Though definitely eccentric, Karl Lagerfeld was also known as a creative genius by the world of fashion. The brilliant mind behind Chanel and Fendi passed away last week at a time I was working on a post about spring trends. In fact, he died the day after I conducted an interview on this very topic.
One of Lagerfeld’s most famous quotes was
TRENDY IS THE LAST STAGE BEFORE TACKY
So there is a marked difference between dressing with trend inspiration and dressing trendy. Just keep that in mind as we go forward. One of the lovely readers asked me to find out what was in and what was out for 2019. So I went to my local fashion inspiration, a woman I respect and who has vast fashion knowledge. She is the local Public Relations Manager for Neiman Marcus…Xitlalt Herrera Salazar. Her answer might surprise some of you.
Rather than giving me a list of what is in and what is not, Xitlalt explained a current meeting in New York City with Ken Downing of NM. I think many of us assume it is the fashion industry that influences the bloggers (influencers), but in this meeting they discussed how Fashion Blogs were now influencing the designers and retailers. They have ushered in a new AGE OF INDIVIDUALITY, where anything goes, and all trends are acceptable for all ages. The way Ken decided to communicate this for spring, was to not stress trends, but moods. What mood are you in today and how will it influence your choice of clothing? I recently wrote about how there are days I want to be a little closer to Carolina Herrera (classic style) and there are days I want to be closer to Iris Apfel (creative style). So, I completely get the mood reference.
So, for 2019 find what is the best YOU. What do you love to wear and who do your love as an icon? In the AGE OF INDIVIDUALITY how do you discern what is best for you? That is the very reason why I always think about what the outfit says about me…what is it communicating to others. Sometime when I ask that question before I leave the house, I add an accessory because the look is too bland, but sometimes when I ask that question, I dial it back and take off an accessory. It is all about what do I want to communicate to the world about me today.
So, know that distressed jeans, animal prints, menswear, flowers, bohemian designs, polka dots, stripes…and on and on…are always on trend. What you do with them decides the best, current, in style YOU! Of course, if you find something you love, it might be worth the investment to get a quality piece …since we are more into looking our best, than we are into being on trend.
We are not going to see the word “trend” go away, but looking our best and enjoying our own individual style is always on trend. When we wear it with confidence and a smile, then we are current, powerful, enjoying the day and influencing the fashion world around us.
I was glad to hear from Xitlalt that sneakers are going to be accepted literally everywhere now and that is because the ath-leisure collections have stuck around as well. I am going to add my own individual spin on sneakers this year and make my feet very happy.
For those of you who love trends what do you think about this new idea of everything goes, just go with how it works best for you??
The AGE OF INDIVIDUALITY is here…what will you do with it??
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