LEANNE MAI-LY HILGART (DESIGNER, VAUTE COUTURE)
This is going to be a lucky year. An extra lucky year, I can feel it. So the world didn't end, but as cheesy as this sounds, I think it's just beginning in a new cycle of bringing things back to what's important, as we may have gotten a little caught up in all that we can do and lost a little of what mattered most.
Every time there is an industrial revolution, we get a little taken by how fast and cheap something can be made, and lose the heart and love in making things, as well as in appreciating things we interact with, and most importantly, how those things are made and if the way we make them is good to others, to the earth, and creating quality.
As this lag has caused much frustration for many of us of mass-produced goods, some of us have felt the loud need to create and to interact. More computers means a deafening primal scream to be working with our hands, seeing each other face to face, and being out in the world, whether touching the earth or being surrounded by people in the subway focusing on little interactions. I believe business is moving towards a more balanced space of appreciation for handmade, for quality, for unique, for passion, for seeing each other in person, married beautifully with the gifts and efficiencies of technology, and in production that considers quality: quality of life for workers, for the Earth, and for the product. I believe that after our society has figured out how to be more efficient and effective, we are now ready to go back to bring in the things we've lost from the previous era, namely quality, love, passion, and in-person interaction.
In fashion this means more pieces that feel like you: a more curated closet, with a blend of your favorite things from different eras, from different travels, from different looks, instead of just what's in the latest magazines, or what's on display at the mall. More people are making clothes, buying vintage, and buying handmade to create style that is one of their very own.