Thursday, May 10, 2012
This is not a fashion blog
This is not a fashion blog. I don't do today's outfit posts, I don't review foundations and lipsticks and I will never comment on the latest H&M collection. I may occasionally write a line or two about where they stole their ideas, but that's a very different matter.
It's not that I don't care about fashion, it's that I sometimes care too much.
It's not that I don't think it's important because I know it's one of the few things that really matter.
Fashion to me is so much more than clothes, accessories, styles and trends, it's something beyond brands, beyond the color of the spring or the length of a skirt. Fashion is a statement. It says that there is something more to life, something so much prettier than the ordinary and mundane. Fashion is a slap in the face of mediocrity and a finger to those who claim we must settle for less. Fashion is the dream of things that could be; the dream of things that could be is fashion.
Fashion is not about collective trends or being what everyone else already is or wants to be, and not about being different for the sake of being different. It's about breaking the rules and setting examples based on your own convictions and ideals. Fashion does not discriminate, it does not care about who you are, where you came from or what you look like. Fashion is knowing how to write "fuck you" on someone's bathroom mirror before you leave, using just the right shade of lipstick.
I remember a quiet funeral years ago, an aunt had died and mother insisted I'd participate in the mourning. I remember stepping up to the open casket, 6 years old, looking into it and seeing the beauty inside. I remember wanting to reach in and touch it, to have it for myself and to save it from destruction: the flowing raven black charmeuse miracle, a 1950's strapless Dior dress. That's when I first knew I love fashion.
Fashion is the only war worth fighting, a battle against the idea that life is and has forever to be subdued and gray.
Fashion is beauty, and that is what I write about. This is not a fashion blog but a blog about the things that make life worth living. It's never easy, sometimes it hurts so much you feel as if your going to fall apart, but that's the way it has to be. Without that pain we would never be able to know what it's like to be happy, and without the prosaic and banal we would never be able to know fashion.
If you feel the way I do then spread the word. Feel free to quote me or to do it in your own words, but this is my challenge: write about fashion in a way that goes beyond the outfit post, because if fashion is beauty then this is without a doubt a fashion blog.