Monday, 25 April 2011

This strange world of fashion

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“People are frightened of fashion because it scares them or makes them feel insecure.

On a whole, people say demeaning things about our world is usually because they feel, in some ways, excluded or not a part of the “cool group”, so as a result that just mock it.

Just because you like to put on a beautiful Carolina Herrera dress or a pair of J Brand blue jeans instead of something basic from K-Mart, doesn’t mean that you are a dumb person.

There is something about fashion that can make people very nervous…”

Anna Wintour, The September Issue.

I must confess, I have been addicted to fashion for ages… Not in a way somebody is addicted to labels or a certain item of clothing (although I am definitely a shoe girl). I always found this world fascinating, exciting and incredibly beautiful. To me, fashion has always being a form of wearable art.

Fashion needs style to exist, but at the same time one cannot possibly acquire all the essential elements of her own unique style without fashion because, as a form of art, fashion makes us feel and think.

So as far as the thinking part goes, I truly believe that those who understand and appreciate fashion, cannot possibly be unintelligent or dumb. I’ve seen people, read books and fashion blogs that talk about fashion in a way that takes my breath away. They know the depth of every detail, the holy grail and every line in a “fashion Bible”, metaphorically speaking. No, those who really know fashion do have brains, a part of which I wish I could own.

Although a “dumb personality” is, in some way, also a personality, but it’s not exactly a kind of individuality that most would identify with a true meaning of fashion. Yes, those people may be just as well “in fashion clothes”, but what I always found is that the majority of this fashion crowd pays more attention to labels or costs of the clothes rather than true style or quality. These “fashionistas” always put a smile of my face because often they resemble birds of paradise or Christmas trees.

On the other hand, people do mock fashion because, lets face it, fashion, just as anything, can be a comfort zone for one and a mine field for the other. 

The thought of looking different is almost just as frightening as a thought of being noticed because once people acknowledge your presence you’ve got to make yet another step and say something… or do something… Show off your personality.

And because we are only humans, we try to avoid mine fields as much as we possibly can because walking in one can put us in danger of looking stupid or feeling uncomfortable. So, as human nature intended, we cover our fears with laughter and silly jokes, just so we can make the danger look less scary and make us feel superior and then “put on a lumpy blue sweater” and blend with the crowd.

Would you agree that people who feel that way about fashion often don’t have a true sense of style or much knowledge about the subject? Personally, I think so. I also feel that those ones can be very narrow minded – otherwise they would probably try to discover or learn something new about life or themselves by getting out of the comfort zone. Don’t you think?

So to keep it short, I just want to say that fashion isn’t a joke as some people might think. Fashion is fun. And those who actually want to joke about fashion, still need to know the stuff they are planning to laugh about because there is nothing worse than a bad unintelligent joke.

Sorry for such a long story and if you’ve got to the end of it, please share your opinion and thoughts! I’d love to hear what you think.

Photo source: 2c.com.au

9 comments:

  1. I agree with you...I kept getting flashbacks during your post to the movie the Devil wears Prada when Miranda lectures Andy on "cerulean blue," one of my favorites! Have a great day!

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  2. I like this "wearable art" idea, necessary flirt between utilitarian and aesthetic faces . . .
    ps: Actually I can't help to see Fashion Realm as the privileged cradle of a (kindly BUT not certainly superficial) art of Representation, deeply aristocratic-like BUT whose creative background (fantastically) can enchant day to day reality, notably by teasing senses and imaginery . . .

    à Bientôt, Antoine

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  3. it looks amazing. i do believe high couture is supposed to be art. i dont think people understand when they see these designs on the run-ways " how could they wear this in real life "
    i say if you can pull of this "wearable art"
    WHY NOT!
    great blog lady
    xx
    fashion provcateur

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  4. I agree with you and Cassie here - the scene from The Devil Wears Prada is probably an important lesson on how "high" fashion and couture, as art has an influence. And fashion takes as its inspiration many things, so fashion alone is not "dumb". What depresses me is when a fashion brand alone is what becomes sought after, rather than style itself. I think that's when we are at risk of becoming narrow minded and boring...

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  6. Great post! I often find myself trying to explain fashion to a non believer .. and realize its a waste a breath & time. You have to understand what it does for an individual, in order to not be negative toward it.

    They should read this post!

    Tee

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  7. How in the world did I miss this interesting topic and great post? I always enjoy your posts, as every single time I find out something new and intelligent issues to debate on and on. It's hard for me to understand people who take fashion as a joke and it's hard to make them understand because in order to understand and appreciate fashion one requires education, culture and why not, brains. Taking your time to put on something nice is also about self respect and your respect towards the others. And yes, one can look at fashion as a mine field, I know people who have even acknowledged this. Why embark on a new challenge and try to find the satisfactions in it? I always say (or quote the ones who said it before me) that fashion and style are two different things, but style is based on fashion, on knowing fashion that well so that you can suit the fashion to you.

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  8. Extremely well written! Thank you for posting this. I, like countless men and women around the world, share this 'divine obsession' - an intense love of fashion and everything encompassed within its realm. I studied politics at university and will never forget how my 'Women in Politics' lecturer openly scoffed at the notion of 'fashion' and its impact on everyday life. Fashion is beautiful, strange, and wonderous to behold and partake in. It transforms the otherwise mundane...

    xxdomineyxx
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