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SPOTTED: Futuristic and Flirtatious

March 23, 2013

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When I spotted this girl I had to take her photo. I noticed the contrast between her retro style top and the full-size modern skirt. This mixture of these pieces had me think of the “Industrial Evolution” macro trend that WGSN has identified for Autumn/Winter 2014/15. This trend is all about the changing design processes of new machines and looks at the transition between the digital and analogue eras (WGSN Creative Direction Team, 2013). The utilitarian design of the trend focuses on the changing relationship between man and machine, in an artisan direction (WGSN Trends Team, 2013). This macro trend makes me think of a retro space age, throwing aesthetics of vintage 1940s and 30s into the mix with futuristic designs. The small bias ruffle on her skirt has been prominent in Paris, modernizing the peplum and creating a new silhouette to this season’s 1940s tailored looks (Bibby, 2013). Her eye-catching skirt full of volume and texture has a futuristic grunge girl style and a similar street style has been seen in Paris and Milan (Velásquez, 2013). Also, the Milan catwalks for A/W 2013 featured in Vogue (2013) carry a punk trend and a maximalist trend, with designs of wild volume and deep hues. The polka dots on her top are apparent in the Miu Miu Fall Winter 2013 fashion show (Bryan Boy, 2013) and have been making an appearance in street fashion (McKessar, 2013). The WGSN Womenswear Team (2013) identified a “Punk Grunge” trend with rebellious attitude, and colours of reds, blacks and pinks, as well as a “Flirtatious 50s” trend. This girl’s look has elements of both these trends, with her fit and flare silhouette, use of retro polka dots, and the bold use of pink. This creates a futuristic and industrial look with a mix of retro aesthetics. Her platform sandals also scream space age!

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