Snarky types might call this the “High Fashion Does Prison” trend, or the “Beetlejuice” trend, and I’m terrified that my eye will get used to the look. To redeem the designers, most of them manipulated the fabric to give modern, innovative lines, but its hard to get over the prison invocation. Also, most of them have other things in the same line which does not have a stripe in sight. Mind you, I love a good stripe, but….
I am looking at the Fashion Week collections posted on the Vogue Runway website (they have a great iPhone app which I use constantly during Fashion Weeks), and seeing big black/white striped fabric in a lot of configurations in the New York Fashion Week offerings. Vogue Runway has now moved on to the London Fashion Week. With thanks to Vogue Runway, I am posting these images and would love to see what you might make of the bold stripes to fit your wardrobe. By clicking on the links below each photo, you can read the commentary of a real fashion journalist. They might have a totally different take on these collections than me. Fashion obsessed people, make sure you look at the slide shows for each collection.
Alberta Ferretti, Fall 2017
It’s all their fault. The design house of Alberta Ferretti started the whole thing (as far as I know, because I’m not a fashion journalist) in their Fall 2017 collection. Apparently, the rest of the fashion world took a hint and suggested that we all wear this look come spring of 2018.
Christian Siriano, Spring 2018
My boy Christian couldn’t help including this look, although this is not his usual aesthetic. Christian is loved by celebrities; so let’s play the “who’ll wear this” game! Who do you think? I’m throwing in Katy Perry’s name in the basket.
Ji Oh, Spring 2018
Carolina Herrera Spring 2018
My girl Carolina is not doing “prison”. Love the bright stripes, but a fur jacket in spring?
As you read this, I’m sheepishly looking at these stripes in my fabric stash. I love these fabrics, so there’s something to be said for the prison or beetlejuice look. The top chevron is a loose, stretchy open knit (it’s not a raschel knit, if you want to be picky about it) from Sew Much Fabric. The one below is a stretch cotton by Maggy London, bought from Promenade Fabrics (based in New Orleans). I’ll let you know what these pieces turn into 🙂 .
This is just from the New York Fashion Week for Spring and Resort 2018; same stripe trend was happening in the London Fashion Week. I keep up with the high fashion world with the Vogue Runway website and phone app; there’s great sewing inspiration there as well. No business affiliation with them (laughs hysterically).