The WSJ today wrote that the fashion industry is in a tizzy because when it comes to womens fashion, everything is in style. A good thing for all of us who follow and enjoy fashion, as this mix and match aesthetic and take what you want from trends attitude (you know the one that means you actually buy what looks good on YOU and have fun adding in the occasional trendy piece if it happens to work for you) prevents anyone from looking like a fashion victim.

However, the article suggest that it’s challenging to many designers, as there’s no big look or item to push come New York Fashion Week in February.

So what happens when the fashion industry can no longer see us as mindless guinea pigs willing to buy the “It” items of the season and can no longer take a purely top-down approach?

They get new guinea pigs.

Who are they?

Men, apparently.

Read the rest of the article here and let us all know what you think in our comments below. Do you follow trends?

I hypothesize that designers are just as aware of the economy as the rest of us and know that they’ll have a far easier time selling their customers classic looks right now (i.e. a trench coat) rather than something more experimental that seems temporary or fleeting. I also think we’ll see plenty of trends for those of us who would like to indulge in something that seems fresh, as witnessed from the Golden  Globes red carpet, including ruffles, the color purple, and one-shouldered dresses.

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