Uh-Oh. Trouble is on the horizon. Look what I've just seen:
Isabel Marant and Michael Kors. Catwalk images via Style.com.
Chicken-legged Anja says tie-dye is back. Are you worried? I am. Last time I wore tie-dye I looked like this:
No really, I did. But this is Chelsea Clinton. The fabric of dirty hippies has made a (seemingly) triumphant return to the catwalk and, frightening for me, to the stores. Ye Gads, we were so into it in the 90s we used to dye it ourselves. My friends and I would go to each other's house and undertake mass tie-dyeing sessions - much to the horror of our mother's clean washing machines and soup pots. The problem with the dye we used is that there was a lot of it in one packet. It seemed a waste to tie-dye just one item. So in would go socks, underwear, T-shirts, jeans, even pillowcases. For 10 years of my life my entire world was smattered with tie dye. You can understand why I never want to see another ring-dyed object again, no?
But here we are:
From left to right, top to toe: TEXTILE by Eliabeth & James, Therese Rawsthorne, Topshop, Patterson J Kincaid, Topshop and Messeca.
They're even doing the bloody shoes! Methinks the fashion designers have had the same dyeing problem as me - "The freakin packets are too big! We gotta dye some more! Throw those T-shirts in! And those jeans! Ah feck it, do the shoes too!"
So you get my drift - I'm freaking out. How about you? Lacking a bit of hippie in your life? I'm just waiting for the bloody stuff to arrive at Supre in Lycra mini-dress versions. It won't be long, trust me: $19.99 and your daughters will all be baby hippies folks!
But enough of my pessimist attitude. If you really want to try this trend then I'll do my job and tell you how. Two words. Acid Surf.
Proenz Schouler. Those kids got it right in 2010.
Think rugged beach babe, made modern by sport-inspired neon accents. Got it? What I'm saying is freshen up your tie-dye, people, 2012 is no longer the time for purple velvet and lace. So take chosen tie-dye garment and mix it up with clean and crisp sport-inspired accents. Think neoprene garments, metallic or neon accessories, crispy sporty heels like the ones worn up there or here.
So...verdict? I want to hear your thoughts. Do you love this trend or will you be taking a giant side step? What were you tye-dying in the 90s?
My jugular is pulsating with the stress of all this. I have to go.
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