When I tell people I'm studying fashion in school, I usually get the "Oh... fashion... how easy" or the "Oh you must be a snob". Well I'll tell you what, that is not the case! As cheesy as it is, fashion can be fun. Just look at the video below, Vogue Paris has done an entire production of "Wake Me Up" to launch their newly done website. Emmanuelle Alt is full on singing AND dancing in this video.
There are so many amazing people in fashion, so many great personalities, so many intelligent individuals, how can people believe we are all mindless followers. If you think about it, the fashion industry really does control what you wear everyday. Just like Miranda Priestly's rant from The Devil Wears Prada...It's all true!
Just look at Scott Schuman's Lunch For 25. Imagine the conversation at these tables? The ideas, the creativity, the atmosphere! I would love to be part of something like that. Garance, when is the women's lunch!?
Last year at one of Carine Roitfeld infamous parties, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti did an impressive rendition of Frank Sinatra's My Way. It's a youtube viral now.
“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 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.”
You can't be a naive advocate for all things glittery. You have to be smart. You need to know the history of the industry, what has worked well and what hasn't. It helps to be able to memorize the last ten years in RTW shows, to actually carry on a conversation that shows you are serious about fashion. But above all, remembering that fashion is fun. So the next time you consider what an “ice queen” or what close minded people we are, think about why the most gorgeous people on the planet are part of the industry, or what about the fact that it's a multi-billion dollar industry. Oh and we throw the best parties. Obviously.
But hey, I didn't say it wasn't stressful...and that's a whole other rant.