Have they worn out their welcome?I try to keep abreast of current and upcoming fashion trends within the alternative scene. In recent years, we've seen an abundance of change within Gothic and alternative styles; there's been a revival of 70's inspired fashion, bold prints, occult symbolism, sheer fabrics, body suits and bondage straps. But have some of these trends already worn out their welcome?
Occult Prints(Pictured above) I have an appreciation for what Killstar and Banned have brought to the alternative fashion scene, but I think they may have overdone it with their occult prints. I've already discussed with other bloggers that both design labels use an inappropriate mixture of cultural and religious symbolism in their pieces. Having a primarily Gothic consumer base, you would think that these designers would be more sensitive to the differences between Wiccan symbols, Egyptian symbols and Christian symbols. Whether people want to acknowledge it or not, symbols do have meanings and they really shouldn't be smashed together for purely aesthetic reasons. I'm guilty of liking Banned Apparel's occult print leggings, which I featured in a mood board back in the fall, but I wish they had chosen a single set of symbols, like in Killstar's zodiac hoodie. Beyond the problem of ignorance, I just feel that these occult prints have been way overdone and that it hurts my eyes to look at them.
Second to overdone prints, I'm also completely over primarily black and white designs. As I've mentioned in the past, I would love to see more colour brought into the alternative wardrobe. I'll always have a place in my heart for black but I've lived with a black wardrobe for over half my life, it's time for something new. Sadly, I'm not seeing a whole lot of colour in recent fashion trends. There's a few galaxy prints and pastel goth items, but they're more like colour combinations of black and purple as opposed to solid colours. I'm really taken by aspects of Nu Goth, especially the sheer fabrics, which I plan on incorporating into my wardrobe, but I want something different than just all black. Like why aren't we seeing more white? I'd love that. I'd also love to see more metallics, like gun metal, silver or royal blue.
It's a cute idea, but I hate 'em. I hated them back in the 80's and I hate them now. Even if they have the pee flap or you have to take them off entirely just to go the bathroom, either way, they suck. They look great, but who wants to wear the equivalent to a bathing suit all day?! Please, let's not bring back impractical pieces like the body suit or the romper. I shouldn't have to undress to go to the bathroom!!!
Offensive SlogansA trend that I despise is vulgar slogans. I've never really liked this stuff. I'm not talking about the "Bitch Craft" shirt that I featured back in September, which is a cute play on words, I'm talking about shirts that say things like "Go fuck yourself" or "I'm a whore". It's just so tasteless and immature to me. As a well educated woman, I cannot reduce myself to wearing those phrases on my body, especially during the day in public. Maybe to a nightclub, but to a cafe? Or the mall? Like really?! I have to ask my readers this, don't you think it's a tad cliché for a goth to wear something that deliberately shocks and offends? Do we really want to be known for that? We might as well have shirts that say we shoot up schools and kill babies.
A lot of hipsters have picked up on this vulgar trend and have incorporated it into their street fashion because they think it's subversive and shocking. The thing about being subversive is that you're doing something that's unexpected, but what's funny is the fact that this is exactly the kind of crap that I would expect from a hipster. I think it's time for people get some self respect and ditch the vulgar slogans.
ConclusionLast January, I would've told you I felt Goth fashion was growing and improving at an unprecedented rate, but now I feel as though we've reached a plateau. I'm hopeful that we will see more sophisticated and feminine designs because there's been a lot of club wear recently and for the majority of us (who are corp goth, elder goth, or just more conservative) it's simply not practical to go out with your tits exposed!
What are your feelings on recent trends? What's worn out its welcome and what's here to stay? What would you prefer to see?