Spring 2019 Fashion. Flowers and feathers and lace, oh my!

By Elizabeth Jarrard

Think the world of fashion is limited to shopaholics and hedons? Think again. Clothing ourselves in a decorative fashion most definitely evolved from the inherited influence of our tribal ancestors. And there is evidence to suggest that the more creative homo sapiens were, the more attractive and successful they were at finding mates. Maybe even more than their tool-wielding counterparts. Or at least as successful.

Fashion is one of those industries that at times can seem problematic, but if looked at as a form of artistic expression, it is as important as a painting by Monet or a sculpture by Rodin for its ability to amplify individual artistic expression. A person who is more aesthetically oriented in the way they choose to dress often tends to be creative in other ways. Additionally, people who are more creative tend to be more comfortable with ambiguity than with rigidity and prescribed rules.

High fashion has a powerful impact on important movements in the avante-garde, perhaps creating an artistic feedback loop--which pushes boundaries and provokes important movements regarding the respective time periods in which we live.

For instance, the romantic era of literature, music, and visual arts often correlated with more traditionally prescribed gender roles and accompanying repressed sexuality. High necklines for women met austere prints and muted or conservative color palettes. Once we moved beyond those eras of repression, such as in the 1920s, women were finally able to wear trousers and donned sleek, loose-fitting, shoulder bearing frocks. At this time, androgyny in women’s dress was considered haute couture as was abstraction and cubism in the artistic movements of the same era. Fast forward forty years to the 1960’s civil rights era and the sexual revolution, postmodernism and voila: introduce the micro mini skirt.  

Avante garde movements in fashion continue to push the boundaries of gender and sexual orientation and norms and their varied expressions. And today is no different.

Fashion is taking another twist for this Spring 2019’s most haute couture runways. Of course, the biggest fashion moment strutting this year’s Oscars red carpet? Billy Porter wearing a full Christian Siriano gown.

Thus, we see a lot of ultra-femme back in high fashion for this Spring 2019 season a’la’ romance with sheer shock: floral and feathers meets sleek and sultry. Here are five of our favorites:

  1. Rochas. Stand out from the flock with this feathered Rochas ensemble.  

  2. Dries Van Noten shocks with his abstract and bold collage prints which sighs Art Deco. This silk dress using bold collage prints stunned at the Paris 2019 collections.

  3. You can never go wrong wearing a Valentino. This frock plays with a Victorian lace and neckline but without all the repression.

  4. And let’s not forget the not-so-innocence of eyelet cotton. This Loewe dress seems timeless and relevant to the ultra-femme we see really trending.  

  5. Many of Alexander Mcqueen’s 2019 Spring designs seemingly paid homage to a medieval banquet this year (The last season of Game of Thrones is upon us, after all), but this slinky number caught our eye.

Photo:  Flaunter.com

Photo: Flaunter.com

We love fashion and fashion designers. Wherever we find high fashion, we are sure to find affordable counterparts for the everyday in their humdrum (let’s be honest, more realistic) versions. Ever thought about how fast fashion can negatively impact the environment and our local economies and smaller independent designers? Fashion matters. Pindify is here to support artists and creatives of every industry claim their muse, create what they’re passionate about, and monetize the process. In the next article, we will highlight the importance of how creating ethical fashion and purchasing it can really make a positive impact.

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Elizabeth Jarrard