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FASHION VALUE CHAIN

From oversize shirting to ballooned silhouettes and a continuation of the puff sleeve trend, dresses and tops will retain their volume through the end of the year.Giant gowns full of layers, feathering hemlines, poofs, ruffles, pleats galore, and more (if that’s even possible) are meant to make a huge impact. Fashion is often used for making a statement, and a voluminous silhouette is one way to do it. This trend speaks to the maximalists and embraces the more is more mantra.Beyond that, voluminous silhouettes represent creating a presence and taking up space to create meaning.

This trend included all elements, including fabrics, embellishments, and sewing techniques that create a voluminous result. Other styles amping up the volume include balloon tops, pleated rompers, and gathered mini dresses. Don’t forget about adding peplum elements and strategic draping to achieve maximum volume. To layer it up Fabric’s like poplintulletaffeta,  woolsatin, and denim are used. Voluminous silhouettes are much more wearable when paired with elements that provide balance, like a tube top and a full skirt or a strong top with softer pants. There have been times in the past when voluminous garments captivated the ­fashion-loving public, and they often followed a period of economic shock or came from the creation of new technologies.People are expressing themselves more than ever and feel free to wear what they want. And wearing big, oversized pieces means you create a certain aura and presence. It can also be read as denoting power, a concept that designers continue to grapple with. Wearing big clothes is assertive, a way of taking up space. 

IRENE JAMES