Wise readers, is it me, or has fashion lost its way?
There is certainly no lack of creativity or striking imagery in fashion today. But there seems to be no direction.
During most of the last century, fashion (in the Western world) was dictated by a handful of designers in places like Paris and Hollywood, and trends got filtered down to the masses via magazines, movies, and sewing patterns.
You may not like the styles (or the effort they required), but they were undoubtedly clear. The silhouettes reflect their respective periods and -- I'm guessing here -- anyone who sought to be fashionable tried to recreate them.
When did this end -- the Eighties, perhaps, or earlier?
One of the appeals of vintage dressing is being able to evoke a specific period so clearly based on a silhouette: big shoulders: Forties (or Eighties); wiggle skirt: Fifties. Of course, not everyone dressed according to the fashions of the period(s), but if you look at old photographs of "ordinary" people, you'll see that many people -- of varying classes, races, lifestyles, etc. -- did.
So I ask you, do you miss having the dictates of a single influential designer or fashion capital to determine (or at least influence) your fashion decisions? Do you feel better off in this more laissez faire fashion period (if you agree that that's what we're in right now).
Does it make getting dressed in the morning easier -- or harder?
I'd love to hear what you think!