WHEN IT COMES to fear-factor fashion, I'm no Pollyanna. Yet even I hesitated when faced with spring's corset trend. After six rounds of IVF and two children, now 4 and 6, my waist has given itself over to lassitude and laxity while I've looked the other way.
What a time to be in Fashion: the traditional structure of #NYFW and fashion weeks in general are feeling the pressure from emerging trends and technology. As See-Now-Buy-Now gains momentum, we asked Unfolders whether the movement announced a much needed reinvention or just another fleeting trend?
If fashion were a cult - and who are we to say it's not - Rei Kawakubo would be its high priestess. A master at interpreting how clothing can both hide and reveal our vulnerabilities, Kawakubo has changed perceptions about the meaning, pleasure, and function of fashion in the same way that Arnold Schoenberg forever changed classical music with his 12-tone method and David Lynch blew apart traditional forms of film narrative.