During the menswear shows we witnessed traditional pieces such as granny's crochet squares coming back on J.W. Anderson's A/W 17 runway. Yet this trend is not the only one that, come next year, will be imported from your granny's home.
In yesterday's post we saw indeed Raf Simons borrowing from the plastic couch cover and layering a plastic sheet on coats and dresses in his first collection for Calvin Klein (but maybe, rather than getting inspired by granny trends he was busy channelling Margiela's A/W 2012 collection that, as you may remember, featured sequined Oriental carpet designs covered in clear plastic capes - View this photo).
But the most cringing trend so far came courtesy of Jeremy Scott: his catwalk show opened with a pair of pants followed by a mini-dress with images of Jesus and of Raphael's Madonna della Seggiola (Scott must have discovered that there is no copyright on religious icons or that the copyright for certain paintings has expired...).
Scott took inspiration from fame, icons and worshipping in his A/W 17 collection, but these religious images applied to trousers, mini-dresses, tops and even boots, at times reinvented in acid colours, came from sofa rugs filtered via Dolce & Gabbana's A/W 13 menswear collection (sadly, Scott doesn't read this site, otherwise he would have discovered from a previous post how to get inspired by Roman Catholicism in a balanced and less ridiculous way...).
Now, while there is always space for crochet squares in fashion (they may not be new, but they never went out of fashion) and plastic had great applications in the fashion industry for decades, the religious sofa rug remains a rather tacky inspiration (well, Scott is the king of everything tacky after all...) that Scott may have borrowed and remixed from the designs created by Salina Zazueta-Beltrán's Mujerista Market label.
Yet, while Zazueta-Beltrán's clothes reinvent Catholic and Mexican iconography, Scott's designs will make the wearer look as if they made their garments with the sofa from the Father Ted set.
Expect more trends deriving from your granny's house and in particular from vintage sofas to reappear in the next few weeks on a runway near you. In the meantime, you can still anticipate these styles by being crafty and creating collages with bits and pieces of tapestry or, if you're really really lazy, don't bother doing anything at all, but proudly sport coffee stains and cigarette holes on your garments. They may not be elegant solutions, but they will still look like credible "sofa inspirations".