Minimalist fashion. “Less is more.” is the main idea of minimalist fashion. Minimalism is a philosophy of dressing that has endured for decades, and is probably best recognized today by the general public through the fashion houses of Jil Sander, Balenciaga, and Calvin Klein. Calvin Klein really has captured the minimalist movement in America during the 1990s. While the clothes are simple and have a reduction on color pallet, there is a very sexual and grunge feel to his designs.
Simple, function, and original are the key components to describe minimalism. Clean lines, functionality have always been hallmarks of the style. It depends as the mainstream fashion of 90s, Calvin Klein and ` are the well-known examples for minimalistic style. They create easy clothes for modern women which use executed cut to emphasize shape and neutral color are the major color tone.
90s fashion has re-emerged the black and white palette prevalently as a defining duo on todays’ runways. The all-white look is another 90’s favorite look which is impacting a rise in neutrals in today’s fashion as well. Minimalism is also a catalyst for the rise of activewear influences. This trend introduces the bandeau and sports bra tops, bomber jackets and racerback details in high fashion collections during that era and it returns to runways and streets today.
Sheer is a key material during the minimalist movement. It emerges in a wide range of applications, from an overlay to a full garment. The trend for transparency keeps to continue as a focus of designer collections every since then. Besides sheer fabrics, metallic materials also bring the interest to the sparse shapes of the era. It is a trend that reflects in the rave culture and bridging the grunge musician and the fans. Reflective has returned on recent runway and also on current streets with a range of metal.
Crop top is the most democratic garment that connecting the movements of minimalist, grunge, hip-hop and R&B culture and turning up on everyone from Mariah Carey and Spice Girls to the top fashion icons. Another defining looks to emerge from minimalist era is the idea of underwear as outerwear. Camisoles and slip dresses were introduced to the market and it became a quintessential of the 90s in contemporary fashion.
Minimalism style is much more than a trend, it becomes a zeitgeist. Designers such as Stella McCartney follows the suit with pragmatic tailoring in neutral palettes, Alexander Wang starts to show pared-down activewear in black, white and grey. Even Victoria Beckham turns to strict silhouettes from the bling wave. Minimalism never goes away. Shapes are plain, femininity is the leader, Color and sculpted shapes speak louder than extra decorative accessories.