Mother Cherni’s fashion forecast for the 2017 fall season
It seems strange, indeed, to even be thinking about fall fashion, or any fashion for that matter, with news of impending hurricanes, constant reporting of damage from those just passed, the tense international situation, investigative “leaks” and the revolving door of White House staff.
But who am I to argue with Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Style and Vogue?
These publications breathlessly report on the latest trends as though it is news of the greatest importance. However, on second thought, if your sense of humor is still intact, browsing through the photographs and descriptions of the latest collections is sure to either give you a good laugh or leave you open-mouthed and speechless at the sheer insanity of most of the clothes.
While I think it is fine and long overdue that transgender people “live their truth,” I am confused by clothes that put frills and see-through fabrics on men and wide-shouldered, padded jackets and military haircuts on women. Although, obviously, fashion designers are not concerned with anyone, male or female, over the age of 21. (Most models are prepuberty.)
I still enjoy seeing girls who look feminine and boys who look masculine, whatever their private preferences. Never have the fashions been so contradictory in other ways as well; the spring trend for garish prints continues and so does fringe and sequined bling on everything.
Calvin Klein used survivalist materials like camper-tent nylon, vinyl, plastic and rubber, although the industrial look still is contrasted with platform shoes that render most of us unable to walk … anywhere! But then, common sense is an endangered species.
Here we are living in a time of a shrinking and angry middle class and the magazines are featuring “must have” pocketbooks and shoes that often cost half a million dollars, each! To add insult to injury, the most used, as well as overused, models are two girls of considerable wealth — Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. I am truly tired of the fashion editors breathlessly drooling over these two spoiled rich kids.
Lack of good manners and tastelessness has become invasive in our lives and fashion is often a reflection of our mores. One outstanding example is Tom Ford’s newest fragrance called “(expletive) Fabulous” — because of the name, sold only in his stores. He was quoted as saying that we have become prudish and concerned about being politically correct. If that means simple, good manners are out of style, then the bad taste in this fall’s collections is not the major issue we should be concerned about.
The saving grace for all of us whose 30th birthday is just a fond memory is that we can pull out and recycle our old Talbots, Lands’ End, Alfred Dunner and other classic duds, add some new, inexpensive bling and still receive sincere compliments on how nice we look. Just refrain from responding, “This old thing?”
If you don’t object to being politically correct, a simple thank you is a nice response.
Note to some of my younger readers: H&M, the popular, inexpensive, high fashion line, has just opened a store at the Westbrook outlet center.