Forchheim- whoever encounters people with black glasses and brass-studded clothing at the next carnival event should not be surprised. This is the foolish trend of the year and is called steampunk.
This fashion trend combines modern and futuristic technical "building blocks" knotted with victorian-era materials, creating a distinct retro-tech look.
"The demand for steampunk cladding is so high that we have to replenish the accessories every 30 to 60 minutes", reports helena wendrock from globus self-service department store. It is expected that this demand will grow even stronger. After all, there are still many carnival parties to come and many short-tempered people will only start looking for a suitable costume in the coming days. But no one need fear going home empty-handed if they want to show up this year in the popular brass-colored retro look. Suppliers have recognized the trend and are busy placing repeat orders.
Unicorns in trend
Even though they were already sold sporadically last year, it was only this year that they became a real bestseller and the "trend of the year": unicorn costumes. A wide range of products, from hair bands with glittering horns, to full body suits and silicone masks, offer the admirers of the mythical creature a great deal of choice.
Mind you, the unicorn costume is not only popular among female carnival enthusiasts. There are also some men who can’t get rid of their clothes while trying them on, and continue shopping in glittering pink unicorn costumes.
For the small and smallest are in this season especially disguises in the style of their cinema heroes particularly in demand. Thus probably each carnival visitor becomes sooner or later one of elsa from walt disneys "the ice queen – completely unverfroren", run into a superman from the DC comics, or a captain america from the marvel comics. And also this year it heibt: "come get out the lasso!" Cowboys and indians are still popular. As well as the preserved disguises as fireman and policeman. The latter are becoming increasingly popular, especially among girls.
Individuality is the order of the day
Even though there may very well be stylistic trends this year, you will rarely see the same disguise twice., finds lena habel from the neunkirchen carnival association. Fewer and fewer carnival enthusiasts buy complete costumes, but instead put together their own disguises with the help of a selection from an ever-widening range of accessories. Do-it-yourself is also becoming increasingly popular among carnival caterers.
"Custom-made one-of-a-kind trim is more popular than ever", remarks jessica andrews from the toy market hobauer. "We’ve never sold as much fabric as we did this year!" Group and partner costumes such as burglars, superheroes or smurfs are still popular, however. And if you have no idea what to dress up as, you can buy a prison jumpsuit or force yourself into a banana or strawberry costume. If necessary, a bed sheet will do . Ready is the little ghost.