No matter how hopeful or skittish you are about when the future, when the opportunity to have a psychic weigh in about all things Fashion Month presents itself, you take it and don’t look back. West Coast-based psychic Angie Banicki slid into my inbox like a DM on a Sunday night, and boy, did I answer. Hell, wouldn’t you? Apart from her résumé that spans the gamut of people person skills, the marketing guru turned psychic is too legit to quit. After all, she did predict Viola Davis to be atop a slew of Best Dressed lists last awards season, and she even called Sunday’s big game. And to think, it all started with a deck of Prada tarot cards.
Ahead, Banicki fills us in on pretty much all of the juicy industry happenings of the moment. Banicki clearly knows what she’s doing, but to be clear, these are mere predictions; we’re in no way saying that these things will in fact happen over the next few weeks. But, hey, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t hope some of them do come to fruition..
On politics at Fashion Week…
“I have a card that’s my Donald Trump card. It’s the card I have that called that he was going to win, and it’s got an orange-faced man. And that one shows him upside down, which is not a good thing. Basically, it feels like designers are trying to steer more clear of him, or anything related to him.
“The other card I pulled says to defend your beliefs and decisions, and to choose your battles wisely, which feels general, but it makes me feel like there will be less of a presence of politics at Fashion Week this season. Despite the fact that I feel like brands could really go crazy with this right now, it makes me feel like there will maybe be less than normal, or not at all.”
…And whether the immigration ban and refugees will be addressed this season:
“Yes. It’s showing that refugees and the immigration ban will be used somehow, but creatively. It’s showing me someone will use that to try and come up with a creative solution or collection in a positive way. And for this one, the song that was on [during this reading] was ‘Staying Alive’ by the Bee Gees.”
…and if Melania will attend this season.
“It’s showing me she’ll attend shows, or at least a show. And it shows it being a little bit of a disaster at first, but then worth it in the end. It seems like the press might have a heyday, but somehow — whether it’s because of what she’ll be wearing, or if she has a good relationship with that designer — it shows in the end that it’s going to actually be good for her.”
…or the Obamas…
“It keeps showing me changes of plans for the Obamas, where it feels like there’s something about a show that they’re maybe going to be invited to last minute that they end up going to. But, yes, they’re going. And the song just changed to ‘Check It Out’ by Will.I.Am and Nicki Minaj. So, maybe they’re going to go check [NYFW] out?”
…or the Trumps.
“Melania, yes. But there’s something weird about it, as if [President] Trump doesn’t want her to go. There’s something about her wanting to go, and it feels like it’s gonna work out. But ,yes, I’m picking up on something showing [Melania] plans to go, but feels conflicted about it. And the song just switched to ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke, if that means anything.
“Tiffany doesn’t want to go, but someone wants her to. And Ivanka is waiting to go back into the industry to show herself again, so to speak.”
On whether or not Kim Kardashian will be front row…
“It shows her going to NYFW, but it also shows her traveling. And she may go back to Paris, because it ends with the traveler card, and the last week of Fashion Month is in Paris, isn’t it? It shows she isn’t decided yet. It shows she wants to, but just hasn’t make up her mind yet.
“It’s showing me the card that tells me she feels off-balanced about it and doesn’t want to decide yet. But she’s definitely going to New York because, it’s showing me the star card.”
On Kanye and the shelf life of Yeezy…
“The cards say ‘Time to move on.’ They show conflict. And I’m not a Kanye fan. But the way it feels is that he’s going to start another brand, which is not surprising at all. It shows that he’s not yet ready for the next, but that this first one’s going to be done. Rather than Yeezy evolving into something else, he’ll put it aside and almost reinvent his fashion through a new brand.
“This one’s going to do really well. The way it reads is that this one is going to bring him a lot of money. And it shows family, which is funny, because isn’t Calabasas where Kim’s from? It shows this one’s going to do well, but the brand identity isn’t fully aligned yet, so it’s going to take a minute. The cards earlier told me that he’s really onto something with it, but it’s still forming, so I guess NYFW is going to be its first sense of identity.”
On whether or not Riccardo Tisci will go to Versace…
“No. He doesn’t know where he’s going to go yet. It very clearly shows this. He’s going somewhere else, but he hasn’t decided yet. It’s showing me the blindfolded woman, so I don’t think we have any idea where he’s going.”
…or Alber Elbaz…
“No. It’s going to be totally different from what anyone thinks.”
…how about Kanye…
“It’s weird because it shows that he wants to learn from [Versace]. It does feel like there’s some sort of collaboration there. I thought for sure ‘no’ when you said that, but it’s showing me some sort of collaboration. It may be picking up on their already-established relationship, but it shows that Riccardo is somewhat of a mentor to him, and that there’s more for them to do together. It’s showing me learning, but I don’t think that we can say he’s going there.”
…or Olivier Rousteing?
“It’s showing an offer! I don’t know if he takes it, but it’s showing an offer. Do we already know that? It shows that there’s a real offer on the table. It won’t tell me yes, but it’s showing me them making an offer to him.”
On whether the See-Now, Buy-Now formula has staying power…
“Nope. It very clearly shows that people still want to wait. It’s not even saying maybe; they’d rather wait. It very blatantly is telling the designers not to. The menswear trend will do well, despite a rocky start, but it says to be realistic, because it’s going to end up to be a promising business venture.”
On racial diversity at NYFW…
“My cards don’t think that there are enough women of color, and it’s showing that about the upcoming NYFW. It says they aren’t being given enough of an opportunity. It shows we’ll get closer to being fair, but that it should be more [diverse].”
…and gender diversity…
“As far as transwomen go, it’s also still not enough. It’s not the same reading, though. In my intellectual mind, you’d think that this would be the year, right? But when I look at these cards, it feels like next season is when it’s going to be more prominent. The only other card that came up that makes me feel like it’s a no is that it feels like there’s still gonna be more of a push from that side, but that that there’s still not enough attention this season. But it shows it may feel forced this season, or maybe being done in the wrong way, or not as organic as it should or will be.
…and all sizes.
“For size diversity, it shows it’s going to be moving into its next phase. But we don’t know what that looks like yet.”
On the fate of the choker…
“They aren’t going away quite yet. It’s showing there’s going to be something else that replaces them that we’ll be surprised by, but that we aren’t ready for yet. It has to do with party wear, because it keeps showing me the card that’s about celebrations and having fun.
“Also, the song just switched to ‘Jungle’ by Emma Louise, which makes me think there’s some type of jungle or wild theme. Perhaps that means it’s going to maybe be something wilder or bolder. But it’s very clearly showing me that it’s something that’s never been done. It’s showing me the blindfold card, which means we can’t tell what it is based on what we already know. The choker will be back, but it’s something that’s completely new.”
On trends to keep an eye out for…
“It’s showing me a man, which means [the new choker] might come from a male designer, or inspired by men or a more masculine look. But, yeah, the only other thing I would say is a tomboy look, or a more boyish look for girls.”
On colors for spring…
“Blue, predominantly… purple, too, but it just showed a male designer again, and it also showed a card of kids who were sad, trying to bring back an element of family and connection, which makes me think it could have something to do with the symbolism of the [next big] color representing equality and anti-bullying, which is kind of political…Maybe pink, because of Planned Parenthood, too, but I’m getting a red card…Now I’m getting red and blue, which makes purple, but also reminds me of politics…”
…and the top three trends we’ll see.
“Well, the song just switched to ‘Favorite Thing’ by Yuna. It’s showing me nude and this idea of nudity. However, again, it’s showing me luxury, but in terms of classic and simple pieces. Now it’s showing me change, but the yin and yang character. Maybe black and white, or the suiting and mesnwear vibes we talked about. And the only other thing I would say is there’s something about adventure and traveling.”
On the overall mood of NYFW…
“It keeps showing me that it’s going to be fun. It shows an interesting collaboration will debut. There’s definitely going to be one male who feels like it’s a really bad [season] for him. But overall, it feels interesting and new, and that there’s a lot to learn. People will come away from it with surprises. It won’t be the best year for the industry, but it does the job in a good way.
“And remember how we talked about adventure and jungle vibes from earlier? The song just switched to ‘The Wild Life’ by Vacationer.”