SADLY, THE AVANT-GARDE DESIGNER COLLABORATION MAY BE TOO MUCH TO SWALLOW.
If fall’s most mystifying trend was the mullet dress, spring offers an equally mystifying take on the idea. For spring it’s all about the peplum skirt. This is one of those trends that I am skeptical I will ever be able to get on board with. I am usually one to buy into just about any and every trend. I believe firmly in the concept so eloquently played out on Leandra Medine’s blog The Man Repeller, that women dress not for men, but largely for themselves and each other, and there is an enormous amount of pleasure to be gotten from indulging in the most preposterous of trends no matter how ugly and inexplicable men might find them. When I think about fashion and getting dress, it aspires at its best to art, not to a sales pitch for my sexuality. But a girl’s got to draw the line somewhere, and the peplum may be one of the most horrid design elements I have ever seen.
The peplum skirt was certainly a presence on the spring runways…
whether at Jason Wu
As spring gets into full swing, and the stores are starting to hold spring sales, it seems like must have item this spring and summer is not in fact floral jeans (although they’re still great, so don’t worry if you followed my earlier advice and got a pair), but the floral dress. As a certain kind of over the top Monet floral print becomes ubiquitous, it seems like everywhere I turn Erdem has suddenly become “the” brand. It may be that I only recently became aware of it and others have known the label for a while. But it suddenly seems to be in every magazine, on every celebrity, in every boutique …. And Erdem’s forte, as it turns out, is a certain style of floral print constructed into garments that seem almost sweet (kind of Mad Men style) but is tailored with a modern edge that tempers what could easily come across as awfully saccharine. Is Erdem popular because the floral thing is such a big trend right now, or did the line play any kind of a role in shaping the trend? That’s deep, right?
Erdem Spring 2012 Collection
Fashion Star may prove me wrong yet. Love this dress!
If you can easily afford designer prices, hell, go for it. The clothes are generally exquisite. If you find a designer piece on an unbelievable sale, go for that too. But in terms of jumping onboard with spring’s fabulous designer trends, the fact is it’s really not necessary to shell out for the real thing. That is, after all, what fast fashion is about — the fact that trends are changing constantly, so the clothing may as well be disposable and be priced accordingly. Beyond that, however, H&M does an absolutely unbelievable job of reproducing the designer trends. At times, it can be hard to distinguish the H&M version from the real thing.