Fashion Trends get a Belted Shape

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I often wonder how trends get shaped. What is the driving force behind them? Do they emerge from the germ of an idea conceived by an authority in the field, such as fashion designers, and then adopted by a growing number of followers? Or perhaps it is the complete opposite: cultural changes and audience preferences prompt fashion leaders to create the models and inspiration which they then reflect back to their fans. Fashion is essentially the most popular mode of expression. This is especially true nowadays when there are endless means for everyone to speak their minds and almost no boundaries for information flow. It is no surprise, therefore, that it provokes the question of which comes first, fashion designers showcasing their designs in runway shows or creative individuals spreading their ideas via the technological tools sitting in the palm of their hands?

One of the new designs presented in the recent New York Fashion Week by not one but several designers have made me rethink this question. Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Jason Wu and Sally LaPointe are but a few of the designers who added a twist to their styles by adding a belt on top of a jacket or a coat. It is an example of an adding an element that doesn’t necessarily change your style but just gives a hint of diversification to a classic look. I really like this extra touch, and the fact that it has already been spotted in the street styles of this week's attendees, as can be seen in the images below, may suggest a trend that is here to stay, at least for the time being. Enjoy the inspiration. You may want to consider giving it a try…

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