Industry Issues: Fashion as a Spectator Sport & the Fall 2015 Season

Fashion journalists have been writing their Fall 2015 recaps over the past week. The final analysis? The season was pretty much uninspiring.

At issue are two things: that little of what's being shown is actually new (or, as Robin Givhan put it, "Few designers have been able to breath life into a dream. Few have even tried."), and that the shows have become less about design, and more about styling (see Cathy Horyn and Angela Flaccavento).

The importance of image-making and new media (like Instagram) are definitely one reason fashion is changing. But I think it’s also because it has become a spectator sport. Just like the Hollywood red carpet, the seasonal runway shows are less about business - buyers and editors - and more about which celebrities are at which shows, who's sitting in the front row, did the designer create a scene or have a backdrop, etc.

There's just so much noise.

Add to it the sheer volume of product, the outdated delivery schedules and mediocre design, and it just multiplies the issues fashion is facing. Here’s to hoping we’ll see better and more inspired design for Spring 2016 the next time the fashion circus goes on the road.