Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Designing for the Future

There is no argument that fashion trends are volatile. Today's high fashion might be tomorrow's faux pas. We all know about the rise and fall, and finally, the current rise of acid wash denims.

Acid Wash Denims making a slow yet steady comeback

But there are certain trends that we know are out for good. The completely impractical Victorian hoop skirts and the painful corsets are resting in their graves. Thank god!!

On the other hand, there are a few trends that will outlive most of us and there are a lot of trends that haven't seen the light of day yet but will certainly do, and as true patrons of the art of fashion, we need to consider them.

Here are five of my future fashion predictions (The next few decades will prove/disprove my clairvoyance!).

1. Comfort Clothing: 

People are traveling more and more these days. Lives are faster and more stressful. No one wants to take the subway in a frilly gown or go to the office wearing hats with flowers or fruits pinned on their heads. So, as much as I will miss my skyscrapers, I see sneakers, loafers and other flat footwear replacing most, if not all, heels.
Sneakers are the new Heels (Link to Post)

2. Gender Neutral Clothing: 

Gender specific clothing doesn't make much sense either. There is no forbidden territory, in work or in fashion, for anyone anymore. How one dresses is a mark of individual identity rather than a social confirmation to one's assigned gender.

Gender Neutral Drape Tunic from NotEqual

3. Smart Clothes:

Why just wear a smart watch when you can literally be smarty pants? Clothing that can correct your posture, monitor your heartbeat and communicate with your devices, is the epitome of future fashion.
These Vibrating Connected Jeans from Spinali Design come equipped with vibrating sensors, geolocation and are connected to your smart phone. 

4. Customization and Design: 

This is already happening. Thanks to 3D printers, anyone can be a designer. From jewelry to shoes, we can design anything at home. So why won't I make myself the most unique paper boat necklace?

3D printed piece of jewelry from www.shapeways.com

5. Color Changing Clothes:

This one is my favorite!! I want a pearly white shirt in the morning and a shiny black one at night, a powder blue one when I am happy and a dull grey when I am sad. I read somewhere that the UK based brand Unseen is experimenting with the idea and if that's true, I wish them lots of luck. For now, DelSol has some amazing color changing stuff too.

Clothes that change color! Tee by DelSol

What do you think? Share your fashion predictions with us through the comment box!

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader. 

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