There’s been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about how NY Fashion Week this season were a retailer’s dream – simple, wearable silhouettes; easy,...

There’s been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about how NY Fashion Week this season were a retailer’s dream – simple, wearable silhouettes; easy, uncontroversial color palette; sophisticated, beautiful styling. And it’s true. Compared to the past few seasons’ esoteric offerings, this year’s was eminently more accessible (read: sellable). But there has to be something else, some other reason behind the designers’ creations. In the search for that deeper meaning, I’ve come up with the following theories about the season’s biggest trends:Gloves and Pockets, Hoods and HatsThe developed world has a lot to be ashamed about lately, hence the hoods and hats, which allow us to hide from judgment. At the same time, the feeling of guilt for recent social, political, and environmental atrocities is pervasive, if not widely acknowledged, in our society. Gloves, which this season came all the way up over the elbows, and the recurring vision of hands shoved into pockets, both demonstrate our deepest desire to wash our hands of all the blood.  

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