Of late, I’ve been infatuated with monochromatic or greyscale ensembles and I can’t help but wonder if this trend/obsession/interest in all things on the white-black spectrum has anything to do with the scandalised (or scandalicious?) hysteria around ’14 Shades of Grey’. Or whether, on a more serious note, these monochrome tastes are influenced by world events.
Edward Snowden, conflict between Russia and Ukraine, protests in Thailand, the umbrella movement in Hong Kong, the rise of ISIS and their practice of beheading people, the spread of Ebola.
Houndstooth wool-blend coat by REDvalentino, £224.70 | Cropped wool-blend felt tapered pants by Jil Sander, £550 | Liesl woven toyo cap by Eugenia Kim, £47.50 | Lindsay distressed leather ankle boots by Frye, £96.67 | Multi-Chain Necklace by CharlesKeith.com, US$66 (online exclusive)
Last week, over a conversation with a budding designer about my predictions for fashion trends for the next two or more seasons will be affected by these world events. Perhaps, I’m already feeling the brunt of it now, feeling more drawn to the calm and serenity that a greyscale palette offers, as a fleeting shelter from all this sad news.
I’ve also read a statistic that there are more wars happening now, than there were 50 years ago.
Its not a statistic anyone boasts about. And I think its alarming and worrying that I spend more time stressing about why my Instagram posts doesn’t have very many likes, than trying to figure out how I can be part of the solution.
Not my proudest moments.
But, I digress.
Yesterday, a fashion brand based in Central area of Hong Kong reached to me via LinkedIn to check out their brand and online store. Here, I assume a little, but I think it’s fair to say they’ve been affected by this month-long protest, which has set up base camp in Central. I also hear that some stores in Hong Kong are thinking up creative means of getting sales in spite of the protests. And as a business, that’s what you got to do.
I’m intrigued to see how the next two seasons pan out. And eager to see if my predictions are on the money.
Till then, I’ll stick with the monochrome, for now.
Image credit: L’Officiel (I think), Net-A-Porter, Charles & Keith, The Outnet