On August 15th, Li Edelkoort will give a seminar called “AW19-20 ENLIGHTENMENT” at The Townhouse on 354 W 11th St, New York, NY. Here follows a brief description of the topics that will be discussed. Tickets are available here.
Today, as far as November the sun keeps shining, prolonging summer in our minds and choices. What was once baptized as Indian Summer becomes a reality and is here to stay, inviting people to dress and eat differently,to colour life in other ways, celebrating warmth and tenderness as the one positive side effect of climate change. Ice creams are enjoyed later, country weekends are prolonged, and light fibres such as cotton and silks are chosen longer. People start layering lighter weight materials, are wild about cardigans and covers, and wear winter sandals. They start choosing colour over darks; gradually changing the mantra of chromophobia. Slowly, marketing’s irrational fear of colour fades to make room for whiter neutrals, lighter neutrals and tinted neutrals, as well as washed brights, medium brights and vivid brights to ritualise the summery autumns and mild winters that are here to stay.
Never before have people felt so pummelled and abandoned. The need for togetherness is growing and the void is filled with animals, friends, food and films. Meditation is governing our creative emotions as yoga is stretching our imagination. Switching off becomes a survival system, producing altered states of consciousness, empowering people to exist. Fashion is at the forefront of this thoughtful evolution, creating a balance between simplicity and generous opulence, inspired by the cloth and clothes from diverse spiritual journeys to stop the stream of no-news news and overdone drops, to bring content and context to garments that are designed to help us simply be. Fashion demands another approach to heal our planet and cure our shopping sprees. Conscious consumption will become the norm for the next generation, born and bred in a world in crisis.