Fall's Fashion Design Trend: Oversized for Everyone


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by Marianne Salina
Fashion School Review Columnist

October 20, 2006


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The slouch has recently crept into our clothing and very few are heard complaining about this cozy trend. During fashion week in New York this year, the fall preview highlighted designers' unanimous interest in drawing away from body-hugging fashion and apparel and instead paying far more attention to structure and design. Marc Jacobs' introduced huge sweaters that swallow the wearer in lush softness and skirts and trousers that drape and cascade over ones' legs. Cozy is comfortable and apparently comfort is in.

Fashion and Apparel: Design that Moves
Fashion week highlighted the recent shifts in apparel that have grown from silhouette focused to oversized pieces with contours and shapes that shield the body. Bubble skirts, exaggerated hoods, knitted collars that form a sheath around the neck--these are the looks that fashion design consumers are finding the perfect solution to a cozier existence.

What Inspires a Trend?
It's hard enough finding ways to promote comfort and warmth in our lives, let alone within our wardrobes. With hectic schedules and turbulent worldwide events evoking stress and concern, fashion designers like Marc Jacobs found inspiration in the structure, fabric, and movement of a garment and how it might offer a sense of refuge to its wearer.

Fashion Design School--Concepts and Theories
The return to simpler forms and structures is one that requires a solid understanding of the theories behind fashion design. This flexibility as a designer is best attained under the careful guidance of fashion design school professors. Not only will a fashion design degree assist you in gaining momentum as a designer, you will also have the necessary tools to adapt and contribute to the movements that shape fashion history.

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"Living Large" by Kate Williams, Nylon Magazine

About the Author
Marianne Salina is a freelance writer in Spokane, Washington. She writes about pursuits in education and degree opportunities.

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