About a week ago, Andrew wrote this:
"perhaps fashion doesn't 'evolve' because it doesn't need to, it just has to keep periodically changing until the next batch of fashion forward 20-somethings comes along to replace the more contented, aging 30-somethings that have more or less settled into a fashion identity after growing tired of waiting for fashion to evolve."
Well that, I thought, is depressing.
Because it means that my adventurous nature will slowly die, and I,
like the rest of the world,
will settle for a comforting sense of simplicity.
Wasn't it only two days ago that I was gushing about my newfound fondness for less!?
Simplicity, I said oh so dramatically, is beautiful. It allows our true selves to shine through.
And it does.
But what really struck me about Andrew's comment was the last line and statement that we all eventually grow "tired of waiting for fashion to evolve."
Is that it? Is that why we return to the minimalist, most basic (banal?) versions of our sartorial selves? Is that why black becomes the ultimate basic, blazers the #1 go-to, and functional footwear the most sought-after solution?
Do we just resign ourselves to the notion that our "style" should, as a rule, shed itself of extraneous adornments in favor of a "mature" sense of minimalism?
Do we give up the notion that a profound stylistic evolution is possible?
I don't know about you guys, but it seems to me that the "theme" for fashion as of late is reduction. Reduction of color, reduction of shape, reduction of variation.
Monochrome, single print ensembles, single sole pumps, sheer fabrics, shapeless silhouettes, etc, etc, etc.
Almost as if any sort of exploration requires too much effort to be cool.
Is this just the end of another generational cycle? Is the "fashion blogger" generation reaching the end of its experimental phase? Is "the next batch of fashion forward 20-somethings" about to replace us oh-so-maturely minimalist selves?
Have we "grow[n] tired of waiting for fashion to evolve"?
Is it natural and OK to feel fulfilled by simplicity?
Or is it our only choice?