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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Male Job Hunting Fashion
Male Job Hunting Fashion
Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 Men's Runway Looked Like Wallstreet
The Fall 2009 Louis Vuitton men's Paris show could well have been a catwalk interpretation of the economic crisis. Men in suits, briefcases in hand, walked the runways looking somewhat scruffy, their expressions… MORE
Shades of Charcoal For Men
Shades of Charcoal For Men
Couture Straight from the Fall 2009 Runways of Milan
Gentlemen, it seems black and grey are always in fashion. Seen in the gallery, and described in more detail below, are Wallpaper Magazine’s most wanted fashion menswear looks straight from the runways… MORE
Designer Budget Tips
Designer Budget Tips
Vivienne Westwood's Tips on Penny-Pinching Style
Vivienne Westwood is using her S/S ‘09 range to reinforce her recession-beating fashion tips to us all.  Vivienne gave us the following tips to keep us all looking like the style fashionistas we deserve… MORE

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