Isn’t it interesting that when the economy is in the dumps fashion designers decide that instead of inexpensive clothing we need gloomy clothing?
I understand that designers like Jill Sander (design seen below) aren’t going to begin selling things at half price. That ruins a brands exclusivity and image. However, I guess my thought is that when I am in the dumps and having a bad day, while my clothing may often reflect that, during a recession I don’t want to be in gloomy black clothing all of the time. This is the time when people need clothing to make them happier, not sadder.
If designers feel the need to pull it in (understandably), then I feel like we need a lot more basic styles like this look from Alexander McQueen (below). While the model is scarier than the IRS coming to garnish your already non-existent wages, the look is a staple and the skinny fit is a good social commentary on the economy. I’m okay with that. Style should say something about the times. Just not look like a bunch of men going to a funeral with average style like above. (Plus, don’t you love the pop of color from the fingerless gloves?)
It will be interesting to see what future Fashion Weeks bring us as the economy continues to slide downward.
What are your thoughts on clothing during a recession?