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15 February 2013

Minimalism is back...again?

Chloe SS11, Calvin Klein AW11, 3.1 Phillip Lim SS12, Celine AW12
Acne SS13, Alexander Wang SS13, Reed Krakoff AW13, Proenza Schouler AW13.

Take one glance at Style.com and their New York Fashion Week coverage, and you’ll see it. You will see the clean lines, sharp edges, muted palettes and androgyny. You will no doubt glance at the pointed shoes, unadorned shapes and monochrome. You may even think, gosh, am I getting Déjà vu? To say minimalism is the trend of the season would be a correct assertion, and although LFW, PFW and MFW are yet to pass, there’s no evidence that we aren’t likely to see the same occurrences there. Call it what you may; ‘the new minimalism’, ‘maximalist minimalism’ ‘ultra minimalism’ or ‘what on earth are those gloves Mr. Wang? Minimalism’, it’s still minimalism and it’s back…again. Give it a month and watch major publications present their ‘AW13 trend guides’, see them discuss a ‘new’ brand of simplicity that arose throughout the shows and presentations. Indeed this unfussiness has returned to greet us with big yeti arms (we have Alexander Wang to thank for that one, at least our hands will be warm…?) but having seen it survive so many seasons, one must ask, can we still call it a trend? The odds are Minimalism is here to stay, but how many times am I going to be firmly instructed to stock up on basics? Eventually I’m going to own more plain white t-shirts than one can possible wear, let alone fit in my closet.

I am not a fussy dresser, I don’t do frills or bows or cherry adorned headgear, but lately I’ve been beginning to question our definition of ‘minimalist’. Surely, I could categorize sportswear into it? The sleek lines and unfussy footwear scream simplistic. What of monochrome? Nothing shouts clean more so than an all black and white ensemble. My cat is all black, is she a minimalist? The double denim of last summer, aren't matching textures as basic as one can get? By continuing to pursue this desire for a clean aesthetic, we could be dulling down other trends. The 60s and 70s have returned for this summer, and I’m not sure I want to streamline my flares and chiffon. To me, it seems designers are competing to see who can achieve the most ‘understated’ collection, underthreat from being dubbed too 'try-hard' if they stray from the crowd. I will choose Phoebe Philo over chocolate any day, but whether I need to see her aesthetic repeated through and through by other designers, seasons in a row, is something I’m beginning to doubt. Is this minimalism here to stay, or is fashion running out of ideas? Do we need a change, and if so, when are designers going to explore new ideals? You decide, because quite frankly, I’m on the clean, white and sleek fence. One thing is for sure, we need to redefine minimalism before we lose sight of what it really means.

20 comments:

  1. I'm loving the minimalism trend! I've just got to the point where buying into fickle fads isn't giving me the same thrill. Infact it's instilling me with fear! I do think minimalism is no longer a trend anymore however. Beautifully written post Camilla
    Martha xo
    <a href="http:/marthadahhling.blogspot.com><I>Martha Dahhling</I></a>

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  2. minimalistic rocks !!! oh yeah :)
    kisses

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

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  3. I think minimalistic is really cool, it's so beautiful!

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  4. I second this. Minimalism is undoubtably here to stay. And I agree; it's quite complex to define. Minimalism can be so many things; also just an aspect in garments, for an example a minimalistic cut on a dress with a maximalist print, or the other way around. It seems weird that this Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein minimalism keeps coming up as a trend season after season. I think the reason as to why this is, is more consumer-driven than fashion forward. I know in Denmark, very few things can get us out of our all-black / all-white outfit. When we're really adventurous, it might be a neon-coloured clutch. Safari-trend and palazzo pants never make it to the street here. Therefor designers would have a hard time selling more adventurous clothes. I hope this won't stop them thought. :)

    Really enjoyed reading this, C! Have a lovely day,
    xx
    Sarah
    //Framboise Fashion//

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  5. I've become more and more 'minimalistic' with my wardrobe, I always seem to wear plain colours as opposed to prints and decorative items. I LOVED the androgyny in Ashish's SS13 collection though.

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  6. I read about it in Harper's Bazaar and I'm so happy! White, simple forms with nice jewelry - this is it.
    xo K

    http://klaudiland.blogspot.com/

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  7. Absolutely see your point and also really like the simplicity. However, as far as the balance goes, there will always be room for the feminine and romantic as well as sharp and sleek. Don't forget that it's New York and when it comes to designs it's all about location, location, location (minus Anna Sui, Diane, Carlina, Oscar, Monique, Ralph and a few others that do take romantism seriously).
    There will be plenty of sensual in Milan and feminine in Paris - just wait and see. :)
    x

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  8. i love this think
    xxxx

    NEW OUTFIT: ELEGANT FRAN
    http://showroomdegarde.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/today-blazer-again-but-it-has-nothing.html

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  9. I think minimalism isn't really a trend anymore. It's almost a new form of classic dressing. I love that approach to fashion and think less is definitely more! Plus, these pieces often have much more longevity in your wardrobe as opposed to say the neon trend. Thumbs up for minimalism!

    x Dayna
    www.polkadotweekend.ca

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  10. I love minimalism, even if it is very definatly not my stlye. Your style is amazing.
    Xoxo
    Sasha

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  11. I love minimalism! It's so me...
    www.fashionizelife.com

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  12. I am embracing this as I am sick and tired of spending money on appalling trends that do not last! I have loved seeing your Alevel art updates on twitter, maybe take a look at my blog? I am in my A2 year and know how hard and constricting it can be!
    Fantastic blog!
    xxx
    http://www.thepartychief.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. I really like minimalism, but I also think some people take it too far to a point where it gets boring, minimalism is fine, as long when it's kept interesting!

    love your blog!
    xx

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  14. I really like minimalism, but sme people take it way too far to a point where it gets boring! Minimalism is cool, as long people keep it interesting to look at!

    love your blog!

    Cheers!

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  15. Your jacket is amazing and so is your blog.... I adore it! :)

    www.kingofthesheep.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  17. I love the trend!!

    xx MJ
    http://shopaholic-thoughts.blogspot.pt/

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  18. I love the minimalist trend! It's so simple, refined, and so chic
    Less is more sometimes (:
    Great post! I'm so glad that I found your blog! You have such a beautiful sense of taste
    Great trend analysis!
    I would love it if you could check out my blog and maybe follow me if you like it!

    Have a superchic day, Camilla!
    Kisses from LA,
    Kelly

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