2020 was a crap yr, not just for society but additionally for popular culture.
You’d suppose that in a yr the place we had been all determined for a little bit of distraction that we’d have seen a proliferation; a flourishing of tradition. Not so: we had been cursed with horrible movies like Dolittle and The Very Wonderful Mr Dundee; terrible songs like Justin Bieber’s nauseating Yummy and the hilarious but repetitive WAP; and had been fully bereft of something fascinating when it got here the world of vogue.
To be truthful, 2020 was a tough year for the fashion industry, but it surely’s a disgrace that probably the most thrilling factor a designer put out was Virgil Abloh with his hideous ‘Project Geländewagen’. And that was a automobile, not a cool summer time assortment.
So what’s the following frontier in type as we collectively shuffle, like a horde of breathless zombies, into 2021? If some jokers on the Web would lead you to consider, the following massive type development will see us strip right down to leather-based underwear and ditch our Fiat 500s for blood-soaked technicals, à la Mad Max. It’d be a change of tempo, not less than.
Whereas we’re not so eager to go full ‘Lord Humungous’, you must admit that Mel Gibson appeared fairly f*cking killer in these movies. We wouldn’t thoughts rolling round in a 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Hardtop ‘Pursuit Particular’, both.
However perhaps there’s some fact to the joke. On the one hand, we’ve obtained a plague ravaging the globe, a world in financial disaster, and conspiracy theorists swarming the United States Capitol. The dystopia’s mainly right here anyway.
Alternatively, you had manufacturers like Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela and Marine Serre parading types that had been little greater than mil-spec leather-based underwear down Paris and Shanghai’s catwalks in 2020. Male fashions are already emaciated: simply give them some shotguns or chain them to the bonnet of an SUV and we’re fairly shut to creating the Web’s Mad Max vogue fantasies develop into actuality.
We simply hope we get a vaccine quickly, so we don’t have to begin carrying desert marauder stylish with a purpose to be cool.
It’s not the one humorous filmic coincidence that’s obtained the Web atwitter. Landmark 1998 anime Akira depicted a post-apocalyptic ‘Neo Tokyo’ holding an Olympic Video games in 2020. In fact, the real-life Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been cancelled… A disgrace, actually. It will have been cool to have purple leather-based jackets (and psychic powers) develop into de rigueur.