Fashion; It's Personal

This blog is about fashion. I have been blogging less frequently. Does that mean I'm less interested/dedicated/involved in fashion? Absolutely not. For pretty much the first time in my life, I'm living, and not vicariously through a screening of someone else's. I feel youthful and hopeful, and busy in all the right ways. And where clothing is concerned, I've been exploring and curating styles that reflect my newfound sense of youth and also my mature inclination. 

Although undocumented in this space, fashion still remains an enormous part of my life, only perhaps a bit more personal. In the past, I've used this blog as a space to express my opinions on the fashion world and all the tiny moving parts that make it - from runway reviews to business moves. However, my current relationship with fashion is more personal - my own curation and references to fit my life. As a teenager and high school student, my interests are inevitably changing and developing. But fashion still remains and will most likely always, by virtue of clothes existing as a necessity and my intrinsic attraction to beautiful things.

Thrifted Miu Miu heels, fishnet stockings, and frayed jeans. A look indeed.

Chanel Fall 2016 Couture

Chanel remains a constant in fashion's ever-changing game of musical chairs. One can always count on Karl for agreeable, distinctively "Chanel" clothes; the suits, the tweed, and the little Lagerfeld embellishments that allow the clothes to be something of fantasy, just as if his drawings simply lept into life, while other major fashion houses seem to be going through a constant state of disarray. At first glance, Chanel seems completely ridiculous and taken too seriously, but this couture collection made me realize that Karl's material creations are just realized drawings and dreams. Everything from the gaudy patterns to the bulky cut and overdone hair and makeup support Karl's dream of fashion and, in a larger sense, his outlook on the world. After all, no one can have such a long and successful career as Karl Lagerfeld has by taking fashion too seriously. This collection combined genius fantasy with the indulgent decadence of couture, and the result was, if not only beautiful, a reassuring moment in fashion's current confusion. 

The Appeal of Vetements (Spring 2017 RTW)

We all know fashion is a sucker for a little rule breaking, especially when that rule breaking occurs within the power of the industry. Young, buzzy brand Vetements is the current poster child for industry-contained rebellion, with enough nonconformity to make them seem "edgy" and enough obedience to the system to be successful. Vetements sells the illusion of a youthful, DGAF attitude at a price actual innovative younguns wouldn't dream of paying. The actual "cool kids" don't wear Vetements, they inspire Vetements.  

Although Vetements hasn't introduced a groundbreaking form of fashion, the Paris-based brand's way of thinking is something the rest of fashion should pay attention to. They politely question the system of fashion, which often results in special treatment and exclusivity, the most recent and obvious example of which being their latest show in Paris. Not only did they hold the show in a department store, with other brands' logos ironically in the background, but they showed during couture week, a time usually reserved for fashion's elite. To be clear, the show was not couture, but they were invited to show during couture week, which is a strange honor. The clothes were oversized and deconstructed and hard to picture outside of the show. Nothing groundbreaking; nothing special. 

And yet, Vetements is topping headlines in almost all areas of the industry. The appeal of Vetements is their ability to color outside of the lines ever so slightly and in the most controlled manner. They play the game by twisting the rules, and it's confusing and enthralling everyone in fashion. Fashion right now is confusing in terms of rules and boundaries, but Vetements just happens to be using it to their strength. 

Couture is a Breath of Fresh Air

Fashion today is fast, forgettable, and unforgivable. Regular seasons blur with pre-collections, womenswear blends with menswear, resulting in one big, round-the-clock, trendy mess. On occasion, gems of innovation and beauty slip into ready to wear collections, but usually ready to wear collections stay true to the title: clothes that are varying degrees of salable and wearable by societal standards. Ready to wear isn't boring, it just naturally can't be as exciting as couture.

Couture is the most indulgent of fashion; the most time and resource consuming; the most unnecessary. Ideas are executed to the fullest and no detail spared. As I'm writing this, the collection that stands out in my mind as the most refreshing from fashion's usual was Valentino's couture/culture extravaganza last summer. Not only was it some of the most beautiful clothes I've ever seen, but there was a level of culture and taste that is often ignored in fashion today. It was beautiful, but not superficial, just as couture should be. Many question the relevance of couture today and the truth is it's not relevant. No one really wears those clothes, but at the same time the point of the couture is not to be worn. Couture is about ideas and beauty, not practicality. Couture is food for thought; fashion to fuel the mind; style to satisfy the soul.