By Jacquie Burton
Before we begin: I beg of everyone... please boycott the term "recessionista". Don't let that ghastly word get any worse or spread any farther than it already has! Hopefully telling people NOT to use the term doesn't count as actually using it.. In any case that buck stops here, I promise!
With harsh climates (economic AND weather) we all felt some major winter blues. As we push forward into 2009, the vibe on the street and runway is pure joy and optimism.
Lanvin's Spring line showed us asymmetrical dresses in power punching orange and vivid fuchsia. Nothing dismal here.
Let us compare this bright optimism with the not so distant dismal past..
People lapped up reflections of economic uncertainty and depression in the Fall 2008 lines. Black, black and more black. Oh and maybe a touch of gray. I never thought being poor and depressed could look so chic!
2008, if anything, taught us a few things. One lesson for me: The merit of black in the wardrobe. Black is fool proof and it is timeless. It's slimming. It's Parisian looking. And just like that, I can't stop buying/wearing it!
Younger designers Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh,Yohji Yamamoto and Anne Demuelemeester
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Lanvin Spring 2009