It makes sense that Industrial Chic has come back into fashion in this age of economic insecurity with the middle class fading into the working class. The fashions are a form of solidarity with labor – the use of metals, the hard and soft fabrics, the utilitarian forms and simple silhouettes all avoid blinged out conspicuous consumption in favor of working class colors and practicality. But it’s chic, so there are details that elevate it from banality, details like the inset leather sleeves in this top from House of Fox.
As you can see, the forms are simple, the colors muted shades of industry and production, the details tend to suggest fabrication and steampunk aesthetics. This all suggests solidarity with the working class – whose numbers are growing as the middle class shrinks.
Even the hair has an industrial aesthetic, the barrettes are steel instead of silver, their form utilitarian, but then the repetition of three elevates them again to something sophisticated and special while maintaining their industrial materials and shape.
Accessories such as this collar and the earrings also suggest industry with the metal studs and chains. This is the fashion for a shifting and insecure economy – which goes to show that no matter what is happening in the world, fashion has something to say.
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