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FASHION

 

Moonwalk : Is fashion going backwards ?

BY Kelly Lauriente

9  March  2021

 

from post Edwardian looks to 90’s high-fashion revival, this season seems to be once again about revisiting the past. To such an extent that we may ask : have we lost against the past century’s iconicness ?

Last year was a disco takeover. Now, from post Edwardian looks to 90’s high-fashion revival, this season seems to be once again about revisiting the past. To such an extent that we may ask : have we lost against the past century’s iconicness ? No wonders that this retro feeling is delightful, but when was the last time we actually witnessed a fashion revolution such as the punk era ?

Dolce & Gabanna Fall 2021 RTW

Will we ever see something as revolutionary as a cardigan emerging before our eyes ? Probably not. As a society, we have reached what may be an unmatched level of completion. Fashion has grown past the need to be practical. Our bodies are limited, if you’re lucky, there’s only two arms and two legs to cover up. And we have learned how to do it in countless more ways than we actually need. Can we blame fashion designers for not being innovative enough, then ? Yes, but it’s rather about transcending now.

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Alberta Ferretti Fall 2021 RTW

Creativity does not only resides in innovation, it’s also the ability to properly express a broader and unequivocal feeling.

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2021 Menswear

In this regard, I look forward to being wrong.

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If practical innovation is indeed dead, nowadays, fashion is more of a tribute. Given all the anger and social unrest that occurred in 2020 -and that is still going on #stopasianhate- it has wholly embraced its ostentatious function, and not in a bad way. Today more so than ever, fashion is a way to cross borders and show support. Louis Vuitton’s Menswear Fall 2021 was a love letter to 70’s Black American culture with an African twist. The era you take your inspiration from isn’t of mundane significance. 70’s weren’t only the rise of a Black middle class, but also the democratization of nightclubs. Funny in a pandemic.

Though it would be refreshing, we might not need another fashion revolution after all. Having a modern take on the past shall be sufficient. No doubts there are plenty of more important affairs to care about. Perhaps focusing less on innovation is a way for designers to finally act more when it comes to environmental issues and ethical matters. Perhaps this article is too pessimistic and patchwork is actually innovative.

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Christian Dior Fall 2021 RTW

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