In the midst of the global fashion weeks it’s pretty difficult to forecast trends. It is, however, easy to point out colors, shapes, or lines that are prevalent in many of the shows. Anyone can do that. Looking for that special thing that pops up in only a few shows? Well… that isn’t as easy. I think I may have just struck gold with this one, guys. I understand this won’t be for everyone but I’ll sure as heck try to make you like it! What am I talking about? Flames.
Our journey with flames starts with Daniel Palillo Fall Winter 2010. In one of my constant online window shopping sprees I came across these two looks ages ago. I wasn’t quite sold yet but still tried to convince a friend of mine to buy the flame dress. I mean, come on. It’s pretty amazing. Turns out I wasn’t convincing enough. Little did I know, Daniel was planting the seed in my squishy little brain.
Next we go to the king of tongue-and-cheek clothes. Leave it to Jeremy Scott to use flames as one of his many, many inspirations. This time, for his Adidas collaboration, he threw the flame design right onto a sneaker. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for anything Jeremy does, so it’s no surprise I fell in love with this idea.
Fast forward now to the latest Alexander Mcqueen menswear show in Paris. This is where I started to get convinced this trend might be something to look into. When one of the most respected labels of our time is sending looks down the runway that are normally reserved for elementary school kids of the nineties, you know something is up. My personal journey to find the perfect flame shirt had now begin.
During a recent trip to Montreal the thrifting Gods must have been with me. I had found the perfect flame shirt. It took a bit of convincing with my friends but they ultimately backed me on the purchase. I was making this happen. Look out world!! I was convinced when I saw a matching ladies outfit for sale in a weird subway station store. Nothing beats that.
Little did I know I would get a bit of solidification from the most recent string of fashion week shows, starting with this look from the Jeremy Scott Spring Summer 2012 collection. It was the only one of it’s kind in the collection but amazing none-the-less. If Jeremy says it’s okay, I say it’s okay.
Now for you naysayers. Here are two looks from the Prada Spring Summer 2012 show. I mean, seriously?! Prada?!!! When I checked out the collection I was hardly expecting this. I’m convinced. Flames are happening.
So if Daniel Palillo, Jeremy Scott, Alexander McQueen and Prada aren’t enough to convince you, I’m not sure what else to say. If you’re with me on this trend, time to hit the local thrift stores. Try eBay and Etsy to find the perfect flame piece for you. It’s a really, really fine line with this one, though. Finding a piece in the right fabric, shape and size is extremely important. But, most importantly, have fun!! This is definitely not a serious trend so don’t treat it as one. It might be a cliche, but the perfect amount of confidence is the best accessory with this trend.
ANDREW CHIPMAN IS A PERSONAL STYLE BLOGGER, DIY GURU, AND MASTER OF GOOD TASTE FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA.