2007 – Hottest Year on Record

I wasn’t going to do a predictions post… but the temptation was just too great.

This is not a climate change post.

I just have this feeling like this will be a year where all sorts of stuff goes down and blows up, in all the senses of those terms. I feel a sudden paradigm shift coming on. A hockey stick, which seems a peculiarly Canadian way to describe the shape of a graph. The gist of this year will be: accelerating change.
hockey stick

It will be a very good year though. I think this year will be an exciting one for many people, career-wise, business-wise, personal growth, challenges and sudden developments. We are approaching the climax, we are still on the up and up. Enjoy it!

In the news this year I also see a major shift coming. I will be watching the media, the fashion business and the power business closely this year. What people talk about is changing… will the way we behave change as well?

For clothing, this is what I see becoming hot this year:

Leather. Jackets, pants and skirts.

Organic cotton will be all over the place. What will be interesting to me is where it will all come from. Expect to see a lot of organic/conventional blends as Walmart and others attempt to make it ubiquitous. Bandwagon jumping ensues.

I agree with Adrian at Fashion Verbatim about the increasingling pervasive influence of celebrity. Celebrities facilitate the translation of high fashion to mass market fast fashion, and the subversive influence of the internet means that the lines get blurred as celebrities grace Fashion magazine covers, Lindsay Lohan and other young and foolish starlets have usurped the fashion-industry heft that was once commanded by goddesses like Marlene Dietrich and queens like Jacqueline Kennedy? It reflects how girls and not women are the current arbiters of fashion.

Hipsterism is the new goth, the new rave. Fashion is moving on and soon the look will become the uniform of overgrown teenagers and music fetishists. Maybe not this year though. By next year. Remember Studio 54 didn’t last that long either before it became dated. Yet it lingers… and yes I do read Vice on occasion.

Which means that fashion will continue to segment into more and more subcultural categories which evolve alongside from contemporary fashion but are not the mainstream. I should try to make a list someday.

As for the mainstream, it will be a “back to basics” sort of thing as the world becomes more uncertain. I predict that “classic American casual” will become more classic, more American, and more casual… and with less variation than ever.

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And here’s a resolution for this year. To save a little money and get these necessities:

Wrangler Jeans

Lee Jeans

Leather Jacket

Wool Jacket that I still have to make.

Plaid shirts with sweaters over them.

Factory seconds shirts.

Soft-soled, feminine, flat shoes. As many pairs as I can afford.

Socks.

Also, I should find the time to sew up some quick skirts from my stash of fabrics. Waist high styles will be the rule this year.

Stripes and plaids. I will be mixing stripes and plaids.

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Let’s see if any of these things actually happen…

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5 thoughts on “2007 – Hottest Year on Record”

  1. “Hipsterism is the new goth, the new rave. Fashion is moving on and soon the look will become the uniform of overgrown teenagers and music fetishists. Maybe not this year though. By next year. Remember Studio 54 didn’t last that long either before it became dated. Yet it lingers… and yes I do read Vice on occasion.”

    i agree wholeheartedly. the “hipster look” is quickly becoming passe, a strict uniform, just as huge pants and platform sneakers and track suit jackets were the de facto uniform for ravers in the previous decade. i’ve always had an intellectual issue with the donning of “uniforms” of any kind…but i know that people embrace these sorts of modes in order to belong to a crowd, to identify with a subculture, no matter how peripherally. i realize that it takes risk to individualize…but i still don’t get it! i’m hardheaded! 😛

  2. Mary Beth – thanks for the offer! I need the encouragement, I’m afraid I haven’t sewn in for-ever…

    Tricia – I’d be interested in what you think of my urban uniform concept – signature dressing with only bare basics.

    I really admire your style and your ability to mix colour, texture and proportion are a joy to watch (I loved your year end post). It’s the more fascinating because my own personal style philosophy couldn’t be more different.

    I’m always interested in the conversation between “subculture/trends” and fashion. The skinny pants, printed t-shirts and hairdos of everyone last year were heavily influenced by these kids because the look was “now”. These things never last long because fashion always moves on. It’s like two paths of evolution overlapping for a period of time.

  3. “Plaid shirts with sweaters over them.”

    Yes, but they must be real shirts and real sweaters, right?

    The last couple of years I’ve been wondering about buying a pretty plaid flannel shirt, but I haven’t found just the right one (for $5 or less). I did buy flannel-lined jeans, though, and I LOVE them. With wool knee-socks (sorry, my feet get cold and clammy in cotton).

    BTW, thanks for the nice mention. 🙂

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