Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Trump Effect on Fashion.

Fashion itself is a reliable reflection of social, cultural ,economic and political change. And boy 'The Times They-Are-A-Changin''. I wonder what effect the Trump era will have on fashion?

I think the first noticeable change will be in the boob department. I predict that boobs will be taking a back seat. I reckon we (well, us girls) will be buttoning up our blouses pretty pronto. When women want to be taken seriously they need to look serious. In the US the women will be feeling thwarted, frantic and afraid of what their futures hold for them and their daughters. It is time for them to re-group, show solidarity, button up and go to war to reassert themselves and their power.
Already the disappearance of the bosom can be noticed on the red carpet with high-necked gowns overtaking the plunging necklines which already seem embarrassing and naff.
The sales of plunge bras have plummeted while the sales of t-shirt bras, un-padded bras and bra-lets have increased. Women want to feel like women again.  Strong, feminine and natural. The inner lioness is ready to roar. She may be in the long grass licking her wounds for a while but she will be back fiercely protecting her cubs, after having fed them of course.

I think legs will become the focal part of the fashionable body. Long and strong, showing the ability to kick ass. A little bit of lithe leg peaking from the side of a long evening gown evokes a sensation of power and strength. But is classy and feminine at the same time.

For work I think very smart, no nonsense is the dress of the day. Not severe though.Women do not need to adopt a masculine attitude in dress or mind.

Hair is an interesting one. I can imagine returning to the buttoned up Victorian era. Masses of beautiful long hair for night time but tucked up tight for the daytime. A return to the hair pin. This styling will lend an air of mystery and be fun to manage. At the beach we can have playful plaits, in the boardroom, a no-nonsense bun. For peace loving people hippie hair can make a comeback. I foresee a return of the afro to represent a fierce sense of black pride.

Fashion can make loud statements but it doesn't need to shout.
Fashion allows people to express themselves, their personal identity, their culture and their talents.
Fashion can change politics.
Fashion is powerful. Use it.

@artycelia