Thursday, May 10, 2012

This is not a fashion blog

fashion

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.







76 comments:

  1. Oh, in love with this post. Like everything you write, it's very powerful and evocative.

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  2. I just found your blog, I love it, amazing photos. I followed you c:
    x

    www.blamethefireworks.blogspot.com

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  3. loved this, and you. you are so open, i love it.

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  4. Holy shit. That is one of the most beautiful things i ever read.

    You are just so damn right. Fashion is what's inside of you,
    all the things you cannot say, but express with fashion.
    And this 1950 Dior dress sounds like heaven to me.

    Good luck for the award, I will vote for you, because you're blog is just the most wonderful one i know.

    xx, sparkle.

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  5. You fucking said it! Finally! I'm so tired of reading the trite cutesy bullshit that people call fashion blogging. I have wanted to write more about fashion myself but was afraid to be seen as "one of those girls" or shallow or materialistic. Fashion is only the conduit; it's about creating infinite beauty from something as mundane as stitches and seams. Thanks for writing, it's given me courage. :)

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  6. avy, i always thought YOUR blog was about your journey. sharing & telling your stories through the expression of yourself, through your words. for painting images with language, seems to come as natural to you, as breathing is, for some people. your photos may show traces, but are mysterious enough that you don't give too much away. you don't want to spell it out explicitly. people can find the emotions they connect with, & fill in their own blanks. whether they choose to see beyond the surface, or be misinterpreted is their own prerogative. some would say that's a con, in putting yourself out there an artist, however, doesn't it only matter what YOU think anyway? or am i too misconstrued?

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  7. Great post!

    WWW.cancerinthecity.com

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  8. Whoa. Just, whoa.

    You're doing it right.

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  9. Clothes do make the woman...I just don't have the same flair with words ;)

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  10. Thank you for your comment! Your blog is cool and edgy! I like that! Would you like to follow each other?
    xoxo

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  11. So right- I feel exactly the same but would never have found the words.

    Zia
    http://singing-blue.blogspot.ca/

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  12. Beautifully said. :) I'd definitely agree on some points concerning my own blog too. But that's a completely different story there.

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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  13. Just found your blog and really enjoyed the posts!

    flairbybrandi.blogspot.com

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  14. preach girl preach! i'm getting annoyed of how many fashion blogs i'm seeing nowadays. like really? -____- i just agree with you about fashion. have a good one.

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  15. wow love how you write i am getting annoyed at the same old things on each fashion blog and its to my beleif i fall in the category of fashion blogs through this post you have changed my veiw on how we define fashion not as something we wear to get loads of coments and to get other women jelous no we should defy fashion as a passion in which we can't live without very good post

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  16. Thanks for the visit!
    Very unique blog - very inventive and original.

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  17. WOW I really love what you wrote. I am usually always browsing through pictures but girl this made me read every single line :) n Thank you so much for ur comments on my blog. Really appreciate a lot.

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  18. One of your most beautiful posts ever!!

    Love you, Avy. :)

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  19. Awesome post!

    ang-closet365.blogspot.ca

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  20. You have a great writing style! And people are really taking to your blog! (AKA me)

    Love your posts, keep 'em up!

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  21. i agree. fashion is more than just clothes. :))
    hey! wanna follow each other? i hope we can be friends pretty! :)

    http://raellarina.blogspot.com

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  22. Amazing. Everything you say is what I feel but can't write it in words.

    Thank you.

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  23. Beautifully written with such verve and sass! That image of your first experience with death was simply moving! Creative and revealing...your point of view is unparalleled honey! Especially in this fashion blogosphere...it's VERY refreshing when it's about copy for a change! Love this post!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  24. wooow gorgeous! really cool :)
    xx the cookies
    share the feeling
    visit <3
    samecookiesdifferent.blogspot.com

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  25. Beautiful!

    www.constance-victoria.blogspot.com

    x

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  26. you really got it! love how you're writing! awesome!
    kisses from meeresgrund

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  27. Your writing is very inspiring.

    Also, thanks for your link and comment - I am pleased as punch you liked what I had to say :)

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  28. You really got my attention. It's facinating, your writing. It's inspiring, and it's very good written. And the photos are very lovely. I actually can't think of any criticism.

    mariasphotodiary.blogspot.com

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  29. Thank you for your lovely comment! This is a really good post. I like the way you write.
    xoxo

    www.secretsofmissdaisy.blogspot.com

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  30. agrred, fashion is a part of life you can never be seperated with.

    www.reinhardtkenneth.blogspot.com X.

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  31. That was SO TRUE!!!! i really think fashion goes beyond brands and latets collectios. Is the way we live, how we talk, walk even how we smile...

    www.meryswardrobe.blogspot.com

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  32. I don't think anyone could've said all this any better.

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  33. hey, which program do you edit your photos?

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  34. Great explanation! Fashion is definitely beauty :)

    katiesbliss.com

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  35. the bloggers have almost ruined it, but texts like yours have the potential to bring it back; the magic. because what's the point in fashion if its just a cloth on an average person with good photography and photoshop skills? bring back the dreams, Avy.

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  36. Yup, agreed.


    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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  37. you have amazing photos!!!<3

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  38. Well, I think I just fell in love with the first picture. Keep inspiring me!!!

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  39. Holy shiz, Avy! Well said. I freakin' love this post. I will quote you.. you can count on that. Thank you for being an inspiration.

    Muchhhhh love to you, girl!

    xx Love & Aloha

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  40. so many beautiful pictures on your blog - very nice blog :)

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  41. darling pictures and an absolutely lovely and insightful blog post. x

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  42. Love it! My favourite quote of yours: "Fashion is knowing how to write "fuck you" on someone's bathroom mirror before you leave, using just the right shade of lipstick". Great!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    ~ Clare x

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  43. Your post just inspired me. Thank you for this little wave you brought my heart.

    'Fashion is the only war worth fighting, a battle against the idea that life is and has forever to be subdued and gray.'

    Can't agree more.

    xx

    http://bloomingflame.blogspot.com

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  44. Fashion is art, it's all what you make it. Very thought provoking post.

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  45. 100% fashion is beauty and this is without a doubt a fashion blog. You are such a wonderful writer and that will always be beautiful. Xxxx

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  46. Well Done! that's the great and so true point about fashion!
    love it!

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  47. The pictures are just incredibly dreamy!!Also, thank you so much for the nice comment on my blog :)
    -P.
    Bowtie Diary

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  48. Seriously, normaly i never read so much text on blogs. But when I read the first phrases I wanted to know how this post is gonna end. I love the way you think about fashion and life, very unique :).

    I'm gonna follow you. And by the way: thanks for you comment!

    www.inass-myfashion.blogspot.com

    xoxo Inass

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  49. amazing! you're one of my new favourite blogs heh xx

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  50. Love ur pics. And I really Agree with your point of view about fashion! I think its beyond of everything that people's think.

    <3

    http://magnifiquem.blogspot.com.ar/
    mAgnifique

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  51. I just nominated you and also 'liked' your post with a personal message on my personal facebook page. :)
    Daphne.

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  52. Wow! You really do have a talent as you have the ability to move people through your words which appears to be done so effortlessly. I think this is the first blog that's made me want to read everything thats ever been posted. Never stop posting.

    LOVE your blog :) Xx

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  53. Divinely written - once again. Accurate.So Accurate.x

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  54. I am forever in love with your words and your photography xo

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  55. Thank you for your writings, they're such an inspiration. And thank you for coming around our blog and leaving a comment. If you would'nt have done that, we never get the chance to recognize your blog.

    xoxo

    http://factorygoods.blogspot.com

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  56. I love reading about everything what happens with you. Interesting! And there are such amazing pictures on your blog!

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  57. Hi Avy, new follower to you interesting and articulate blog. You have redefined what fashion means with your powerful words. I'm truly inspired. Very happy to have found your blog.

    neha.

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  58. I just favorited the link to this post, and named it "beautiful".
    I'll read it the next time I feel lost.
    Thank you

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  59. You've penned down beautiful about what fashion is to you..

    kudos!!
    following u already! (:

    <3

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  60. "Fashion is knowing how to write "fuck you" on someone's bathroom mirror before you leave, using just the right shade of lipstick."

    Perfection...

    ~MLM

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  62. I saw that you started to follow my blog and I've been reading some of your posts and came across this one! I absolutely love your style and views on the world. It's so refreshing, raw, and incredibly real. I can't wait to read more. I'm going to take this post as inspiration for my own blog.

    Thank you,
    Kelsey

    GlamByKelsey.blogspot.com

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