Emily P. is Ottawa Street Style’s latest contributor
While searching through my magazines, through various websites and blogs for that special new trend, it is disconcerting to repeatedly come across one of three things:
- a mod mess
- fifties forgery or, yet another,
- bubble skirt
Creativity has been stifled with stiff dollar bills. Thanks to the brilliant minds behind H&M and Wal-Mart, there is always a quick buck to be made, just ask Madonna, Roberto Cavalli or Karl Lagerfeld, all of whom slapped their name on a tank top to deem it ‘designer’ and, thus, justifying the forty dollar price tag.
As a fashion lover, myself, I have no qualms about paying a slightly-higher-than-imaginable price for a designer treasure (although I assure you, it happens less than you think) but I also believe designer treasure is a lot different than a poorly made over-priced, I-slapped-a-celebrity’s-name-on-this-so-buy-it dress.
Good news – I struck gold and this season “It” designers have traveled back in time, reached down into the fire-y depths of their imaginative core and pulled out something pre-historic, and, not to mention, something I love.
Aside from Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Haider Ackermann and Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, it is hard to find a collection that does not resemble a dumbed-down version of the latest Dolce & Gabbana Ad. However, this time around, Issey Miyake, Gaetano Navarra, Emma Cook and Sharon Wauchob prove they can run with the best. Feathers, animal prints and shaggy wool are perfectly paired with the river-bed color palette. This fall season it’s all about earth tones and sunset hues and without a bell sleeve or shoulder pad in sight, this trend has no limits. However, it is only a matter of time before these one of a kind look s are whittled down to a Halloween-esque Betty Rubble knock -off. Just try and get them while they’re actually hot.