I remember few years ago everybody went absolutely crazy about pure minimalism. Not just in fashion but in interior too. Scandinavian designs ruled the scene everywhere and we enjoyed the simple lines, natural materials and mostly black and white color palettes.
I remember when one of the Dutch bloggers who tends to wear full white ensembles – said plain white represented the endless possibilities for her. Like an empty paper which is waiting for filling it with colors, shapes and textures. With life. That’s a bit strange but wonderful idea and I bet not so many people are thinking like her. If we apply this theory to real life than that could mean we cleaned or minds and took a big breath in order to welcome something new. Something which is full with colors, textures and patterns.
Minimalism craziness started with Phoebe Philo at Celine in 2009…
and continued staying with us for quite a while…
But it’s not just the state of our mind. I’ve read once that fashion trends are connected to world’s economy directly. And because I like believing that everything is connected to everything and like thinking in systems, I can easily accept this. Just take a look at trends during world wars for example. Could be a coincidence that minimalism stroke directly after the economy crisis? And the recovery from it brought us to maximalism? I think so.
Personally I loved minimalist style few years ago. It was my bread and butter, just what I needed back than. But I like order in every way. I cannot feel myself good in untidy, overwhelming environment. I guess I have just enough chaos in my head sometimes so my life around me should be clean as possible. Although I always experimented here or there with a bit of color or pattern, after a while minimalist environment started to become boring. I (we) needed a bit more.
I loved everything black and white and oversized too…
…and leather jackets and black skinnies with ankle boots or white sneakers.
And designers happened to feel the same apparently as they started to change clean, colorless styles to more colorful ones. It was a process which reached the top in 2015 with Gucci’s new creative designer, Alessandro Michele. He’s arrived and the whole fashion world went crazy. Here we are now. Minimalism is the past and maximalism is the present. The future? Who knows? It’s sure this ‘more is more’ trend is staying with us for a while and after that maybe we’ll start going back to minimalism. The never ending circle of life? Might be.
Maximalism went crazy with Alessandro Michele at Gucci in 2015…
…and it’s still on the go.
What’s interesting enough that what does all of this mean from the aspect of our own styles and our behavior? What’s too much and what’s just enough? When can you stay yourself especially if you are a fashion devotee from heart who is open for new and nice things? What is our style at all? Does it mean minimalism wasn’t me, did I just sit on the bandwagon with everybody else? But it felt real and it feels real right now.
I think it’s all about you knowing yourself and balancing well. I know myself more or less. I’ve had 30 years to know myself so far but as you can see I pay attention. Maybe too much though but who knows for sure what’s too much or too less? If you know yourself there’s a big chance you already have a quite stabile core closet what you can built whatever you want on.
And here I’m now balancing between more and less and trying my limits. 🙂
I love some of the maximalist designs…to look at though. I admire the vibe and creative energy what comes from there but I could never ever wear those total outfits. However, I could wear some of the elements like some colors or accessories. And I know that I could wear those Celine outfits back from 2009. Without a doubt. I know well at this point that I’ll never gonna rid off my staples but I’m welcoming more colors and some trendy but somehow classic pieces too. A trendy accessories here or an even more trendy piece of clothing there. And if I can feel and enjoy it, I might go even further.
And what does this all mean? It means that my style was not false back then but it has evolved to an other level which suits me more at this point. And which I’m really glad about because what would be the point if I did not feel good in my skin/clothes?
Photos via vogue.co.uk and me.