Style.com’s Dirk Standen, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine Debate the Future of Fashion-------
The “future of fashion” was the topic last night at the 92Y, where our editor in chief Dirk Standen hosted a panel discussion with Leandra Medine, of Man Repeller fame, and Lizzie Tisch and Kim Kassel, cofounders of Suite 1521, a luxury shopping destination that allows its members to meet up-and-coming designers like Mary Katrantzou, Rodarte, and Creatures of the Wind and shop their collections in an intimate setting. The evening’s wide-ranging discussion took in the pros and cons of fast fashion, the feasibility of wearable technology, and the ever-expanding influence of platforms like Instagram. “If the metric of success was once measured in dollars, in 2014 it’s measured in social following,” noted Medine, who was, it turned out, quoting her dad.
Perhaps the liveliest part of the conversation came after Standen suggested that women were still underrepresented in the ranks of designers and wondered when that would change. “I don’t feel like we have more men than women [designers]. I think we’re divided. But I do find that with men, the skirts are up to here, the pants are a little too long,” said Tisch. “And, well, what about if fabric is itchy? I don’t think [a male designer] cares, but if a woman puts it on, she could be like, ‘Oh, get this off me immediately.’”
The evening concluded with a question from the audience about a more immediate future concern: What one item did the panelists want for fall? Kassel said she was in the market for a cape, while Tisch was on the lookout for a great pair of boots. Medine, meanwhile, had something even more essential on her wish list: “A Vitamix.”