Snapshot of what I packed for New York Fashion Week!
New York Fashion Week is here! As you read this, I am on a plane to New York where I will be able to witness the new fall/winter 2014/2015 collections first-hand. I am thrilled to be able to bring to you the newest trends for the upcoming cool weather season hot off the runway. I am also looking forward to seeing what has influenced designers for the fall/winter 2014/2015 season.
Since fashion is influenced by the culture of the day, what social and economic issues will impact what designers create for fall? As we move through 2014, our economy is due for a change. With the impending slow-down of the economy from 2014 into 2015, we are looking forward to increased interest rates and inflation. The west coast is currently immersed in the worst drought since the 1800’s which could affect the nation’s food supply; thus, increasing food prices. We are looking at a continued social battle throughout the country regarding equal rights and its’ relation to God versus State. Technology has exploded into the daily lives of children and adults throughout the nation and is starting to fuse with fashion. How will these large topics influence the fall/winter 2014/2015 runways? Since fashion is wearable art, it generally reflects society’s attitude of the moment.
It should be interesting to see if designers take on our nation’s issues and show more serious designs for the fall/winter season than we have seen in the past few years. Or, will designers decide to use fashion as an outlet and create more lighthearted, whimsical collections to keep society in a more uplifted mood? We shall see on the runways of New York this week!
What do you think are the biggest societal and political influences of the day which may impact the collections this week in New York?