Thursday, February 22, 2007
A shaded view indeed
Today, on the very influential outsider-fashion website, A Shaded View on Fashion, some of the biggest shows in the biz got slammed! About Fendi, a contributer to the weblog wrote, "it was all so boring and repetitive, i almost fell asleep," and in reference to D&G, stated what very well may be on the minds of many too timid to say it aloud, "is this creation? Not at all. (It's) too derivative." Gucci was called, "that soulless stuff that sells like crazy." (D&G left, Gucci right)
Lauded as a professional cynic of the high-fashion industry, Diane Pernet and her contributers often criticize the institutionalized fashion system. Blogging from the fringes of fashion - that is, outside of having to be held accountable to magazines, and advertisers - allows for a brutally honest take on high commercial fashion. Yes, fashion is a business. But many fashion bloggers come to the world of style from a different angle, and demand more than simply clothes that fit well. They seek and demand concepts, artistry and innovation. Outsider artist Jean Dubuffet once wrote "Art doesn't go to sleep in the bed made for it; it would sooner run away than say its own name: what it likes is to be incognito. Its best moments are when it forgets what its own name is". If that's the case, then many high-fashion designers have a long way to go before their collections are considered 'art.'