**freudian fashion

One of the most fascinating things about fashion is its ability to enchant us one year and then repulse us the next. The experience of cringing at the fashion sense of one's former self is all too familiar for most of us. As Oscar Wilde so wisely observed, "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we must alter it every six months." So if you laugh when looking at pictures of your parents in their 20's, with teased hair and shoulder pads, just imagine how ridiculous ripped tights and shredded tees will seem to the next generation.

When watching a video on StyleLikeU (one of my absolute favorite websites, by the way), I heard an interesting perspective on the fashion phenomenon that has occurred over the past few years, as labels like Alexander Wang and Balmain have risen to the forefront of fashion consciousness. Jewelry designer/writer/editor Nina Stotler suggested that perhaps the birth of the modern pseudo-rebel is more than a random feat of fashion or marketing. As she phrased it, "People are starting to pick up on those edgier designers because it's fitting a greater collective consciousness than it was before." In other words, the mass appeal of the rebel aesthetic reflects the society in which it is worn: something about modern life gives us all the desire to rebel.

We've been clinging steadfastly to our studded bags for the past few years, but recently, the modern fashionista seems to be testing new fashion grounds. Neat trousers and long skirts hold a revived appeal, and suddenly a 50's silhouette no longer looks costumey, but rather timely and even cutting-edge. Spring/Summer 2011 collections with longer hem lengths, like Jil Sander's parade of bold, ankle-grazing skirts, feel fresh and ultra-desirable. Websites like Chictopia and Lookbook.nu (supposedly representative of the average Joe or Jane in fashion) are peppered with cinched skirts and high-waisted trousers. Even Rumi Neely has been wearing A-line Lanvin... ok, maybe that was just once.

Of course, there is really no right or wrong in the fashion world. Leather jackets certainly aren't going anywhere, but neither is the polished "new look." But if leather and studs now constitute wardrobe staples, what's left for the so-called rebellious? Full skirts and modest pumps? Luckily, we live in a world where pretty much anything goes.

So what do you think? Are you ready to give up your tough aesthetic? Does this "new look" represent some kind of growing modern consciousness, or have we simply grown bored with skinny jeans and ripped tights?

Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011

Via Stockholm Street Style... what year is it?

(Photo credits: NYMag, StockholmStreetStyle)


Marie said...

It's so exciting to see the fashion progress, and I love the pictures!

"this fashion lark." said...

Great review, I adore the final imageee! x

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Such a great question! It's so interesting to see how fashion recycled trends from the past and make it somehow relevant and fresh! I'm loving the knee-length skirts this season and what's next? I have a feeling mini skirts will come back with revenge :-) xxoxoxoo

Marissa said...

i have yet to tire of my skinny jeans...but i am totally drooling over the jil sander looks, i may break and do diy skirt in a bold color. b/c the look is flawless and relaxed.

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Katie said...

Those pants are insane! But in a good way :)


jessica said...

great post.
fashion is cyclical though, so just as we get rid of grunge and move into minimalism we'll go back to boho and into ladylike and on and on and on.

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

I am in love with all of these! But that last outfit is just so adorable! :)

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

Brittany Powers said...

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Claggie said...

That last dress is so beautiful! Ah!

Zarna said...

the third look is my favorite! the mix of colors is just beautiful!

Annabel said...

my god i love jil sander, and that last look is so timeless! loving your blog.


Mumbles said...

Such a great post,
it's amazing how fast fashion change
and that's a curious point of view...
anyway, I love Jil Sander's collection, representing or not the modern women spirit, the collection is amazing

♥ Marley

Kavery said...

To be fresh and new, fashion has to keep changing and that means old silhouettes will become new again. Even so, the longer skirt lengths were quite a surprise when they returned.

SabinePsynopsis said...

I guess another aspect of the ubiquity of the rebel look is the fact that the baby boomers are the first generation who refuses to age... Which means the younger ones 'rebel' (okay, find a new trend) with the 50s looks. But as Kavery says, it's an everchanging merry-go-round.

jamie-lee said...

I really think it's more important to try to stay true to yourself and what suits you than straying too far into the realm of trends..

KcomeKarolina said...


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Marie said...

Interesting thoughts, and I've totally noticed these trends too...though I don't think I could ever give up the occasional tough-girl accessory. I think I'll always be an even mix of the two :)

Love your blog!

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Caroline said...

re: i know. V got fantastic covers.

I love the Jil Sander collection, so many epic colours which is perf cause I´m sick of blacks.

Marina said...

Fashion is made to become unfashionable..
.Coco Chanel

xx Marina

Anonymous said...

Im absolutely in love with this last picture!! so gorgeous

Miss Neira

Sell WoW Account said...

i so love the last image. black and red<3

the line sheet said...

Yes! I am so happy that the studded street urchin has finally retired! I'm so excited to wear colors for spring! I'm rather inspired by the last look!

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