However, while the stuff on the runway is wild and extreme, the stuff that actually gets into the designer's store is often pretty conservative because the accountant is worried that the wilder cuts will end up unsold on the shelves. The weird stuff on the racks of stores is usually cheap and poorly made up - and looks like it is ready to be discarded at the end of the season. The more expensive RTW becomes the more conservative the styles tend to become.
That might be true for big department stores or shops in a shopping centre. In the brand's flagship stores you will find the more extraordinary items as well and customers might travel there in order to get them. There are also shops that specialise on the items with a particularly strong design that put across the brand's identity best. There's for example one shop like this in Paris. Although it caters to a certain clientele only, price- and designwise, it's very interesting to go there to breathe some fresh air. It's a bit like a fashion laboratory. Not only the big big big names but also all these young new fashion designers are there that you see less in the magazines. And there often are very interesting and intriguing details as well as materials one wouldn't have thought of using for everyday fashion.
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There's a trend, at least for a certain part of society, backwards. Since the 80ies, looking forward doesn't seem so interesting and appealing anymore. Also socially so. The "older times" had the "advantage" that everyone had his place in society. Social progress has made it possible to switch social status and class but for the price of feeling a bit rootless sometimes. "Back then" becomes attractive without knowing what exactly it implies. Of course, that isn't true for everyone.
The trend backwards expresses itself in various domains. Furniture (long gone the time of 150% design-interiors with glass and stainless steel everywhere - welcome "shabby chic", patina and furniture with stories to tell), design in general (retrodesign for almost everything you might use in everyday life), for cars, for bikes... well... for clothes as well.
We've seen a few examples of turn-of-the-century fashion suits on runways and so on.
What I want to say is that these people might be potential clients, too. They wouldn't want to wear frock coats but maybe some fancy design elements of past times might make them happier than a plain modern lounge. Keeping an eye open on what those "dead styles" have to offer might not be a totally stupid idea. Not only for the details but also regarding the cut.
For example: a waist seam is the most sensible thing to do if you want a garment to be very waisted (or multiple narrow panels, of course). So if the trend continues slimming down everything, why not reintroduce a waist seam on a lounge? Or maybe just from the chest dart to the back seam? The donlon wedge is already a bit that...
My two cents
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