Did some homework at the mall and checked the retail stores to get a feel for social mood. In my opinion, we're right back to the first quarter of 2012 when neon and bright colors were all the rage. Now they're back.
Readers might remember that the overall message of September Vogue 2013 was black and white. I would have thought that color would have progressed elsewhere. But to see it regress, to turn back on itself, to repeat what had so recently trended, well, I was very surprised.
In fact, I've never seen it happen.
I do not know what to make of it except that it may equate to how patterns repeat in the markets. In that the latest consumer confidence figures came out yesterday at a six year high, neon and bright colors make sense.
However, since the confidence figures are far below their peaks of 2000 and 2007, showing massive negative divergence, we should be on guard for a significant top.
Then there was this in the WSJ:
Fashion's Otherworldly Step Into the Bold and Beautiful
Forget the visuals, the text says it all.
There's been a planetary shift in style this season, which means a whole new universe of intoxicating colors, daring patterns and rich textures to explore.
I'll get to the planetary shift in a second, but fashion really does seem intoxicated. The textures are rich, the patterns are daring, the mood is out of this world -- all while margin debt is at an all-time high.
No one is afraid at tops.
Yet with the upcoming Cardinal Grand Cross April 20-24, a planetary shift could become more real than these editors may have bargained for.
Here is an interesting summation of the Cardinal Grand Cross from YouTube that I found interesting. Interesting because the author noted certain similarities to 1929 and 2008. And she's not a finance geek.
I love her description of the upcoming alignments: Change is guaranteed.
I did my part to appease the trading Gods while at the mall. I picked up some surf shorts in flashy Tokyo pink. The scary thing is that were already on sale.
|50% off, baby!|