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.
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.
And here’s a resolution for this year. To save a little money and get these necessities:
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.
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.
Let’s see if any of these things actually happen…