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The biggest shifts in fashion have not come from runway trends but from historical events that disrupt society. The French Revolution killed hoop petticoats. World War II gave us more pants. Beyond face masks, how do you think coronavirus is going to change fashion?

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  • I was fully ready to make a joke about my wardrobe shifting to sweatpants and the occasional ball gown for funsies, but this take from Marc Bain is really smart—we can likely expect that trends will go back to minimalism when we come back to seeing each other.

  • Outdoors:

    I see these headbubbles. Very medical-like but easily acceptable as stylish by the eye. Equipped with pipettes for beverages.

    May be more gloves designed for the outside, because we’ve been re-educated to the preciousness and multi-functionality of our hands. We’d need to keep them clean in-house

    Outdoors:

    I see these headbubbles. Very medical-like but easily acceptable as stylish by the eye. Equipped with pipettes for beverages.

    May be more gloves designed for the outside, because we’ve been re-educated to the preciousness and multi-functionality of our hands. We’d need to keep them clean in-house.

    More pockets on all kinds off vests to slip all our cleaning kits: sanitizer, gels, napkins, sprays, etc.

    Indoors:

    The pajamas will be rethought to fit the double functions of staying home and working from home. We probably would want to look good in conference calls without having to change clothes afterwards.

  • Satin had already begun to trend in NYC, that is Satin Dresses with sneakers. This juxtaposition of ‘fancy’ with utility and almost ugly and pretty is likely to find it’s way beyond NYC and into the rest of the country.

    The current fashion with small bags the clip onto larger bags makes sense as well

    Satin had already begun to trend in NYC, that is Satin Dresses with sneakers. This juxtaposition of ‘fancy’ with utility and almost ugly and pretty is likely to find it’s way beyond NYC and into the rest of the country.

    The current fashion with small bags the clip onto larger bags makes sense as well, and joyful colors. Fashion that makes us smile, comfortable, and feel fancy after months of dressing not to be seen.

  • I’m really curious to see what this will do to the “circular economy” and the rapid rise of thrifting, a sector that was growing over 200% more than regular retail, pre-COVID. Now with people more sensitive to germs and viruses, we might see people declining secondhand goods for a while. Then again

    I’m really curious to see what this will do to the “circular economy” and the rapid rise of thrifting, a sector that was growing over 200% more than regular retail, pre-COVID. Now with people more sensitive to germs and viruses, we might see people declining secondhand goods for a while. Then again, maybe financial straits will force us all to get over it quickly!

  • More creative glove options, especially for men (think Happy Socks). Scarves and tall collars for makeshift protection. More pockets to store all the gloves, hand sanitizers and face masks. This applies to women's clothing especially.

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  • I’m anticipating ethereal colors and simple, unconstructed, flowing (night gown like-similar to post French Revolution) fashions.

    Thinking Heaven on Earth, Earth Angel!

    Many will realize an elevated version of themselves as we move away from materialism, make peace with our own morality, grieve the

    I’m anticipating ethereal colors and simple, unconstructed, flowing (night gown like-similar to post French Revolution) fashions.

    Thinking Heaven on Earth, Earth Angel!

    Many will realize an elevated version of themselves as we move away from materialism, make peace with our own morality, grieve the death of loved ones and our previous way of life.

    Oh this trend will apply to men as well kind of like California Flower Child .

    Think the current trend of shiny fabrics, metallic, exotic animal prints will give way to soft floral prints, matte fabrics, easy to slip on and off low-healed boots and shoes, gloves, clip-on handbags.

    Venetians during the Bubonic Plague wore long beaked masks w aromatherapy at the tip. Thought to be protective and also mask the stench of dead bodies. The trend evolved and beautiful masks were worn in public and to elaborate costumes balls.

    I see a resurgence of Aromatherapy and perhaps lovely face masks. Masks worn too by aging baby boomers in their 60s and 80s.

    If designed properly they could literally lift the face!

  • I don't know but thank you for posting a story about anything other than Covid or money.

    My personal style for now give Ruth's health are track pants t shirts very short hair and the bright pink complexion of a person that in normal times is compulsively clean. I hope that this is a short term fad.

  • As a side note I think masks might finally become more common in the west. However I’m expecting gloves to take off in a big way.

  • Yeah but pants are useless these days because of quarantine.

  • This crisis is triggering a period of gloomy introspection and will lead even the average consumer to realize how decadent fashion is and how we really do not need yet another dress or shoe or handbag. That said, let's hope this crisis is a segue into more skepticism about consumerism and the fashion

    This crisis is triggering a period of gloomy introspection and will lead even the average consumer to realize how decadent fashion is and how we really do not need yet another dress or shoe or handbag. That said, let's hope this crisis is a segue into more skepticism about consumerism and the fashion economy in general. Hopefully, we will see greater supply chain transparency, increased receptiveness to circular economy retail concepts and a disavowal of wasteful, even destructive, fast fashion. Next, the inability. this year, of the usual commercial stakeholders (editors, buyers, designers) to participate in the customary seasonal round of events, i.e., fashion shows and wholesale presentations will hopefully pave the way to the extinction of this unbelievably clunky, wasteful and retrograde system. Originally dictated by the slow cadence of the supply chain from decades ago, its formats, events and structures are about as necessary as a petticoat. If current technologies cannot already facilitate viewing and buying fashion collections with greater efficiency than the circuses convened at Spring Studios, then COVID-19 will certainly incentivize the development of technologies and applications which can.

  • Fashion itself will change our behavior