As I was flicking through the FW16 runways, with the fruition of a 6 year old inside a candy shop, eyes glued to the screen of my iPad, I realized how one of my favourite trends was starting to fade off. Although it is still very present on the collections, its novelty and gloss has turned into a boring monotony; such as the numb, almost painful feel left after sucking on a jawbreaker for far too long. Due to overexposure, no more do our eyes awe at the look of collarbones, or do our heads turn at the beat of the subtle skin exposure, or do our thumbs stop at the image of a fragile shoulder. Now that the off the shoulder trend has trickled down to the masses, it is losing its glow.
However, as the industry has it, new shiny trends are slowly picking up. One in particular caught my eye, not because I liked it, but because I didn’t. I will call it the One Arm trend (not one shoulder because the new silhouette literally covers one arm.) I saw it first on Self-Portrait, and thought it was horrendous. I hated the fact that the one sleeve was not only super large, but also contrasted the skin-tone with the rest of the colourful top. When I saw it at Rodarte, Herve Leger, and by the time I stumbled upon it at Giambattista Valli, I was actually into it! It is kind of a weird one, considering you have one bare arm, and the other one fully covered. But when you think about it, at night, what we sometimes need to get our temperatures right is to bundle one leg under our blankets, and set the other one free.
Gigi Hadid already dipped into the one arm trend with a Jonathan Simkhai nude dress, and what do you know? She looked amazing! Maybe this will be one of those trends that will slowly grow on us like the Mexican sweet & spicy tamarind candies – at the beginning you find them repelling, not what you expected, but little by little you grow accustomed to its taste until you get to the sweet core, and wow does it blow your mind!