ABIGAIL DOAN (ENVIRONMENTAL FIBER ARTIST, WRITER)
Even with mobile devices and personal gadgets now coaxing us to journey to and document the far corners of the globe, a genuine desire for rootedness and connection to place continues to influence our fashion and style choices. Regionally chic offerings from local designers will inspire us to examine what makes shopping close to home both rewarding and ultimately sustainable.
Slow fashion, slow food, regional natural dye recipes, the conceptual crossover between food and fashion production methods, and the beauty of the "gathering" itself will help us to better understand the nature of community and modern harvesting.
A new cultural diversity in styling and accessorizing will come from further injections of artisan-based craft and collaborative enterprises – not as a form of escapism but rather as an appreciation for what connects us and makes us human. This will translate into a cool mix of global wardrobe recipes and vibrant pin board combinations come-to-life.
I have my fingers crossed that mainstream designers will have increased access to fair and economically viable models for sourcing and production via initiatives like The Supply Change
and Source4Style. Further interest in the complex value of textiles and the resilient threads of conscious choices will provide an underpinning for what constitutes true luxury and layers of deeper meaning.