In a time when there was little cause for celebration, clothing for 2020 was beautifully imaginative and festive. Without the usual water cooler chatter, trendy collars and fancy sweaters were ways to put a smile on your coworker at Zoom meetings. Trips to the grocery store have become opportunities to dress up new just for style. Loaded with turmoil and uncertainty, dressing became a kind of mood-boosting panacea, which reminded people of the joyful potential of fashion. And judging by the prevalence of bright winter trends, maximalist outfits will undeniably be the norm in 2022 as well. At the dawn of a new year, the turmoil is certainly not over – and neither is the consistent, uninhibited fashion phenomenon that it inspired.
Colin LoCascio, whose eponymous brand is an imaginative celebration of color, documents the daring fashion timeline in an interview with TZR: Colors in their collections – they had more tones and neutrals than in the past, ”remarks -he.
But, ultimately, the reign of minimalism came to an end, and LoCascio points it out when a certain decade of heavily dazzled and brilliant flashbacks took hold of the trend cycle. “The resurgence of the year 2000 has certainly brought to light a new love and nostalgia for wild prints and high saturation. And now, he observed, “a huge draw to designers who [are] re-articulating maximalism and kitsch in a super bright way like [the fashion of] the late 90s and early 2000s. Time spent at home, LoCascio adds, “has a lot to do with people embracing volume and vibrancy, after and during a period of silence and stillness.” .
Autumn Adeigbo, founder of her own eponymous brand, says the maximalist mindset is easy to embrace as well. “To be a maximalist is to be bold and confident, and to love art, print, color and fun. You have to have confidence in yourself because everywhere you go people will look at you, ”she told TZR via email. “Give them a show. Whether they admit it or not, people love to be surprised and delighted in their day-to-day lives, and clothing as an art form is a wonderful way to do it. I mean, it’s just fashion, isn’t it? »Asks Adeigbo.
LoCascio also believes that the colorful and vibrant aesthetic will last for a long time, as it is not only a trend, but also a factor of change in the industry. “I think the fashion industry is reinventing itself and getting a much needed facelift, it’s moving towards a more inclusive future – inclusive in what fashion looks like, and included in who’s in the room and telling their stories. ” he says. And for LoCascio, maximalism – a philosophy where anything goes, anything is welcome – has been and will continue to be a crucial force in making fashion a more varied field of expression.
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The maximalist art of layering
LoCascio advises getting creative with layering in winter and says there are two methodologies: “You just have to go ahead and look at the absurdity by stacking textures and mixing colors and patterns” , he shares. “Or you group patterns and colors with similar hues and then layer them together, so the colors all live in the same family. You play more with textures, or with different scales of impressions, etc. lustful is more “subdued” because all the colors are quite similar, “explains LoCascio.
“I think for myself, [maximalism in the winter] starts with a trendy coat, and everything in between – hat, shoes, jewelry, bag, pants or skirts – it’s all about it. I would say invest in a great coat that you love and will have for years to come – a coat that you would like to pass on to your daughter or niece. Once you have that, it’s just a matter of adding and modifying the story you want to tell through your choice of socks, shoes, and accessories.
“Our Phoebe Puff Sleeve puffer jacket is super extra and fun. I think you can wear it with tonal sweatpants underneath to tone it down, or you can add cheetah prints and high saturation and it’s still cool and maximalist, ”says LoCascio. Adeigbo, for his part, vouches for his brand’s January coat as a daring choice and inviting to compliments. “I recently wore our Alyssa suit in a yellow, plaid January coat for my first house party in Los Angeles, and it was a success,” she adds.
Kitsch Knit Headwear
As your mother has probably reminded you over and over again, much of your body heat is lost through your head. So, you want to make sure that you are wearing proper headgear that will lock in the heat during the winter. To stay comfortable and playful, consider a beanie, balaclava, or beanie (say three times faster) that will wrap around your entire head. You can also opt for a knit headband if you prefer a more open piece.
Dopamine stimulating dresses
For Adeigbo, bright dresses are a fabulous way to inject happiness into your wardrobe. Pair it with tights and layers for extra warmth, and the designer recommends being careful with your jewelry. “I love a structured gold choker (I almost always have one) or a few mini gold chains layered with a classic pair of big gold hoops or a chunky chain bracelet. that you wear is maximum, I would focus on accessorizing one or two parts of your body (neckline, ears, wrist), ”she notes.
“Our clogs also go very well with our dresses. But the best thing that you can accessorize any outfit with is a good disposition and a positive attitude, ”concludes Adeigbo.
Print on Print on Print
“I see heavy prints on prints on prints on prints [for winter 2022]», Shares LoCascio. “Printed pants, printed socks, a pop-colored shoe, colorful jewelry and crazy nails!” Or a printed jacket with a printed hat and a printed top under a printed turtleneck, ”he suggests. “I think in many ways the rule books have been thrown away, and people are leaning into them and having fun!”
Ruffles, frills, bows and fringes
Another key element of maximalism is excess. In practice, this often feels like adding flashy embellishments when and how you can. The knot gloves by Shushu / Tong and the fringed trench coat by Mietis are delightfully feminine additions to your winter wardrobe. Alternatively, you can don some heavily embellished pieces that work all year round, like a lettuce hem top or a pair of ruffled pants.
Retro pop culture icons
LoCascio also hypothesizes that your streaming habits induce a desire for expressive and dynamic style. “I’m also curious whether streaming sites like Netflix, Disney Plus, etc., downloading shows from the 90s / 00s also played a role in our lust for maximalism – The nanny, Moesha, Lizzie McGuire, and So it’s Raven, where daring and dynamism were in the foreground, ”he asks himself. Fran Drescher, for his part, definitively Love the royal blue AZ Factory blazer included below.