Saturday, October 01, 2005

QuickTake: Will Gothic Lolitas Catch On in the USA?

It's called the gothic lolita look. It's supposedly big in Japan. Will it catch on elsewhere?

Fashion is pretty unpredictable, so I won't venture a guess. What I can say is that if the look does catch on, lots of money is going to spent updating wardrobes.

Isn't that what Keynesian economics is about? More consumption spending is good for the economy. Since fashion changes so often, the world of fashion helps to keep that marginal propensity to consume high.

The downside? Critics of fashion point to the social waste associated with planned obsolescence. Would it be better to spend to solve social problems or spend on a new look? Ultimately, it's consumers who will decide.



At 8:32 AM, Blogger Julia said...

I would be surprised if that particular looks ever caught on much in America. Especially in Texas, it's way too hot.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger marissa said...

Investing to solve social problems would be best. I think, consumers today are more concerned about community and social issues than fashion. Although the fashion industry is big and glamorous, people are more aware of social issues with so much global networks.
Mills argued that utility differed in quality. So, although having good fashion sense is good and important, most would agree that solving social problems would cause greater utility. Also, I agree that ultimately consumers decide. But big businesses also make decisions that affect policy and trends. Consumers and business influence each other. Also, obsolescence is inevitable since many goods become obsolete in the changing economy.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Shawna M said...

Wow i sure hope that look doesn't become popular in the U.S. I definitely wouldn't be caught dead in that.

At 2:41 PM, Blogger HalheG said...

I love clothes and fashion, so I know there are some really crazy looks out there, but I don't know about this one. Some outfits just don't work and I think this "gothic lolita" look is one of them that is going to stay in Japan. Even if it did make it to the U.S. I would never wear it.

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This look is already seen in the U.S. for many years now.

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron, you are creepy as shit. Go to jail already.


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