Sigrid Agren at Chanel Fall 2013
Kate Moss being iconic at Louis Vuitton Fall 2013
Well, I would not even buy anything from Saint Laurent FW13 if it was in a bargain bin at Walmart and it distresses me to know that there are women who will pay thousands of dollars to look that bad
First of all, thank you!! I feel like most of my responses are just me rambling about nothing so I’m always surprised when people say I write well.
To answer your question, I feel that from a young age I was always very interested in fashion. I would say it started from birth, or just after. I was always ahead of the curve and much more stylish than my peers.
Left: Me, Autumn/Winter 1992. Right: Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2011
Left: Me, Spring/Summer 1996. Right: Junya Watanabe, Spring/Summer 2011
Left: Me, Autumn/Winter 1998. Right: Rick Owens, Autumn/Winter 2007
See what I mean?
In all seriousness though, I wasn’t interested in fashion at all until I was about 14/15. You have to understand that growing up where I lived the most common outfit was probaaaably: jandals (potentially with socks), rugby shorts, and a kathmandu jacket - even in Summer, even in the clubs (I still cannot deal with these jackets to this day because of it). I used to wear ugg boots and thought they were stylish (is this blog-suicide admitting this?? oh well)
Anyway, I don’t really remember how I came across real~ fashion but it started with McQueen and Galliano. I was really drawn by the theatrical elements of those 2 designers specifically.. which is something that makes me sad about today’s fashion. The drama and emotion doesn’t really exist anymore, you know?
Also this whole world really fascinated me, I had no idea that fashion was this big industry worth billions of dollars. That made me really interested - and still interests me to this day. I used to look at Vogue Italia editorials online (because we only had British, American and Australian Vogue and I wasn’t rich enough to buy magazines online at that point) and look at the collections on style.com during class in high school.
That’s the story I guess… I just became really obsessed and thought I would get over it eventually but I didn’t and then I decided I wanted to work in fashion so I did. The end.
It’s not exactly “hard” but if you don’t work in fashion or have connections or some kind of relevance/importance** then you won’t get invited, same as NYFW. Your options in either case are to land a job where your attendance at shows is needed/wanted, become famous or date someone famous, or become a really good client of a designer. You could also also start blogging but you have to have a decent-sized audience and something interesting to say because the blogosphere is over-saturated with “FASHION” blogs and people literally don’t care now (IMO). The industry, and the internet for that matter, does not need any more “”“personal style “”“” blogs with descriptions like “♥A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous!♥♥ -Coco Chanel“ and endless pictures of macaroons, Cara Delevingne, thigh gaps and girls wearing indian headresses.
As much as everyone who loooooooooooooooves fashion would like to go to shows and see all the nice clothes what you have to realise is that the shows are for media and buyers to preview the next season - they are there to do their job. The exclusivity may seem pretentious (and let’s be honest, the industry thrives off this lol) but there’s a reason for it.
That all being said, you don’t need to be invited to go to the show. You could always try sneaking in (this is how Suzy Menkes started off after all) or volunteer.
**I use these terms loosely
Alexander Wang’s debut reminded me of Dior S/S 12 RTW. Not that the 2 collections are alike at all in terms of aesthetic or vision but they both played it safe, going back into the archives and resting on the roots of the respective houses.
Of course, the difference is that Dior at that point had not yet made an announcement on the new creative director and it was Bill Gaytten, Susanna Venegas and co. who were at the helm following a not so well received Fall 2011 couture collection. Wang’s appointment was made public in November and there has been hype building around his debut since but what was presented at Balenciaga Fall 2013 honestly felt like it was produced by a house with no creative director, as Dior experienced. Very safe, very referential, nothing bad per se, but boring. Commercial even. And empty of any emotion or passion.
Balenciaga has long been at the forefront of continuous innovation. Even when Ghesquiere was not at his best, and even at the very beginning of his tenure, he was still presenting new ideas that stayed true to the history of the house. I’m not going to write Wang off completely yet (I did want to like this) but I don’t think that this collection was as great, or solid, as critics and fans are claiming.
Gareth Pugh Fall 2013
self portraits with trench, paolo roversi for vogue italia, march 2000
Joan Smalls by Collier Schorr for The Last Magazine
Paris Hilton’s twitter