When Saturn slides into Sagittarius on Christmas Eve, it will be the collision of opposites: the planet of time, limitations and criticism, entering the party-loving sign of travel and philosophy. But what does this mean for our style?
Globally, I think we’ll see a shift in establishing and emerging fashion cities’ spheres of influence. So classic fashion capitals, like Paris, London and Milan will be fighting to prove they are still at the forefront of style. At the same time, other cities, with cheaper rent and design savvy populations, will be doing their utmost to convince the world that they deserve to dethrone the old giants. We’ll probably see the definition of a fashion city come into question. Is it where elite designers show their collections to celebrities, or where a stylish, daring young crowd live and create?
But talking of elite designers, their Spring Summer 2015 collections, suggest that they want to herald Saturn in Sagg with a full-on, hippy, world traveller vibe. There are denim lace up mini-dresses at Gucci, psychedelic prints at Pucci and Valentino, and fur boleros at YSL. Ordinarily, Sagg would welcome this free spirited look with open arms. But what about a newly Saturnised Sagg? Given that Saturn is the planet of nailing your colours to the mast, I think this could go one of two ways… Sagg Type A will ride with the folky look, because it feels authentically her. She will give more thought to her bangle collection, which is now for posterity, not novelty.
Sagg Type B on the other hand, who has truly felt Saturn’s iron grip, will reject 70s style whimsy faster than Mega Sagg Taylor Swift. It will feel too vague, not structured enough. She’ll still love flame tones and blue denim, but will gravitate towards favour sleeker tailoring, and in extreme cases, may even take the scissors to her waist-length ponytail. If she misses it, will grow back by the end of her long Saturn transit.
Whether you are Sagg Type A, or B, or have Saturn in Sagittarius, and are about to go through your Saturn Return, the next couple of years will be about defining who you are, both in terms of your goals and image. When I asked a Libra friend who is coming to the tail end of her magical Saturn Return for some advice, she simply said ‘Be very clear about what you want.’ While you’re identifying your dearest hopes and dreams, some items in your wardrobe will inevitably appear from a past order of wishes; so, you guessed it, have a clear out . I’d recommend getting rid of old, ill-fitting, non-relevant clothes, so that you only have stuff that you can and want to wear. If there are a few unwearable treasures that you want to keep, consider archiving them in a separate storage space, because it will be difficult to move forward while the past is staring you in the face.
Finally, Saturn trippers should beware of ring-envy. You may suddenly have the desire to stack your fingers with rings commemorating all sorts of rites of passage. Fine, but don’t rush into anything! You have a couple of years to figure out which ones are worth marking.
Katerina Pantelides is a dress historian and writer living in London. A Libra with Neptune rising, she is interested in the relationship between fashion, beauty and the occult.