Depressive Chic

Dark, torn and gloomy couture to reflect the tough economy

Implications - Wallowers in the hardship of the recession are allowing their depressed moods to be reflected in their fashion choices. Designers are catering to the desire to express feelings of economic despair, using dark colors, torn fabrics and a derelict attitude--some seriously, others in mockery.
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Gloomy Fashion Illustrations - Cassandra Rhodin's Watercolors Mix 1920s Style and Sadness
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Warm 325,733 Clicks Pub: Jan 17, 09
Gloomy Fashion Illustrations
Cassandra Rhodin's Watercolors Mix 1920s Style and Sadness
It seems that illustrators are going mad for watercolors these days. These lovely, enigmatic black-and-white drawings and watercolor illustrations are made by Swedish fashion illustrator Cassandra Rhodin.… [More]
Military Jackets & Distressed Jeans - D & G Go Wilde with Men's Fall Collection
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Warm 112,396 Clicks Pub: Jan 22, 09
Military Jackets & Distressed Jeans
D & G Go Wilde with Men's Fall 2009 Collection
While they splashed their mostly conservative Men’s Fall 2009 runway with a bit of color for their main Dolce & Gabbana collection, the Italian duo went with a military vibe and a nod to Oscar Wilde in… [More]
Ripped Denim Revivals - Runways and Sidewalks See Resurgence of Torn '90s Jeans
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Warm 23,445 Clicks Pub: Dec 14, 08
Ripped Denim Revivals
Runways and Sidewalks See Resurgence of Torn '90s Jeans
Although reminiscent of punk, safety pins, spiky hair and The Sex Pistols, the ripped jeans look is a brilliantly cool look to bust out when you are in a Gothic mood. Perhaps after spending a week with… [More]
Hobo Glam - Diesel Black Gold Fall Show Mixed Frumpy Streetwear With Sparkle
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Mild 18,085 Clicks Pub: Feb 19, 09
Hobo Glam
Diesel Black Gold Fall 2009 Show Mixed Frumpy Streetwear With Sparkle
The Diesel Black Gold Fall 2009 collection at New York fashion week was a collision of two opposing trends: the glamorous glitz of sequins reminiscent of the roaring 20s and the heroine-chic look iconic… [More]
Depressing Recession Fashion - Obscur Spring/Summer Clothing for Dark and Gloomy Days
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Mild 13,875 Clicks Pub: Jan 9, 09
Depressing Recession Fashion
Obscur SS 2009 Clothing for Dark and Gloomy Days
Swedish designer Richard Söderberg’s Obscur S/S 2009 collection says, "I feel dark and gloomy," to me, which no doubt is exactly how many people are feeling right now with the worldwide recession.  The… [More]
Runway Recessionwear - Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Models Strut in Household Couture
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Mild 14,226 Clicks Pub: Feb 1, 09
Runway Recessionwear
Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Models Strut in Household Couture
Hair combs, paper towels and brightly-colored strings and straws are all elements in the Spring 2009 Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal collection. One of the standout pieces is a tasseled dress made entirely… [More]
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