Trend forecasters Christine Boland and Lidewij Edelkoort already used the words ‘new roaring twenties’ in their mouths and Belgian designer Raf Simons also hinted at the possibility. If it can all be done responsibly, will the world jump out of the band? And if so, what can the fashion industry expect?
Let’s go back to the real ‘Roaring Twenties’, the decade of the 1920s that was also nicknamed the Jazz Age. The world had just ended World War I, then called The Great War, and the Spanish flu left more than 50 million deaths worldwide. With a war and a pandemic fresh in their minds, they wanted to celebrate life again. It resulted in the (re) construction of an economy which resulted in enormous wealth for parts of society. Corsets were put aside and women were given plenty of room to move with the necessary decorations. The 1920s is remembered by many as a time of glitz and glamor, but a lot more happened. For the first time there was sportswear especially for women and bags were introduced in women’s clothing. Both developments resulted in a series of freedoms that were suddenly acquired. The twenties of the twentieth century then meant a new time of liberation for part of society.
A roaring twenties 2.0: This can mean it for the fashion image
Back to life in 2021: With various approved vaccines and the start of the vaccination program, the world is starting to look a little brighter. Although it remains to be seen how great the impact of the pandemic has been on the economy, it is already clear that people are itching to go outside, eat, drink and party again. Not only is there corona fatigue, there also seems to be sweatpants fatigue. A walk on Sunday has changed into a ‘see and be seen’ tour with ladies in their best outfit. Anyone who goes to the supermarket puts on their best outfit just because they can. People want to wear something nice again but have nowhere to wear it.
This frustration with the devastation gets as a counter-reaction that people will dress up again if the weather is possible, according to trend forecaster Christine Boland during her webinar Soulful Solutions SS22. “When we can go to a restaurant or out again, you can count on those high heels coming out.” Trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort also sees a roaring twenties happening. “Having fun and celebrating life will become very important when the weather is possible,” she predicts in her forecast ‘Blank Page’. Leading designer Raf Simons used the words ‘roaring twenties’ in an interview with Belgian newspaper De Morgen. “If history repeats itself, and it happens more often, we are now in the 1920s. And we all know what the 1920s looked like: an explosion of fashion, going out, sex. It can get very exuberant. It can be dangerously explosive. ” Fashion search engine Lyst also joins the ‘roaring twenties’ team. After a year of sweatpants and practical jackets, Lyst expects a return of extravagance and boldness in fashion complete with bright colors and decorations.
Above: Valentino SS21, Below: Patou SS21, both via Catwalkpictures.com.
Caroline Krouwels, director of Modefabriek, but also creative strategist, entrepreneur and forecaster, indicates that the energy associated with the disappearance of the pandemic can certainly be compared to the ‘roaring twenties’, but it can also be related to the liberated feeling of refer to the sixties. All in all, it will feel like ‘liberation day’, Krouwels told FashionUnited. “The fact is that we will dress up, that we will enjoy that moment for days and nights. That we will again experience the happiness of really dressing for a meeting, a party, an evening in a restaurant. The effect of this lockdown period will also mean that we will no longer completely get into the “suit” but that a combination of convenience and elegance, comfort and luxury with an androgynous and seductive aspect will arise. ”
“Dressing is about who you are, who you are going to see, where you are, in which season, how you feel, but always about the right combination, the silhouette and your personal preference. Fashion is a form of communication, an indication of the time and gives an interpretation to your personality, ”adds Krouwels. “I wish everyone a new year in which we will gently show ourselves to each other again, can meet each other, experience the happiness of getting dressed again and celebrate the real contact with each other in beautiful outfits!”
Top: Dolce Gabbana SS21, Bottom: Lanvin SS21, both via Catwalkpictures.com.
New roaring twenties: What does this mean for fashion?
The explosion of color and decorations predicted by Lyst, for example, is exactly in the vein of a new roaring twenties. However, the decade of the 2020s will look slightly different from 1920. If we rely on predictions for the summer of 2022, the surrealist and sculptural trends that Boland spots lend themselves well to the excesses. Think of floating, almost fluid items that still look very sculptural. The botanical colors also fit perfectly with this in large and pronounced floral prints. Extravagance can of course mean a lot. This may refer to the many decorations that could be seen in the 1920s, but it could also mean an explosion of color that Lyst already predicts. That extravagance, or ‘little puffs of pleasure’ as Edelkoort calls them, are an extra layer on top of the basic collection of brands. “The basic collection is what they earn the money with and the puffs are for the pleasure of the designer and the customer,” the trend forecaster predicts the change in the fashion system.
Because as outlined before, the 1920s also stood for freedom and more comfort. In 2021, the corset can be scrapped again, but the skinny jeans can be burned. What does this craving for comfort that we have all experienced in 2020 mean? How will that affect the fashion of the 2020s?
Roaring Twenties? Eerder Transitioning Twenties
In a telephone conversation with FashionUnited, Boland elaborates on the prediction of the new roaring twenties and makes various comments. “There are several things going on at the same time. Yes, people have a need to dress up again and a need for extravagance, but there are also people who are very scared and start to dress in items that protect them. ” Boland prefers to call the 2020s the ‘transitioning twenties’, with one side indeed the new ‘roaring twenties’, but on the other hand the ‘trembling twenties’.
It is also important to note the need for extravagance. “That means something different for everyone. For one this is an explosion of color, for another it translates to ‘rich materials’ such as wool and cashmere. And the virtualization that we are now seeing? “If you talk about dressing with a nice top but sweatpants underneath, because we are only visible through the frame of a screen, we will soon be fed up with that. But comfort remains important. Then it might be in super cool pants that look beautiful, but also fit fantastic. Comfort is therefore taken to a higher level. ”
Above: Max Mara SS21, Below: Boss SS21, both via Catwalkpictures.com.
Boland also indicates that it is important not to immediately claim a decade. “We should not immediately assume that it will be a new roaring twenties like a hundred years ago. They also came out of a war in addition to a pandemic. In addition, we have a completely different starting point. ” She also indicates that, just like in 1920, there will be a layer of society that can enjoy extreme extravagance, that will invest, but it will also continue to work very hard for a large group of people.
Roaring twenties, swinging sixties, of trembling twenties: Obviously enough is about to happen. As much as people want a crystal ball (When can we cuddle again, when can we go to a restaurant again, when can big weddings take place again?) Everything indicates that one is ready for a change. Boland’s ‘transitioning twenties’ seems like the perfect term for the coming period. It will no longer go back to the old, but what will the future bring? Only time will tell, so stay tuned…
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