I’M GOING TO FASHION WEEK IN THREE DAYS!
…in my dreams, that is.
Twice every year, New York takes on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Creativity and attitude skyrocket. Yes, even more than from normal New York-ness. Bloggers glue themselves to their cameras and social media outlets. Models don’t eat anything. Designers practically pull their hair out from stress. Anna Wintour sits through her 60432435818632nd fashion show. It’s the mecca of fashion in the US. Where it all starts…
The printed denim you bought from Forever 21?
That neon high-lo dress that your bestie got your for your birthday?
How about your fave chelsea booties from Shoemint?
Yep, runway inspired.
This all reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda Priestly rips Andy Sachs a new one. Here, enjoy it once more…
You Think This Has Nothing To Do With You
Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No. No, no. Nothing’s… You know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. You know, I’m still learning about all this stuff and, uh…
Miranda Priestly: ’This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.
I love this. It’s powerfully awesome. However, what the top fashion-ites say shouldn’t be taken too seriously. They think they may lay down the law but, in my opinion, fashion requires a balance of many things:
There might be something that Nina Garcia and thousands of others think is hideous…that you absolutely love and consider to be the perfect representation of YOU. Don’t ever feel like you should give into commercialism because it looks “cool” and lose what separates you from everyone else.
Have fun with fashion!
Photo creds to New York Magazine