Roisin Gorman’s Open Letter… on trends

When science fiction predicted silver futuristic fashion, not one of them thought to include a big cardie or sensible scarf

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This year, I’ll mostly be wearing the same as last year. But it is important to know what trends I’ll be completely ignoring.

After years of working out what suits and what works — mainly blues and jeans with an occasional foray into red, it’s a rollercoaster — fashion trends are for the uber-rich who can afford to have a ‘last season’ and the super young who are skinny enough to get away with fast fashion.

And the highly creative people who slave over a hot mood board crafting in meticulous detail a garment which they’ll call something unintelligible like ‘ballet punk vintage Lycra’ really don’t want a customer who asks, ‘have you got that in a 14?’

Even those designers are being left behind by TikTok, where trends are created, loved and derided within a week.

Last year it gave us ‘frazzled Englishwoman’, coined by an Australian fashion mag and essentially a Helena Bonham Carter of a style, with mismatched colours, scarves, long skirts and messy hair. It helps to be a bit posh because otherwise you just looked frazzled.

Its direct opposite, ‘Barbiecore’ had its moment in the sun in anything tiny, skinny and glam — or the entire wardrobe of Love Islandevery year.

Things veered towards the more polished and slightly older with ‘coastal grandmother’, which was basically Diane Keaton in every movie she’s made since turning 40 but beside the sea, with hydrangeas and billowing-but-flattering white linen and scarves.

Coastal grandmother is, it’s claimed, to be updated for this year with ‘folklore grandma’ in layers, knits, and slippers. Now that’s an idea I could embrace. The only thing missing is a big bad wolf and a young girl rocking a red riding hood.

When science fiction predicted shiny and silver futuristic fashion, not one of them thought to include a big cardie and a sensible scarf.

Romcomcore is ready and waiting around the corner in 2023, which is any look that ever featured in a Richard Curtis film. So if you can get away with a floral mini dress and DMs, prepare to shine. It’s also slip dresses, cargo pants and tiny tops — or Jennifer Aniston in Friends.

The solid fashion predictions for the next 12 months then veer into ‘have you lost your actual mind’ territory with bubble hems, tassels and feathers with everything — leather, gothic, punk, bows, pink and purple, all at once if you’re fearless.

The most dangerous idea there is purple, which at a certain age stops being queenly and powerful and shuffles over into Miss Marple lilac.

There are also murmurs about double denim, which pops up regularly, most recently on Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz. Everyone agrees it’s awful, and we forget about it again until next year.

While fashion gets bigger and anyone who’s bought a bubble hem gets to wear it for a week before it looks ridiculous, beauty is to get smaller according to the trend predictors.

Fringes will be barely there, and talon nails — which surely make an everyday task a challenge — are to be chopped down to small nails, or just ‘nails’, as they’re also known.

In interiors, the front door is the new back garden, which frankly sounds rude.

And the nice colour trend predictors at Pantone who gave us the ‘courageous presence’ of Very Peri in 2022, have announced this year it’s all about Viva Magenta. But have you got that in a 14?


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