The Eccentric Blends trend, analysed on WGSN, seems to reaffirm my primary research and fits with the macro-environmental trends I have listed previously.
The key features of this trend are:
- Juxtaposed, varied references
- Exhilarating, youthful silhouettes
- Eclecticism and pronounced individuality
- Statement patterns, bold graphics
However, there is emphasis on simple shapes, tying it to the Minimal Maximalism trend (WGSN).
Maximalism has been driven by young, experimental designers such as Alessandro Michele at Gucci where the more-is-more aesthetic can be seen in dynamic combinations.
WGSN define the trend as encompassing:
- Mixtures of eras
- Clashing patterns
- Experimental colour and texture
- Varying proportions
- Blurring category/season and gender
- Indulgent fabrics
- Dominant details on blank canvas
- 50s/60s colour palette (Minimalist Art Movement)
This can be seen from the runways of SS17:
It is also significant that there is a blurring of categories and genres, seen from WGSN’s Psychadelic Grunge article:
- Refers to menswear showing gender-fluid themes
- “1990s-inspired shapes, including voluminous trousers and slouchy outerwear, are updated with a modern, youthful palette” Subtrend: A Brighter Future
- Bold reds/oranges balanced by softer pastels
- Bold graphics and animal prints
These pages all are relevant to my trend research, showing that the over-the-top, bold aesthetic is translated into both menswear and womenswear as it is not restricted. This further ties to the current macro environmental forces of wanting to break the established norms in the wake of uncertainty and dissent.