Fashion has enjoyed, and often later lamented, it’s synergistic bond with the art world over the last century. From the Cubist motifs of Art Deco era dress to the Minimalist expression that exposed itself in clothing two decades after the movement ended, art and fashion have proven themselves to be less strange bedfellows and more passionate lovers who occasionally don’t get along. Whether art or fashion serves as the catalyst is of note, as fashion driven by art is almost always inspired while the alternative brings to mind the late 70’s/early 80’s Patrick Nagel atrocities which still somehow manage to find wall space in the instant time warp of style deprived neighborhood hair salons everywhere.
Youngsters can size up the back-to-school shopping trend in three words: Wear It Now. Teens and preteens are looking for the immediate shopping gratification of purchasing clothing they can wear right now. “A good idea for parents is to split the back-to-school budget into summer and fall shopping trips,” suggests T.J. Maxx Fashion Spokesperson Laura McDowell. “Stock up on the trends for warmer weather now and then later add the sweaters, sweatshirts and other heavier items as the weather changes.”