Fashion is always an odd industry, but this year New York Fashion week has a decidedly strange feel to it. On one hand there are a number of designers who, due to the economic climate have cancelled shows or chosen cheaper, more conservative presentations. Yet at the same time there is an opposing collective who are of the mindset that fashion should continue to inspire and drive optimism.
Take for example, Diane Von Furstenberg, who chose to show a collection that was anything but reserved. According to style.com DVF ‘sent out a melting pot's worth of fabrics, embroideries, and patterns—from leopards to camouflages to tapestry prints’ . As veteran of the fashion world, DVF has individually experienced many high and lows throughout her career and clearly has learnt that a positive attitude equates in a positive outcome. In the words of the woman herself, this year, ‘it’s about survival’.
New York’s sweet heart Marc Jacob’s also showed a collection which aimed to raise the spirits of the audience and is according to Jacobs, was ‘for everyone who loves fashion’. As an American designer (albeit living in Paris) the influence of the recent positivity of President Obama is hard to ignore. Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune writes that; ‘The audacity of hope from Jacobs was the belief that women will wear vivid colors like electric blue or purple for angular cape coats, or that they will match green with pink, pull on patterned hose…’
Once again, fashion is playing its own role and creating its own story within history.