I have been already working as a buyer in a middle-up and luxury segment for a few seasons. From spring till fall I explore trends and brands, pantone and bestsellers between regular buying at Fashion Weeks.
A few years earlier the main trends of the next seasons were set by trendsetters according to new stages of the development of engineering, science technologies, agriculture,interior design, digital and IT technologies,as well as political situation on the global stage. Designers modified trends according to the conception of their fashion houses and here we are: pret-a-porter collections are at the peak of the fashion glory and are desirable by beauty and style connoisseurs! A few years ago it was very strange to see models on a runaway pointing on herself a cell phone camera in a stretched hand. But with an appearance and enormous popularity of the term “selfie” impossible without smartphones, young fashion designers don’t consider such shows on a runaway to be mauvais ton.
For the past few years the third power appeared growing day by day. IT-girls and fashion bloggers’ culture turned fashion perception upside down contrary to almighty Chanel who thought that fashion shouldn’t come from streets. Of course, before IT-girls’ epoch there were the punks, the goths, the hippies who brought the significant contribution to world fashion development. However, the term “Street style” didn’t associate with a show of modern trends that took place simultaneously with fashion shows on the main runways of the world. It didn’t make the headlines of the main glossy magazines of the country and its main heroines didn’t appear on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle.
ITgirl Chiara Ferragni
My profession requires thorough studying of this cultural phenomenon. The sales success and commercial development of any retailer depend on it. Instagram has become one of main supervision tool. Thanks to Instagram a huge fashion epoch if its leaders has began. Today they are the third source of trends. I can easily name the main trends: sweaters of a black, white, grey and camel color, ripped jeans, oversized coats, white Nike or Adidas sneakers, nude heels, minimalistic jewelry, coffee, marble, and exceptionally white sheets and walls.
Analyzing the demand and purchases of our clients, I make myself sure again that fashion bloggers have captured the fashion space contrary to the efforts of PR departments of fashion houses. A fashionista would rather buy a pair of white sneakers and a cashmere sweater of a camel and grey color than a new pair of Lanvin’s color pumps. Consumers become more pragmatic paying a tribute to comfort but not to beauty. The individuality is being lost; the bounders between certain individuals are being erased; the cult of imitating becomes more expansive than uniqueness. All of it makes the work of insiders of the fashion business much easier leading it to the primitivism. Predictability of a consumer makes it monotonous. The generation of fashion twins narrows the fashion bounders down to 4 colors.
I encourage you to be inspired by looks created by the great and acclaimed masters like Raf Simons, Alber Elbaz, and Alessandro Michele. They might be shy and prefer a backstage. However, a quantity of followers says nothing about the quality of the content. Expand the bounders of your fashion perception to more than 4 colors and 2 pairs of jeans.