Thanks to the house of Prada, the streets hosted a parade of fat or skinny, vertical or horizontal, bold, bright and even neon stripes. It was enough to put a yesteryear beach scene to shame. The reason: Stripes are stylish and classic without resembling a one-woman fashion victim warning sign.
You know the look: wide-leg jeans, floppy hat, sky-high platforms. Or a long, floaty dress with, you guessed it, a floppy hat. The ‘70s trend easily translated to the streets because it’s relatively easy to wear. Consumers also loved the up-all-night clubbing look it conjured.
They were supposed to be the new stripes, appearing all over the autumn/winter ’11 runways — and then nothing happened. Witness the number of polka dot clothes and accessories left on clearance racks the world over.
These were supposed to be the new platforms, giving women a reprieve from back-breaking stilts. Fashion editors loved them and duly pushed them in their magazine pages. But the rest of the world never quite bought it.
Blame Jak & Jil blogger Tommy Ton for all the male and female wrists you’ve been seeing weighed down with stacks of bling, neon-colored yarn and leather cords.
Women had barely worn their ’70s maxi skirts when the runways began trying to push us into skimpy ’60s-style shift dresses. Too much too soon? Seeing as we’re all doing a bit of penny-pinching at the moment, it appears shoppers just weren’t ready for the fashion pendulum to swing in the other direction so fast.