There is nothing like an Opening Ceremony to make a trend lover’s eyes pop. Last night the retailer held an event in its Manhattan location celebrating Bad Day magazine‘s latest issue, featuring Kelela on the cover with a Saint Laurent ad (how cool is that!) holding down the flip. Fashion wise, one thing that really popped out was the dominance of sneakers. Brands ranged from beat up Converse to the latest Supreme Nike Foamposite collabo that cause a queue so crazy the police shut it down. Looking through the images, white footwear is clearly having a moment. Conversely, dressy heels are not. Among all the guests, there were maybe two women wearing shoes featuring heels over three inches to the point where they looked slightly at out place.
The other trend that stood out is a move away from very snatched picture perfect dressing to looks that speak to a sort of studied yet fun indifference. Rather than create barriers and distance, the statements attendees made were friendly and familiar that invited approach and interaction. Outfits included vintage pieces that were often frayed around the edges and sneakers and shoes were often worn and dirty. Less, look at me I’m fashionable and more, hi there, come hang out with me.
It’s a very open look and one can’t help but conclude that as dependent as we have become on electronic forms of communication, people really are looking for connections that involve bodies and face to face interaction. Fashion is no longer about viewing oneself as a brand, the ultimate soulless entity, but finding the beauty in the imperfectness of being human. Fashion is veering to imperfect with chink in armor no longer a vulnerability to be feared but an opening through which we can physically connect.
All images by The Snobette.