Vintage 70's skirt from estatesale @ etsy
Felt cloche by RetroReproHandmade @ Etsy
Wanaka necklace by Muntedkowhai @ etsy
Oxidized matte finish fine silver headpins by RockisSupplies @ etsy
Vintage buttons by secondglance @ etsy
Monsters v-neck t-shirt by luchaworkshop @ etsy
Bill Cunningham recently discussed the preponderance of gray clothing among attendees at New York Fashion Week, which I thought was interesting because I've been into gray lately myself. I wrote earlier that it is because I think gray as utilitarian and flattering as black, but this particular non-color shows off details better in clothing (and if you are wearing something loose, keeps you from looking like a big, black blob).
In his slideshow, Cunningham attributes the current gray trend to the "hocus pocus" of "all the designers go to the same fabrics shows and if the fabric makers have decided on gray, that's what it is and that's how these things happen." This made me wonder how much trends have to do with the fashion zeitgeist and how much it has to do with industry groupthink. By fashion zeitgeist, I mean people responding in roughly similar ways to world events or political-social waves and dressing accordingly. I attribute my own love of gray in part to my response to the economic crisis. It's practical, it's comforting and while it reflects a little of the gloom a lot of people feel right now, it's not as severe as black. I wonder if other people have picked up on gray for the same reason. When I saw industry groupthink, however, I don't mean it disparagingly. Obviously, trendmakers are human beings, too.
Jessica of What I Wore recently linked to the Pantone Color Report for fall and, as you can see, Iron (Pantone 18-306 is one of the top colors). I think grays would look really nice paired with rich golden yellows, amethyst purples and warm, bright corals. I've seen some pastel/gray couplings, but I don't think those look as nice -- the result usually just look too washed out.