Trends come and trends go – well, at least some do. This aspect of life and pop culture is especially true when it comes to fashion where what is in today is not necessarily in tomorrow. That said, to get a grip on what sartorial statements will continue from 2014 into 2015, prominent Los Angeles-based designer Maggie Barry gives her most salient soothsaying concepts.
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Owner of and mastermind behind m8 urban, Maggie Barry has set up an appointment-only shop so her clients can continue to get the goods that she so cleverly has been custom designing since the late 1980s. The ultra creative Barry has dressed many of Hollywood’s most flamboyant performers, including “Lady GaGa, Cher, David Lee Roth and Katy Perry.” Maggie says, “I have been in the fashion business for more than two decades now. I’ve studied it and I’ve lived it. Made it for others and for myself. It has been an ongoing journey with many a [memorable] story.”
Flannel is a fabric Maggie Barry embraces as a huge trend for 2014. This style expert says, “Beyonce started it, grunge never forgot it, and now the two ways of wearing it are fused.” She adds, “This trend lingers with the oncoming, wanton need for punk. It will mingle with the street vibe and carry with it the nuances of the grunge and punk scenes from the 90s and early 80s respectively.” As far as the future of clothing made of flannel? Barry says this fabric is definitely going to carry on as a staple in 2015 — “redesigned and explored to the hilt!”
On Level Ground
Swapping the designer stilettos, except on specific occasions, for a pair of flats has been a trend worthwhile if only to save your feet from absolute heartbreak. Maggie contends, “I have seen the slow elimination of the super-high, stacked (Kardashian-style) heel,” adding that “daintier, creative heels, and slightly platformed flats have creeped into the market.” The expert with the keen eye states that this switchover includes retro shoes known as Creepers as well as flat boots, both styles of which became “more common” in 2014. Barry says these changes follow “the predominant trend of designer sneaks. With all the big specialty departments stores dedicating their shoe departments to this particular active footwear, it follows suit that low profile shoes are now a mainstay that will step forward into the new year — and fashion will happily follow.”
A Leggy Option
The year 2014 showed women exposing leg, lots of leg. Barry recalls, “You saw hemlines get as short as could be without the darn garment being clarified as a top. I loved it! The trend could be seen in tunic dresses, hot shorts and flirty circle skirts. And with such a short hemline, the waistband emphasis inched up to the true waist, giving a bit of a retro look to the new desired balance.” So, as Maggie puts it, ” Will this year’s trend segue into next year?” She answers, “Yes, I think so. The look will be modified a bit for colder months with opaque stockings and textured hose,” noting, “The leggy look will continue and move forward into the bohemian looks moving forward [as well].”
You know that look. It’s called the drop crotch and Maggie Barry contends this is a style you either love or hate. She states, “… either way, this was a strong fashion statement for 2014.” The designer herself created the drop crotch mainly for her men’s line called M8 Urban. She says, ” The look lent an international silhouette to the usual slack or jean. Draped from the waist and ‘riding low’ on the hips, [this style came off] as relaxed as well as elegant.” Barry says, “I think this option has almost become a mainstay for men looking for a fresh change in their wardrobe. Going forward [the drop crotch] pant will be modified and/or parred down a bit. But for sure, you will see this style in 2015.”
Seventh Inning Stretch
According to sartorially savvy Maggie Barry, the baseball vibe has taken the fashion industry by storm this past year in the forms of hats and jackets. She says, “They were everywhere, in all combinations — leather and wool, sequins and jersey, satin and graphics.” Barry points out, “Katy Perry wore her satin jacket with twin lions. American Apparel manufactured baseball jackets alongside their popular cotton separates. I made these garments for my men’s line called M8 urban and for my women’s line called Maggie Barry in assorted combinations of sequins and sheer mesh panels and leather.” Maggie reports, “Everyone had fun exploring their inner selves with the message board on a baseball hat..” via added accoutrements such as faux fur, profanities and spikey studs. As for 2015, when asked if the trend will fade in 2015, this savvy soothsayer says, “Nah.” In fact, Maggie Barry believes this trend is here to stay with “the baseball jacket” becoming what she dubs “the modern cardigan.”
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