Non-trends and novelty at FW 2019
A keen observer of style, Oscar Wilde said that fashion was a form of ugliness so intolerable that it needed to be changed every six months. Quite. Now we know our tolerance is even shorter than that.
Perhaps Oscar Wilde was also intuiting that once a trend catches on and goes mainstream, it dies a little bit, especially for those who crave the disruption of novelty, who seek to be first to the party. Suddenly, what was once treasured and special is tired and trite. It happens to your various social feeds, to your walk to the subway, in line for your morning coffee. Suddenly yesterday’s attire looks predictable and ubiquitous.
What’s more is that we get nudged into purchasing “things we may also like” online. Swimming in a sea of similarities and relativity, can we escape the algorithm in favor of something new and unexpected?
Before the fashion deities congregate and distill the trends from this seasons runway shows, I found a few looks that tip the scale in favor of novelty. After all, subtle surprises can be more impactful and subversive than trendiness. These looks are not meant to administer shocks to the system, but rather to inspire, to appropriate as you will while leveraging their timeless staying power.