Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ON FASHION AND STYLE

image via vogue
Talking Style and Fashion. 
Where do we draw the line?



When I first started this blog, I was so insisting on avoiding the word fashion as to mean style and most importantly for style to be interpreted as fashion. For me it was as if this was an unwritten rule of style; a moral principle, in the unwritten set of morals of style.  Or perhaps I'm just a literally freak. Whatever the case, it's not that I distinguish them as entirely separate; but there is a line to be drawn.

Don't get me wrong, I love fashion. I would have never started this blog if it wasn't for that love devoloped and nurthered from reading my mum's fashion magazines instead of those novels kids are suppose to read at the tender age of 8. 


But I have developed what I prefer to call a dislike (hate is too strong of a word) for fashion victimization. And fashion is not to blame for that. Fashion only prescribes us four times a year with our dose of inpiration. We our to blame and our subconsious desire to look like the person next to us, to all be copies of  what is glorified as stylish,  but in the process of doing that we are defeating the very sense of style.

Style is personal. It's you. It cannot be copy-pasted, it cannot be reproduced. Because style is more than just the clothes. It's more than "IT" pieces. It carries more variables in its equation. This is what draws the line between fashion victimization and style.
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Sure, I too, get carried away with fashion. I'm still lusting over the Balenciaga boots and dreaming over the red Valentino Rock stilletto pumps and begrudge in sight of a Celine bag. 

But the whole fascinating thing with fashion is playing with it and making the look be your look. Integrating it into your own style. Look like a clown if you want to -  that would be your look. Your uniqueness. And whatever that is, it should be celebrated because its yours. I see no fascination in looking like a clone or in wearing something for the sake of that belonging in the "it" variety. I can perhaps see a social need of belonging. But no fascination.

Think of the newfound style icons, the Russian crowd; they perlude such a strong sense of individual style yet fashion is so integrated into that. But it's never the less style. It's unique. 

And let's move all the way to Europe; the French. That effortlessness, the simplicity, the look that is seasonless - that is style.
The French. Image via pinterest

I'm not against fashion; but I'm against fashion victimization.

And to avoid misinterpretation, I'm not hating nor am I sucking out the joy. I am also not excluding myself from fashion victimization. But perhaps as people we have become too attached to the label and and perhaps we have became too attached to the look. And perhaps I am wrong and this is just my mind rambling. And no, these issues are not really the worst of my worries.

 
Notwithstanding and whatever the case -we have to be ourselves. We have to do our own thing.




But tell me, what to you think?

G.
 

8 comments:

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  3. I totally agree with what you say. There is nothing wrong with following the trends, as long as when you say you love something, it's only because you really do, and not because fashion magazines told you to love it ;)

    PS: I'm French and believe me, what seems effortless means looots of preparation ;)

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  6. The French really are effortless, wish I could chuck on a simple Tee and heels and look that good! Great post to, I like to watch trends are pick & style my fave but try not to worry myself with them to much :-)

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  7. i totally agree with what you said . i believe that even anna dello russo who is a fashion icon nowadays is expressing a kind of fashion victimization .no offence to her but she does(in my opinion ) . great article.
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