I’m keeping in line with new changes on the blog. Which is like HI-LOW frequency. One minute you might get full on “editorial” style bullshit photos and the next I’m posting things that took me no effort at all. Couldn’t give a damn, really.
In 2014 you might have forgotten to bring salt to the table. You keep forgetting to buy it, but since you have a million things running through your mind, it’s fine. But I suddenly remembered that Salt and Vinegar chips are very salty. A seasoned crunch on top of jelly like eggs? Fine with me.
And some more food for thought (while these eggs were great), I just read Cathy Horyn’s latest article and as usual she gets her point across.
“Susan Sontag described a similar shift in the arts in the mid-60s, noting that “the most interesting and creative art of our time is not open to the generally educated; it demands special effort; it speaks a specialized language.” Today, as high fashion moves closer to mass media — with brand-hosted YouTube channels, films, huge spectacles — there is pressure to simplify. I also wonder whether the surge of new brands — their shows often crammed with weird and banal designs — hasn’t caused elite designers to rethink matters. Hence more straightforward clothes.”
“Whether that is a good development or a bad one is not really the concern of fashion designers, though. Their job is simply to reflect their times in a conscious way. In 1965, the year of the baby dolls, the mood was encapsulated by the words on a popular T-shirt in Paris, also observed by Gloria Emerson. It said, in French, “I am free and I am alive.” Since then the quest to be modern — and that is really what we are talking about — has been complicated by a new set of considerations, none of them less valid than wit and imagination. So, while I may not care for Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent, it doesn’t matter. He has grasped modernity in its totality.”
She’s right and all. But what’s she saying? That designers of today should sell out the shameless way bloggers do? I mean should I quickly acquire a new boyfriend and start trolling around 5pm sunlit fields in a bikini and ratty cardigans? Would that be a form of rebelling…I mean I don’t know if I could stomach the prospect. I guess I just couldn’t, even if I had a boyfriend, I’d NEVER subject him to camera wielding while I frolic in the woods….
In terms of business my only point is this. I don’t pay for these “high fashion brands” because these mass market retailers sling cheaper and sometimes better replicas. If everything has been referenced by these top designers within 1 season of another designer doing it before, or if everything is referenced blatantly from the past (as we can all see) then what’s the point of people paying for it? The mass market retailers are swiping these trends, so everyone’s just copying then. I guess the old Warhol Adage is true. We’re all human copying machines. Me? I buy what my taste likes, and I find the cheapest version. That’s 2014 for ya. Unless another Rei Kawakubo comes along to change the game, it’s just what I’ll do for now.