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FASHION 87 : Forecast: Reason Prevails as the '80s Dress Down

January 02, 1987|DIANE REISCHEL | Times Staff Writer

Nineteen eighty-seven will be about ethics. Not Hula-Hoops, new dances, rock stars or clothes.

Some people from a variety of professions were asked to predict: "Who or what will set the trends in the late '80s?" Their verdict: Don't expect frivolous times ahead.

In '87, things are out, thinkers are in. The influence of scientists, artists and architects will widen, changing assumptions about what their roles should be. The solution will matter more than the source. Many will adopt a global rather than national mind-set. Responsibility will be a good word.

Family and monogamy will rate high. So will quality fast-food--to give us a smidgen more time. We'll want clothes that look worldly, that somehow make us appear a little richer. Because in our video-steeped society, we'll still flirt with having it all.

Some comments:

Antonio Lopez, fashion artist:

"The new ethnic groups in this country, like the Koreans and Indians, will be the big fashion influence. People used to get their inspiration from royalty. Now it's the opposite. Fashion comes from the street. When immigrants come to this country, they're so curious and they're not afraid to mix things. They have their own style and they mix it with ours, and eventually something comes out of it. It will be the groups of foreigners who change the look of the '80s."

Annie Flanders, founder, editor, Details magazine:

" 'Fashion victims' are out and beauty is in. Women are going to care more about how they look as individuals and not worry about trends. It's a continuation of people finding their own style first.

"My hope is that we stop looking backwards--that we run out of decades to do retrospectives on--and that we finally get to the future. I hope the inspiration for the late '80s is Judy Jetson. She's the future. And I guess Jean Paul Gaultier is the most futuristic designer."

Richard Meier, architect:

"You'll see an architectural influence in areas outside of what is normally the realm of the architect. Already, you've seen the architect's influence in designs for the home: glasses, plates and table-top items. Architects will be designing other things, like watches and who-knows-what.

"In part, the architect is filling a void left by designers in various fields, a level of quality that hasn't been there in industrial and product design. There's something missing. I don't know why, but it seems to exist, and architects are interested and have something fresh and interesting to say.

"In architecture, post-modernism is over. That word may cease to be in our vocabulary in the late '80s. The trend will be neo-modernism--a return to principle, and some of the ideals that modernism had. It will reflect a concern for quality. It will be a seeking out of the style that is appropriate to our time, rather than looking back and mimicking styles of the past."

Jim Ganzer, designer for Jimmy'z:

"I think that artists are going to take over. More and more it's becoming accepted that the job of an artist doesn't just have to do with making things for museums. Now the artists will become involved with politics--even at a local level, where they are involved with the aesthetics of the future.

"Surfers have a unique way of being at the forefront of style, especially as far as ocean aesthetics, swim trunks and high-tech gear to use. In the future, the beach look will get even stronger. It's a utilitarian, American statement."

Mark Werts, owner, American Rag Cie:

"Technologically we're going faster than we ever have before. But on a moral and aesthetic level we're returning to the true, tried, and tested--and this will characterize the latter part of the century. If we look at our commercial fashion leader, Lord Ralph Lauren, he typifies what many are doing: presenting an early 20th-Century American aristocratic feeling of tried and tested values.

"We're going back to the upper-class values of the beginning of the century, particularly the Europeanization of America. The old American aristocracy idolized Europe. It's ironic that this Europeanization has become a middle-class value in only 80 years' time. That shows that although technology is surging ahead, we're seeking the old on a moral and aesthetic level.

"Morally, we're going back to old values. It's as if there were two arrows, one pointed full speed in one direction, another pointing back."

Steve Bochco, co-creator and executive producer of "L.A. Law":

"I'm such a homebody, I'm not plugged into trends. I don't think I'm all that stylish or contemporary. I never try to think about what people will like. If I do, I'm attacking the problem inside out and backwards. You have to start from what is meaningful to you--what you're going to feel fulfilled working on, and hope people wind up caring about it."

Robert Turturice, costume designer for "Moonlighting," "Easy Street":

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