The New Millennium
Style Counsel asks what's left
on the fashion frontier
By PAUL VLACHOS
York City's streets are to fashion what MoMA is to Modern Art. It's all
here, every freaky style from punk to potato sacks. Recent additions to
the ever-evolving collection include Goth, the Junkie Look, piercing, scarification,
So what's left? In 10 years, what's going to make a guy with a steel
rod through the bridge of his nose feel mainstream?
I spent the last week undercover, probing the fashion elite, denizens
of the cutting edge, and the general population, asking them all the same
question: "What's left?"
Here then, are some New Yorkers' predictions for the future of fashion:
Name: Call me KK...
Occupation: Fashion Model
Age: Early 20s
Prediction: I don't even know what's in now. As for the
body piercing and all that, I think it's all gross...
Name: Peggy J.
Occupation: Art Therapist
Prediction: Uh...well, I think people are going to stop doing
anything and they're just going to do it in virtual reality. People will
be big, fat slobs sitting at their computers. I really don't know what
the next step is going to be, but it's going to go over the edge ...possibly
cutting off their ears or fingers. They'll call it "lopping or chopping."
Occupation: Downtown Cyber Diva/Digital Artist
Prediction: Bastardization of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery
for odd looks, such as lizard skin and additional body parts. Readapation
of existing cosmetic technology for more alternative alterations. In particular,
new skin colors, additional body parts, and better integration of biomechanical
and fashion. And possible experiments in "wetware," mixing and mingling
sort of like the fashion response to biological cloning. As in actually
growing sheep hair as a fashion statement instead of natural hair.
Occupation: UPS Man
Prediction: They've done piercing; they've done the hippie thing;
they've done the nerd thing; they've done the casual thing...I don't know
what could be next. As far as "outdoing the last generation," I
think the next generation's in trouble as far as that goes, to tell you
the truth. There's not a lot left, but I suppose they'll think of something.
Occupation: FIT Student
Prediction: I really don't know, but I had this idea the other
day for a fashion show where the models would stab themselves when they
get to the end of the runway, is that any help?
Occupation: Beauty Editor at Major Magazine
Prediction: In the future, the current emphasis on black in
fashion and makeup will shift just perceptibly to...near black. Navy, dark
purple, loden and deep slate, often shimmery, will replace the static flat
black popular today. In clothing, these shades are as flattering as all
black, and in makeup they are just as useful as black for drama and emphasis,
but in both clothing and fashion, they are a little more fun (they allow
choices) and softer-looking, in line with the trend toward increased femininity
and "prettiness" (this last is the current overarching trend buzzword).
Occupation: Street Poet
Prediction: It's going to be the post-Apocalyptic look, man.
The closest thing I can tell you is that they're all going to look like
homeless people do now rags and dirt.
Original Story Date: 041797
Original Story Section: Style