From Ralph Lauren to Calvin Klein,
a redefinition of the mod fashion
and Japanese minimalism
By Jim Yuan Zhou
For most designers, timeless appeal is always a goal given the short-lived nature in the fashion community. 2014 is bound to be a year of mod style. Originated in London and based on the Modernism culture of the late 1950s to late 1960s, mod fashion is decidedly modern by definition; wild, graphic prints and bold colors are its signature. For instance, during the spring-summer 2014 shows of New York Fashion Week, Ralph Lauren’s theme is purely mod – contrast collars, simple shift dresses, some of which are mods clothes’ most popular style. The design is clean, simple silhouette, a sense of Japanese minimalism, which is definitely essential to make a good street gent!
The mod fashion in 60s is an interesting period to reflect on, along with hippies and rockers, mod style emerged from a group of young crowd. Youth are expressive, they tend to be different from each other, standing out and being unique, the combination of simplicity and uniqueness in the mod world brings us a sense of confidence that is juts immeasurable. The rise of the mod culture in the streets is not only striking but also contemplative. For instance, I have always thought that a dark colored tailed suit makes all men looks completely desirable. For any man, character and personal aspiration are best represented in a perfectly tailed dark suits, and the question is why?
The mod style shares a sense of Japanese minimalism. Japanese minimalism adds a modern touch on the mod ‘s simple silhouette. After all, we are in 2014 now! Designers are keen on bringing 2014 into the mod world. There are no more three buttons. Instead, a single-button design adds a timeless touch. Calvin Klein’s 2014 spring collection has brought minimalism to a new level. Designer Francisco Costa continued Calvin Klein’s traditional style- minimalism, but added extra raw edges, loose fringes to challenge the concept of the label’s signature style. After all, it is all about small details of garment makes you different and look stylish.
Fashion is not an independent idea, your outfit will always reflect places, neighborhoods, offices where you have lived and worked. As you are thinking about your new 2014 Wardrobe, and guessing the upcoming trend, take a break and think about instead this question: “ What is your style?” Only in this way, you know where you want to go, your direction, your purpose, and have a vision of your own.
The mod culture teachers a good lesson by looking back, revolution does not come from those privileged runway shows, the creativity and aspiration come from the streets and reflections on tradition! Living in New York City offers a wealth of garment options that few other cities can do. You can wear an unstructured blazer without any shirts, or well-tailed suits with amazing structure. The beauty in the ordinary people sometimes nonetheless serves to shape the future of the fashion community.