Comment by Christy B. — July 20 2006 @ 9:52 am
    4. I wish I could wear a different little black dress everyday of my life….
      Sadly, I think t-shirts and jeans are the most enduring styles of our time.
      Band t-shirts, skinny t’s, muscle t’s, touristy t-shirts, under a cardigin, over a slipdress, printed, plain in any colour of the rainbow….
      And oddly, black pantyhose never go out of style.

      Comment by irene — July 20 2006 @ 6:57 pm
    5. I am always looking for the “archetype” denim. You know, a straight cut leg, kinda tight in the butt, unisex, and none of this “distressed” fakery, authentically worn-out or raw indigo only. Like back when there was only the levis 501 and that’s what everyone wore. Was it ever like that?

      Also, some great coats – like the pea coat, and the trench coat, and the mackintosh. All menswear/military inspired classics.

      You’re right about black stockings.

      If Converse have got “it”, then so do Doc Martens, Birkenstocks would have to be seasonless too.

      Interesting in London last season a couple of designers in mens and womenswear (including Pugh) hauled out the old Docs again. I think they’re going to make a comeback after being kind of untouchable after a while.

      All of those shoes are seasonless because they are also “anti-fashion” as well. They’ve also maintained the same narrow groups of styles for years and years instead of reinventing every season.

      Comment by Danielle — July 20 2006 @ 7:09 pm
    6. Flannel nightshirts. Or flannel nightgowns. Curiously, given our flannel heritage here in Canada, I don’t think the style originated here. Most likely came over with the first European settlers. Worn by both men and Jennifer Aniston.
      Boxer shorts for men too. Been around a long time.

      Comment by Big Irv — July 20 2006 @ 7:10 pm
    7. The motorcycle jacket, too.

      Love it or hate it, the baseball cap is here to stay for a long time yet.

      Comment by Danielle — July 20 2006 @ 7:11 pm
    8. Thanks for the nod Danielle! The jury’s stil out on wether I will blog again , I have many issues with it that I need to reconcile first!

      Here’s my list of classic items;

      The classic white shirt, although needs to be well cut and sharp or it can look bland.

      Love em or hate em , good old tracky pant’s and hoodies will be here to stay, they’re too comfortable to let go of. I try not to leave the house in this sloppy attire though! They first appeared in the sixties with addidas kitting out the olympic teams so they’ve been around for a long time.

      Motorcycle boots. I’ve had a pair for years and I won’t let them go! Dunlop green flash are very classic too!

      Ballet flats, Parisian Chic will never wane.

      Cargo’s, I hate them and don’t own any, yet people love them. They’re kind of a casual staple now.

      Navy Blazers. You can style them to look good for any era.

      Finally black pants, wide or slim. Also, I agree that the classic levi cut in a good dark blue looks timeless.

      Comment by Lol B — July 20 2006 @ 7:30 pm
    9. One more !

      Hairstyles; the classic sharp bob is a timeless statement. Hair is always an indication of era, yet this cut always looks modern.

      Comment by Lol B — July 20 2006 @ 7:39 pm
    10. It seems like there are rarely new trends, or items; just things that have been forgotten from the past. I think a lot of inspiration for designers comes from the past, and of course they put their own spin on it to make it modern. As for me, I think that a perfect fitting pair of jeans never goes out of style :)

      Comment by Alison — July 20 2006 @ 10:59 pm
    11. I normally don’t comment here, but found this thread to be very fascinating! I’ve become more aware of fashion trends over the past few years as my interest in fashion design has increased. On one hand, I find the idea of continually changing cuts and styles fun, but also tiring. Just as I get to liking something and see it trickling down into my price point, poof! Its out (not that it stops me much anymore…).

      One classic style that never goes out (that I haven’t seen mentioned, but maybe I missed it!) is the classic black leather pump. Gently rounded toe and mid-thickness and height heel is a generally accepted classic.

      Great topic; I always find your posts so thought-provoking!!

      Comment by Casey — July 22 2006 @ 3:46 pm
    12. knee high boots with skirts, leather jackets, plain fitted t-shirts and tank tops.

      Comment by Jill — July 24 2006 @ 2:01 pm
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    14. […] Every once in a while a theory seizes me. A while ago one started to swirl around in my brain when I posted a question about enduring styles. […]

      Pingback by final fashion » styles vs. seasons — July 29 2006 @ 10:25 am
    15. “Flannel nightshirts. Or flannel nightgowns. Curiously, given our flannel heritage here in Canada, I don’t think the style originated here. Most likely came over with the first European settlers. Worn by both men and Jennifer Aniston.” – Big Irv

      Big Irv, I just have to tell you that this is the funniest thing ever. I have no idea what it means. What is with you and flannel?? Wait, don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.

      lol =D

      Comment by Danielle — July 29 2006 @ 4:20 pm
    16. It’s not as popular now as it used to be, but the button-down dress (with a shirt-type collar, usually short sleeves, knee length or mid-calf, and buttons all the way down the front) was a popular style for everyday wear in the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, and beyond. Google for “button front dress” and you’ll find tons of modern dresses in the same style.

      The mary jane – from the 20s to the present day.

      And what about sweaters? They used to be thought of as sailors’ underwear, then somehow they became a fashion craze (early 1900s I think?) and now are pretty much here to stay. Can you imagine not owning a sweater?

      Comment by beth — August 1 2006 @ 3:13 pm

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