Is the clothing industry dead in America? According to a recent Bloomberg article, the industry has a huge problem. The majority of Americans aren’t interested in filling their closets with the trendy fashion items.
Consumers would rather eat out and spend money on other expenditures such as tech and beauty products. Despite the spate of similar articles addressing the retail industry’s woes, the fashion shows continue. New York Fashion Week kicked off and though some of my favorite designers, Thom Browne, Altuzarra and Delpozo have decamped for Paris, I am hopeful that the fashion industry will reinvent itself and put new and novel small labels in the spotlight.
Knitwear! I have a new found respect and love of designer knitwear after I took up knitting this year. Some New York Fashion Week designers who show hand knit sweaters, begin the design process by actually knitting swatches in their studios. Knit design development requires choosing yarn, sketching out the design, doing fittings and making sure the garment can be produced. I had no idea I could love yarn as much as I do since attending the Vogue Knitting Live! event in NYC last month.
With the exception of some established designers such as Oscar de la Renta and their design team, Monse, NYFW was a snore-fest. Repetition, reworking, recycling and banality seem to reign throughout the week. In fact, it seems as though Zara was the paradigm for mix-match styling du jour. London’s calling and I’m scooting over the pond for my fashion injection. Cheerio!
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