The Fall Collections; Black is Back
By Brian Gulash

Black is the new black??? This season black and dark shades covered the runways. It never really went away, even though when we saw the spring collections we tried to pretend it did. And is it that surprising it’s popping up again?

Some people believe that fashion is random or intuitive. The truth is that fashion trends seem to relate to what’s going on in the world. One of the most obvious designers to tap into that (even if he denies doing so) is Marc Jacobs.

Does anyone remember the early nineties? It was rainy and dreary, and for some reason people were choosing to wear flannel, overalls, converse sneakers, and ripped jeans (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about). As a designer for Perry Ellis, Jacobs played on what was going on in the world, and showed his “grunge” collection. So regardless of what people said during fashion week, is it really shocking that Jacobs once again tapped into what’s going on in the world by showing his dark, gothic inspired, and romantic collection. He’s not the only one who played into that design feel, it could be seen in many shows including YSL, and now this trend has even hit lower-end retailers such as Forever21.

I’m pretty good at noticing some things but I am by no means a certified trend forecaster, but I’m going to give my opinion anyway. Okay so it would be weird if we didn’t see black in a fall collection, but maybe we’re seeing more of it because of oh I don’t know say…the war in Iraq, mudslides, fires, economical issues, hurricanes, and women who are tired of the bright feminine look we saw in the spring/summer.

Maybe the romantic and renaissance inspirations come into play, because when some women get dressed they slip into a fantasy; don’t we all do this to some extent? So there’s my psychoanalysis of the fall collection. So if you want to get a head start on the season skip on over to Oak street and check out YSL, Prada, and Barney’s for Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Behnaz Sarafpour. However, if it’s not raining on your parade, or your just not in that kind-of-mood, may I suggest checking out the L.A.M.B collection by Gwen Stefani (there’s some black but maybe not as much), or the always colorful Heatherette living dolls collection at Nordstrom.

Happy shopping.

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