Wondering what a new year holds is always exciting. A new year brings about new wants, new opinions in the fashion world. As international editor for Papierdoll, my job is to scour the earth, edit, and report back to readers what to expect in fashion and style. Yes, it seems as if silver will be the new BLACK of spring. I could also quip about how I look forward to this trend or that trend in fashion, but fashion is much more than just stylish trends, at least to me. So here goes my top five picks of what I am looking forward to in 2008 in international fashion.
Hong Kong Fashion Week photography Kung Chan
1. I’m looking forward to fashion week organizers and certain international designers (I won’t name names) truly realizing the strong influence of the internet medium, and stop being such prudes on the invites. A publication online is just as credible and inspiring as their counterparts offline.
2.The surge of celebrity designers from Kate Moss to Lily Allen to Kylie Minogue definitely has me waiting with bated breathe on who will attempt at the “not so easy” design and sell strategy of retail. From H&M with Cavalli to Mango with Penelope and Monica Cruz, I wonder how and when Zara will jump in mix, however Zara maybe as smart as the clothes that they sell and don’t fix what is not broken.
3. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon, and as reported by JCReport, I’m getting very excited about what Milano is churning out for this year — luxury label 6267 to Albino D’Amato, who is bringing couture and sexy back with his rich, architectural dresses. I am also eager to see what new stars will rise out of London, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam Fashion Week’s. iPapier will have the pleasure of scouting out these talents through the keen lenses of Anne-Marie Michel and Ralph Lemarchel.
4. I am so looking forward to more, let me reiterate…more DIVERSITY in this industry. And I’m not just saying this because I am an African-American female, an editor, and enthusiast of the fashion world. I know this topic is talked upon and brought about time and time again, but whether it’s on the runway (i.e. Liu Dan), or to the retail (i.e. Nana Boateng), or via publishing efforts (i.e. Edward Enniful), change has to come soon.
5. Ahhh, Menswear. 2007, definitely proved to exude a schizophrenia of looks with modernist takes on Beau Brummel meets Archie and the Gang meets Sex Pistols meets club kids, with tailored and casual cuts that evoked whatever look the wearer was emanating, to dapper and funky looks that certainly brought sexy back to menswear. Fashion at times can be just seen as a womenswear market, the mentioning of international menswear designers such as Martin Andersson, Oliver Spencer, Oswald Boateng, etc. leaves for much excitement in 2008.
There you have it. My take on what I’m looking forward to in international fashion for 2008. 2008 is no longer approaching us, but is finally here. Predictions are a dime a dozen and like Ugg boots, everyone seems to have one. Enjoy!