By Stephanie Huang ‘16
I have not written a single article for this column about the amalgamation of trends that have been circulating the fashion world. I feel like these trends are often an acquired taste, and while I personally may appreciate them, I know a lot of you may not. However, I finally realized that many of you might still want to be informed of the bizarre things that intrigue us here in our little bubble.
Trend #1: Overalls/Short-alls, or dungarees, if you’re British. These ‘90s inspired one-pieces have been revamped to vary in length, textile, and shape—from Phillip Lim’s leather overalls with a tapered leg to Topshop’s pinafore-inspired overall-dresses to renewed vintage denim short-alls. There’s something effortlessly enticing about the slouchy, utilitarian vibe that these pieces induce when layered over cropped sleeveless turtlenecks and topped with a beanie.
Trend #2: Holographs. With Burberry, Jonathan Saunders, Stella McCartney, and Proenza Schouler jumping on board, it’s hard to ignore this iridescent beauty of a trend. I know you’re probably feeling another wave of nostalgia, reminiscing about your old sparkly Pokémon cards, or those metallic stickers with optically confusing patterns. Before the turn of the millennium, around when I was born, I’m pretty sure this is how everyone thought the people of the future would dress. To overlook this new spin on reflective metallics that catch the light would be to say no to one of spring’s perfect complements. These silvery, rainbow-tinted textiles have a buoyancy and lightness to them that go hand-in-hand with spring whites.
Trend #3: Obnoxious Text. There’s something appealing about letting what you’re wearing literally speak for itself, especially if it’s a tad obnoxious, or a little witty. Some of my favorites this season are Jac Vanek’s beanie, embroidered with “BRAT” right across the front, Dope Couture’s DOPE snapbacks, and Brian Lichtenberg’s t-shirts with word-play on designer logos, replacing the Hermès’ logo with Homiès, South Central (a reference to the decayed urban area in L.A. where many homies presumably live), and Céline with Féline, Meow. Because everything looks better with an accént, right?
So, while I’m sure most of you are thoroughly convinced by now that the fashion industry is becoming increasingly ridiculous, I am unashamed to say that I absolutely love it.