Trends are "In" for 2006
Hemlines are up/down for spring. Flats/platforms/wedges are the new "it" shoe. White/brown/griege is the new black.
We dress to express, but at the same time we want to be au courant. Nobody likes a copycat, but nobody likes an oddball either. Pity the designer who is accused of being unoriginal; pity her even more if she shows color when the fashion gods have declared that neutrals are the way to go. And thank heaven for the various glossy fashion bibles that keep us up to date on the latest rules. Without collective change, there would be no fashion industry.
The only sure prediction for 2006 is that somehow, most of us will figure out how to dress like everyone else does. Trends are "in."
As the superfabulous Manolo reminds us, "The fashion it is not the nuclear rocket brain surgery." Still, there may be something to the whole cognitive science thing. Some 30 years ago, animal behaviorist Richard Dawkins came up with the idea that bits of cultural information in our minds, or "memes," are like our genes -- they want to replicate. If an idea is unappealing, nobody copies it and it dies; if it's a good one, it gets passed around. So we all end up humming the same tunes, repeating the same buzzwords, and wearing the same fashions. Or -- if you believe Dawkins -- the fashions wear us.
Of course, nobody likes to be colonized by a collection of self-replicating ideas. As the brilliant Almost Girl -- a woman destined to be the preeminent fashion theorist of Gen Y -- reminded me yesterday, we should take our celebrity academic theorists with a grain of salt. So, go ahead and wear whatever you like in 2006. Then the trends will have to follow you.