Can we survive without wearing fashion?

Friday, 15 May 2009


Fashion carries a different meaning for everyone. For some fashion is signing up to Hermes mailing list to get notified of the latest Hermés Birkin bag before Victoria Beckham gets hold of it while fashion for a student at Central Saint Martin is awaiting a reply from Matthew Williamson for an internship at his accessory department. Pragmatically fashion is what’s attached to the body and the essence is therefore to wear fashion. But is wearing fashion a prerequisite for being fashionable or is the clothes just the tip of the iceberg with a stronger essence beneath the water surface.

A chef at the Michelin starred restaurant ‘Le Gavroche’ gladly cooks for his guests and smile at their satisfaction, and at home he prepare meals for himself, tasting the fruit of his own labour. That is only the righteous path in life, right? Preach what you speak and embrace what you do and create. Yet, Milano and Paris runway designers couldn’t be any more distant from their own runway collections. Is it that their interest in designing has trailed off into the whelm of business eroding the driving force force or design that made them become a designer in the first place? Or are they distancing their everyday attire away from high fashion in order to laser precision focus on designing as opposed to dressing up for the press? Notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar couldn’t have dreamt of more success as his career peaked in 1989 when he was listed by Forbes Magazine to be worth $25 billion, making him the 7th richest man during that year. If he had habitually sniffed the toxic powder he was in control of, Escobar's genius but insane mind would have been off balance in the epic cocaine empire he's famous for. The health authorities have yet be classify Italian cashmere as a hazards, giving Dean and Dan Canten no reason to voluntarily stick to wearing white shirts and black ties paired with denim jeans.

Highly animated in interviews Tom Ford is one of the most invigorating personalities in the fashion world. The sheer intensity of the sexuality seen in the ads for his Tom Ford men’s line makes Pope Benedict XVI wish all humans were monogamists. Contrary to Ford’s extrovert, his choice of outfit is the expected and highly pedestrian navy blue suit and white shirt. Rarely is the New York based designer seen wearing anything more upstaging. Maybe there is calmness is a sedated appearance. Wearing the same outfit of neutral colours comes with the reward of people focusing on you rather than what you're wearing. For Karl Lagerfeld, his sterile sense of style has become fashion itself but he’s a one of a kind who doesn’t share clothing style with anyone. Regardless of the pure canvas-like image projected by these designer they breath fashion, they sleep fashion and think fashion. To individuals like Tom Ford the love lay in the art form and he’s a true testament that that one doesn’t have to wear fashion to be fashion. Some things in life are best enjoyed from a distance, through visual admiration.


10 comments:

Keith said...

Great post. I hadn't really thought about it quite like that before. Enjoy your weekend.

Simon said...

Great thought provoking post. I'm not sure Hedi Slimane would be too delighted being pictured below two shots from a KVA dior homme collection. But your writing was very interesting. I think Slimane is another example of the one who practices what he preaches - he dressed like his collections, and genuinely participated in the scene and culture that inspired his collections rather than just trying to observe and distil it for a collection and move on. That is the source of the integrity lacking in others work I believe. And we bloody need him back..

Christoffer - Bögen från Dalarna said...

Vilka härliga tips du ger! Verkligen jättebra, skön blogg! =)

iluwfashion said...

Keith: Hope you've enjoyed your weekend too!

Simon: You're right, Slimane was indeed a missionary of his own designs although he never wore the more abstract pieces he designed during 2-3 seasons before he parted ways with DH. Another one I forgot to mention is Jean Paul.G, he's certainly not shy when it comes to fashion and does wear most of the very designs for sales in his stores.

Christoffer: Tackar för att du har tittat förbi =)

chuk_etcetera said...

I love this blog you have a way of revealing so much substance in an industry that many outsiders consider very superficial.

I wanted to know the designer of the picture with those futurist glasses, if you dont mind.

iluwfashion said...

chuk: The shades are by Dior Homme.

chuk_etcetera said...

much thanks, keep up the insightful writing friend.

Jurr said...

that was intense. wicked post dude. very thought-provoking. keep up the wicked blog.

Jason said...

posts like this makes this blog head and shoulders above others. keep up the good work for us thinking people!!

-h said...

there's a rick owens interview where he mentions the designer taking the bow at the end of the runway in all black, he referred to it as saying, "it's not possible", and for him he wanted to show that what he puts on the runway is possible. i dont explain it as well as rick owens, so here is the link to it.