sabato 3 settembre 2011


"You like clothes and make up,you're a shallow person"
I've heard it said many times,sometimes even referred to me,and as much as I tell myself that I should just let it go,that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion,this is one of the things that never fails to make me extremely angry (like ignorant people,chipping my nail polish right after I applied it or tripping while standing still,but that's another story). What irks me the most about this statement is that it implies that people who like fashion can take pleasure only when talking about shoes or bags and ignore everything else,a clear sign of ignorance and disrespectful to those who work (or aspire to work) in the business. I mean,how can you say that these are the product of a shallow mind? (I wish I was able to visit his exhibit "Savage Beauty" at the Met,I absolutely adore all of his works.Did some of you go to see it?I'd like to know what you think:))    

(Alexander McQueen S/S 2007)

(Ermanno Scervino Kimono Dress)
(Vintage Dior)

When I see a dress that I like my first thought isn't "ooooooooooh,pretty!Me wants!",but I tend to appreciate the fabric,the use of colours,the patterns or the vibe that it gives off,I try to understand what might have inspired the designer when he/she made it. Sure,there are a lot of people who use their clothes as an enormous neon sign which reads "Hey,look at me and my expensive clothes that you will never be able to afford,hahahahah",but for many others fashion is so much more than matching colors or perfectly applied make up,it is (in my eyes,at least) art at its finest,something that comes from your soul,a mean to express parts of yourself,to communicate something,from your mood to your culture to your taste in music.Like Coco Chanel said "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky,in the street,fashion has to do with ideas,the way we live,what is happening". I love this quote of hers because it's so true: I got the inspiration to design my very first dress while I was waiting at the bus stop and I looked up at a tree and Jean Paul Gaultier,too,found inspiration by simply observing the style of people on the street (if you have the chance I highly recommend a visit to his retrospective "From Sidewalk to Catwalk" at the Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts).
But,and that's a pretty big "but",it's also true that judging someone by their looks is just as wrong since a person is not entirely defined by how he or she likes to dress: a girl who carries a Chanel bag and wears expensive clothes is not a spoiled daddy's girl,just like who wears glasses isn't necessarily a nerd or a very intelligent person (God knows I have proof for that theory).

Then there's this prejudice that only rich people can afford REAL fashion,but does such a thing even exists? I know loads of people who will never be able to afford a Dior gown or a pair of Louboutin heels but are fashionable nonetheless wearing jeans,a sweater and flats.Truth is,not even I have a precise definition of fashion,a world that I recently discovered but already feel so passionate about so I ask you: what is your own definition of fashion?

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