Life "Without" the Fashion Industry

Everyone wears clothes, but not everyone considers themselves involved in the fashion industry, or even acknowledges the importance of the fashion industry. Many people consider themselves above the supposed frivolity of fashion but are ignorant towards the influence and power of the industry. I'm always hesitant and subsequently defensive when I tell people I want to work in fashion because they automatically assume it's an industry for airheads and inevitably wasted talent. Every industry has its fair share of airheads and wasted talent, but fashion's get a bit more exposure because of its inherently superficial and glamorous nature. Outsiders watch The Devil Wears Prada or hear about John Galliano's infamous anti-Semitic rant and assume that the industry as a whole is a joke. They see only the glamor shots of the Kardashian/Jenner gang ruling the runways on Instagram. They hear ridiculous urban myths and exaggerated tales of torture for interns or models. Outsiders look down upon the people who are responsible for the very clothes on their back. Now, I say "outsiders" but by no means do I want to segregate those in fashion and those out. To many, I am considered out of the industry because I do not work directly in fashion. But in reality, we are all involved in fashion in one way or another; fashion industry-conscious or not. The fashion industry consists of millions of workers in various positions, billions of dollars, and is responsible for a worldwide, universal essential. Fashion is glamorous and alluring, yes, but it also requires hard work just as any other industry, and therefore deserves the respect of any other industry. 

This is a bit of a rant I suppose; the product of my returning to my college-preparatory school where fashion, along with most other arts, is seen as an unprofessional joke of an endeavor for those incapable of handling "real" skills such as math or science. I am beyond grateful for my education but I do sometimes wish my classmates and teachers could be as open-minded as they proclaim themselves to be and see the true importance of the fashion industry.

Grace, Hamish, and Anna - Early dream team c. late 90s - early 2000s.

Karl and Grace - c. 70s. 

Finding Security in Fashion

Security means both safety and stability, which can be tricky for an industry like fashion that thrives off of constant change. One could easily work an entire lifetime for five minutes of fame, only to be deemed out of style and cast into exile. For young people not quite "in" fashion yet, such as myself, it can be daunting getting involved in an industry that will most certainly be completely different in 10, 20, 30 years time. But the flexibility of an industry relatively open to change is also quite appealing; if your dream job doesn't exist yet, then fashion is the industry to make it happen. Just 10 years ago blogging was the next big thing, and now today fashion is totally focused on social media. Even with all the uncertainty surrounding the future of fashion, I am certain that fashion will have a future. And the basics of fashion's future consists of the basics present today; fashion will always need clothing creators, photo makers, writers, and marketers. Even though the specifics of those categories will change, there will always be a need for those skills in fashion. So is fashion secure? No. And that can turn off a lot of people, but if you can roll with the punches and keep up with the change, I, as a completely unexperienced and sheltered 14-year-old, think it's worth getting involved in.

photo via Tumblr, I really love everything about it; from the texture and material of the shoes to the bandana around the ankle to the denim. Perfection.

Spring Cleaning

After the inevitable long, dreary, and seemingly endless winter (though this year's wasn't too bad), it is essential for one to indulge in some serious spring cleaning. And not just of the home clutter variety (although a clean space = a clean(er) mind), but of the soul. I haven't been going through the best of times recently, but through focusing on myself this spring break I've been much better. All you need is a few undivided days of focusing on what you truly enjoy doing and you'll be in a much better place. Taking a spring break not only allows you to achieve all the things you've been putting off what with work/school, but it allows you to do a thorough spring cleaning on yourself, which is essential for your general wellbeing (or at least in my experience it is.) As self-centered and selfish as we are as humans, we still often forget to take time for ourselves, our needs, and our little pleasures in life. I strongly believe in exploring and knowing yourself, your opinions, thoughts, and desires, but worrying about a billion outside factors makes it easy to forget yourself and where you stand in this world. At the end of the day, you are the center of your world, so therefore you should be your top priority, period.

Gareth Pugh Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

London has been offering a lot of steady unconventionality recently, one of the most notable and established of this fresh group being homegrown talent Gareth Pugh. Gareth Pugh is always one to make quite a statement without sacrificing potential sales, which is critical in longterm survival and relevancy as a brand. The punch to Pugh's collections often lie in the accessories and presentation rather than the clothes themselves, which allows him to remain true to his creative vision and message while also creating clothes that can, and will, sell. This season brought an 80s, power woman theme with a certain mocking undertone. The artificially shiny hair, the dark, dramatic sunglasses, and the strong suits paired with Hannibal Lecter masks pillow-face tape faces ensured for a comically exaggerated seriousness not dissimilar to Alexander McQueen's 2009 'Horn of Plenty' F/W fashion show (his last, for that matter.) Gareth Pugh has achieved in this collection what so much of fashion is still lacking: the ability to present serious design with an air of lightheartedness.  

Dries van Noten Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

You'd think that a show free of theatrics would be boring and insignificant among the typical, Instagram-worthy stunts of fashion week (or rather, month), but, believe it or not, the fuss-freeness of Dries van Noten's fall 2016 ready to wear show was nothing short of refreshing. A stark set, minimal, yet completely fitting, music, and clean, but not basic, uniformity in the areas of hair and makeup all allowed the clothes to truly speak for themselves. And speak they did, in the most dramatic, elegant, and romantic of tongues. A superlative array of paradoxes was found within this collection: extravagant, yet refined; bold, yet quiet. Each look was cohesive with one another, but at the same time they didn't feel confined to a particular theme or motif. Dries van Noten is a true gem in fashion; existing as one of the original visionaries of the legendary Antwerp Six, he has managed to gain (somewhat) mainstream following and support without sacrificing his artistic integrity; a tough feat to achieve in fashion. 

Like the true fashion designer-cum-intellectual he is, this season Dries van Noten pulled inspiration from the affair between Luisa Casati and the writer Gabriele D'Annunzio. Aspects of them both individually can be found in the hair and makeup of the models; his hair with her eyes, and in the seamless blending of masculine and feminine pieces; blazers and sweater vests paired with pears and silks, but the dark decadence of their relationship is present with each and every look. In fashion's present time where the majority of collections are rushed and forgettable, drawing from uninspiring and basic sources, and in turn creating lackluster and shallow garments, the work of Dries van Noten is both a refreshing oasis of well-researched, well-thought-out, and well-executed design and a shimmer of hope that fashion may see more like him.

Photos via Vogue Runway.

Recent Film Favorites

I may sound like a broken record with the amount that I use the word "fashion" on this blog, but it is, indeed, a fashion blog (can you tell?) I do, however, enjoy non-clothing-related aspects of my life, most of which I don't share enough of on this blog.

Film, like fashion is a form of escapism, expressing ideas, and/or telling a story, which makes it, like fashion, art really. I'm always on the lookout for a cool indie film chock full of Tumblr-esque stills, so without further ado, here are some of my recent favorites:

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, 2015
     Director: Marielle Heller
A funny and insightful coming of age film set in the 70s. 

Léon: The Professional, 1994
     Director: Luc Besson
I'm in love with little 90s Natalie Portman (that hair!) 

I Am Love, 2010
     Director: Luca Guadagnino
It stars my absolute favorite Tilda Swinton and is directed by my other absolute favorite Luca Guadagnino; the two together make up a dream team. This movie has the dream house, dream wardrobe, dream food, dream everything (except the ending....)

Chef, 2014
     Director: Jon Favreau
Hard for a vegetarian like myself to sit through but still worth the watch.

     Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
This movie is admittedly a little slow, but nonetheless unbelievably raw; no glorification or sugarcoating what so ever.

Any recommendations?

Vetements Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Fashion always loves a rebel, especially when that rebel is willing to play along in Vogue shoots and reinvent storied fashion houses, so naturally Vetements is fashion's newest favorite. Literally translating to "clothes" in French, Vetements represents the carefree youthfulness that fashion so desperately strives for. Vetements broke into the mainstream sometime between its last two seasons,  through reconstructed hoodies and jeans, and the appointment of one of the brand's designers, Demna Gvasalia, to replace Alexander Wang at Balenciaga only adds to the buzz surrounding the brand. This season, the much awaited Vetements show brought both overstated and undersized aspects of traditional Catholic school uniforms and stereotypical tackiness done to a T. The combination of ill-fitting garments, hoodies turned ballgowns, and an overwhelming amount of velour all ensure for a thoughtful paradox fit for the state of fashion itself; a try hard attempt at finding the next definition of "cool," with little thought to the actual design or talent. The alluring "newness" in Vetements is little more than progressive styling, with essentially no innovation in areas of design technique. Admittedly, Vetements brings forth potentially interesting ideas, but the execution of those ideas is done in the haphazard and rushed style of fashion today. Vetements collections don't follow the story of a heroine like the typical fashion collection does, but instead offers a glimpse of that cool, young aesthetic previously viewed only from Instagram. Maybe a look into the false reality of Instagram is fashion's new fairytale. 

two years

This past Friday marked exactly two years since I published my first post here at Plaid Is My Favourite Colour. I know I've been a bit wobbly on my posting schedule as of late, what with the never-ending wave of High School work demanding all my time and energy, but my tiny corner of the ever-expanding Internet remains one of my top priorities. It is the single, purest representation of myself, from my interests, opinions, voice, and style, and exists as one of the only stable elements in my life. When all else fails, I know I'll always have this little space to share my ideas to anyone willing to listen. 

Whether you've been reading for two years or two minutes, I thank you for your time and readership, and look forward to many more years to come. 

Moi, shot by a friend, after the initial cutting of my bangs. 
Expect more on hair to come.