New York Fashion Week starts in seven days, and it's smack in the middle of some pretty interesting circumstances. London just declared a "double dip recession" (which sounds way less fun than a double-dip Carvel cone) and Occupy Wall Street continues to make noise on the streets. Meanwhile, the New York Times just proclaimed Lisbeth Salander as this season's style icon. But then there's the Chanel couture show - the house's most lavish and expensive presentation ever, which leaves fashion fans hopeful that extravagance and sparkle remains an enduring trend. (Editor's note: Also, the world is supposed to end in like ten months, right? So that's weird, too.)
All of this cultural upheaval should have us examining our values and future. Instead, all we want to know is just what will we be wearing next season / what new fashion stars will be born / Whose closet will we want to raid?
Here are some fashion predictions - sorry we can't also speculate on the endurance of the Euro…
The '70s Will Still Be On Our Minds
Charlotte Ronson granted us an exclusive sketch from her Fall 2012 collection. Proving that the '70s are very much alive and kicking for Fall 2012, her gorgeous fall collection is inspired "by the free spirited bohemian lifestyle and the tribal nomads of the world'" Think winter florals joined with teal panels and mixed textures. Think long and lean pieces with peekaboo front cut-out panels and sexy thigh slits.
The Bride of Interscope Will Reign Supreme
Lana Del Rey's new album 'Born to Die' received mixed reviews, but she hit back by topping the charts in 11 countries. Her fashion credentials are also soaring. The self confessed 'gangster Nancy Sinatra' can now add British Vogue Cover Girl to her resume as she appears next month in Louis Vuitton. ("Video Games" was featured on Christopher Kane's SS2012 catwalk soundtrack, and we expect "Blue Jeans" to be a major most-played song on this season's runways." Since a very convincing fake Lana Del Rey Prada campaign made the online rounds late last year, a real campaign seems very likely this Fall. (Miu Miu?)
You Will Still Be Able to Wear a Flannel Hoodie
It's hard to believe that 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of grunge, or at least Marc Jacobs' grunge Perry Ellis collection shown on November 3rd, 1992. That collection rocked the fashion world by selling so-called 'poor' clothing to the rich, intentionally ripping clothes and making silk look like polyester. Today, we all thrift clothes, smudge our eyeliner, wear flannel shirts, and rock Dr Martens boots (and Rooney Mara keeps reminding us how great it looks). We don't think Marc will dip into his famous archives for his own collections, but '90s babies like Chris Benz, Henry Holland, and Alexander Wang may have a tribute or two in store… (Bonus if anyone figures out how to make a waffle knit tee out of fur…)
You Will See More of These Girls on Tumblr Blogs
Alice Dellal was already a street style star, but her new campaign for Chanel's Boy handbag and her Marc x Marc ads give her added cache this season. Cara Delevingne's Burberry ads and Chanel Couture casting make her one to watch, too. See also: Annabel Dexter-Jones, Caroline Issa, Julia Sarr-Jamois, Azealia Banks, and Chelsea Leyland. Don't know who they are yet? You will.
You Will See More of These Girls in US Weekly
Our prediction for who will be in the front row of the celeb-heavy shows like Betsey Johnson and BCBG? Sarah Hyland of Modern Family, Ashley Greene, and of course, Chloe Moretz. (Hopefully Zooey Deschanel can get out of filming and come to some stuff, too.) As for Dakota and Elle Fanning, we predict the usual highbrow Rodarte-Proenza-Marc circuit for these little stars.
You Will Want to Look Like a Poison Apple
We will be looking to 'Snow White' for Fall beauty inspiration. The fairytale is the subject of two blockbusters this year (compare Lily Collins and Kristen Stewart's renditions here), which means dark hair, pale skin and red lips. Don't you want to be the fairest one of all?
A look from Charlotte Ronson's Fall 2012 collection.
Marc Jacobs' original grunge collection, 1992.
Lana del Rey