If you’re in your twenties, you’ve probably been to or been invited to a nineties party. All Spice Girls, Beastie Boys and acid house? I can only imagine. Sadly, for my age group the nineties are a bit too close to home, but you never know – there’s time yet.
But in twenty years time, what the ‘eck will we wear to a tweenies (is that what we’re calling this decade?) fancy dress party? Early indications suggest a meat dress or nothing, if Gaga or, God help us, Cyrus leave any kind of cultural legacy.
Truly though, where are we going with this fabulous era of fashion? Having got the nudes and, stunning though they were, the straight cut minimalist block colours out of the way early on, over the last few seasons the fashion houses have exploded with colour, pattern and embellishment like no other I’ve witnessed.
This season, you want historical references embroidered into your frock, you got it. You want Game of Thrones style robes and metal hair bands, all yours. You’re looking for a pop-art inspired look? Yep – all here. Feeling biker chic coming on? See-through plastic, gold lamé, pastel tartan, gingham, polka dot, multi block stripes? No problem. And if you’re quite happy with a block neutral, thank you very much, that’s fine too – white especially seems to be the thing.
The fashion editors are doing a brilliant job of pulling together key trends and themes from this diverse market because in my humble opinion, the creativeness and boldness shown by the high ranking houses are pushing the boundaries of fashion and in turn allowing our generally constrained, homogenised day to day style the chance to experiment. Variety is the spice of life and this season’s all yours.
The nineties party invite? I’ll elbow you to Carmela Soprano’s wardrobe any day.
Pics below from style.com: Dolce and Gabanna; Maison Martin Margiela; JW Anderson; Prada; Valentino. Mrs S from tvtropes.org.