Runway Fashion Appears at Miramonte

M. Neuburger

Madeline Neuburger

At Miramonte High School, hallways serve as the birthplace for fashion trends.

Whether it’s the newest men’s Adidas shoes, or the newest innovation in a woman’s lace shirt, on the high school level, all these trends begin with their recognition in the common place of school.

However, no article of clothing, no matter how generic or mainstream the brand, was contrived without any prior influence.
While we high school students are inspired to buy what we see in popular stores, such as Urban Outfitters, Free People, JCrew, and American Eagle Outfitters, where are their own trends set?

What inspires these stores to produce what inspires our personal trends?

The answer can be found at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Bryant Park, New York,which takes place every fall. During fashion week a menagerie of well known and up-and -coming designers unveil their collections, leading to the inspiration of the trends that we see every day.

At Fashion Week, the best and most innovative designers reveal their new seasonal collections. These collections are boiled down to their key concepts and then made mainstream over the next few months for the common consumer.

The couture runway garment begins as a concept; a form of art which holds a multitude of ideas that will later be streamlined.

While the outfits and garments that set the trends for the common person’s wardrobe are surely too far over the top for most people’s comfort, it’s the runway clothing that makes the heart of the next trend most clear. For the Spring/Summer 2010 season, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Michael Kors, Diane VonFurstenburg and Marc Jacobs set the trends that can be seen in their diluted forms throughout the hallways of our school. At McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2010 fashion show, models decked out in vivid prints, geometric and modern cuts, and 11 inch heeled flat faced or steel toed boots stomped down the runway.

Today, in the midst of spring, around seven months after the show, McQueen’s influence can be seen in the vast majority of Free People’s shoe collection.

Jacobs’ and VonFurstenburg’s key designs for spring and summer 2010 can be found in their mainstream form at Free People as well.

Free People has created many high waisted or waist fitted, yet otherwise loose fitting garments featuring intricate and natural prints, long loose fitting jumpers, and large, complex necklaces for their spring clothing lines. All of which designs derived from the parent concepts seen at Jacobs’, VonFurstenburg’s and McQueen’s shows.

Many of the shapes and cuts of the common consumer’s wardrobe this spring are influenced by Michael Kors. Kors’ use of zippers and modern, geometric cuts, and especially his use of bandage cuts along rectangular piecing that can be seen in many of the skirts and straps of Miramonte students’ daily apparel.

Also popular among the female population of Miramonte is floral prints and lace. These two trends were derived from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2010, which featured lanky, fresh looking models in delicate, ruffled or lace blouses, blazers, and short flowing floral skirts.

These three trends have all been adapted into the styles and garments at Free People, JCrew, Anthropologie, and Urban Outfitters.

The next fad likely to hit Miramonte? Clogs. Also started by Chanel in their Spring/Summer 2010 collection, natural leather and wooden clogs are now appearing all over mainstream stores’ shoe collections, such as, of course, Free People.

Overall, natural prints mixed with modern cuts and zippers are appearing all over our campus. Thanks to the parent designs that were thought of by the most elite designers of the industry, who know clothing as art, we have a wide selection of their modified designs in our current wardrobes.