New Era of Fashion: Anything Goes (and why it is)
Kimonos aren't "out" just yet, but they are taking new form from when they originally became an "IT" trend about two or three years ago. What I love most about our generation is mass reformation - in all areas, not just fashion. The fact we're taking on movements like gender equality, political issues, environmental concerns, and social matters, really REALLY amazes me.
In the name of fashion, I love and appreciate our way of recycling and diversifying trends. Nothing seems to be "that's so last season" anymore (other than that very quick feather accessory trend in 2011/2012) - and I'm hoping this mentality sticks. Not just for the sake of my bank account, but this new attitude towards fashion is a fun way to play mix and match with my already established wardrobe.
What IS changing and seems to be the forefront of this new era of fashion is macro trends. Although not new to the industry, I learned about this at a tour of FashionSnoops for my Fashion Forecasting class in school, and it was interesting to see the crucial connection between tech and fashion. Because of the expectation younger generations have for instantaneousness (thank you, Apple), it's imminent the fashion industry has to reflect the ever-changing lifestyle, tech, and pop culture changes at light-year speed. Cue, bloggers, influencers, and online magazines. The most recent macro trends I picked up on are new wave boho looks (mixing traditional hippie-inspired looks with structure), a sense of luxury (mostly engaged by a younger audience), and a sense of animation in styled looks (from a somewhat older audience) - it's like the young are drawn to sophistication and a semi-older crowd is drawn to fun-loving, colorful dress.