Love or Loathe: Minimalism
We've been flipping through the shows in New York and...let's just say we won't be featuring as many designers as last year. One big trend has already become apparent: minimalism. A key reason I hate this trend is that it's impossible to work on a budget. You end up looking like a cast off from the 90s in clothing sucked dry of personality and joie de vivre. On top of that, it comes across as elitist. Have you noticed, for example, that a $20 jersey tee from Old Navy is a basic but a $200 jersey tee from Alexander Wang is minimalism? I'm all for fine tailoring, but this isn't about the perfect pant or a finely cut jacket. Most of Spring 2011's designer minimalism is sloppy ("casual") and ill-fitting ("relaxed"). Is anyone else disheartened by this trend or are you all for plain clothes?
BCBG keeps it simple.
To a lesser extent the same can be said for the fine arts.
In true minimalism function dictates surface appearance.
Add marketing- still a VERY healthy profit...Go to Target.
That being said, concerning the economics of making these garments, as you mentioned--shame on them.
It's the one time I can be lazy while getting dress and feel good knowing I look chic-er than 50% of the models that walked down the runway in a minimalism look.
...and of course I'm ignoring the other 50% which is high quality and I will never be able to afford.