Moving Fashion Forward…. What will 2050 look like!?
I remember watching a movie from the early 2000’s and the main characters time travelled into the year 2050 in search of their friend. Tights, skirts, bulky high-heeled clogs and tight skivvies. This is what all the MEN were wearing. I remember thinking to myself that they looked crazy. Looking back now, people 50 years ago would’ve thought WE were crazy because of what we wear in 2018… So that begs the question, what will men’s fashion look like in 50+ years?
Styles and trends change as many times as the release date on a Frank Ocean album!
What drives change in the fashion world?
It’s a combination of a lot of things. Sport, culture and music. The world watches our sports stars and keeps a close eye on what they wear, especially in the NBA and most American sports. Fashion from the states always makes its way down here to Melbourne. The music scene is also a massive factor, what our favourite artists are wearing heavily impacts on us. We idolise our favourite stars and in turn we want to look like them, so we use their style as inspiration for our own.
In terms of predicting the next fashion trend; it is impossible. Although, my guess is that fashion will move toward a more customisable, gender neutral and reusable look and feel.
As consumers we don’t want to wear something that feels mass-produced!
This is why I love vintage, we want to feel special, feel different. We admire those who push the boundaries of fashion, like Pharrell, Virgil Abloh and Kanye West. These three men come to mind when you think future fashion. Each of them in their own right push fashion forward by wearing and creating one-off, custom and gender neutral clothing.
If fashion is moving to a more reusable, gender neutral movement then what does that mean for fashion houses like: Gucci, LV and Alexander Wang? Will they have to adapt and create what is “in” at the moment?
Will us as consumers continue to buy from the big fashion houses, or will boutique smaller retailers and labels succeed?
Image source: GQ.com