Reflection on The Big College Debate: How Fashion Shapes Identity

12 Aug 2013

Everything in this world is at constant changing situation. If you think something has not changed, well, think again because I guarantee that it did. And who should be the one to blame? --> Time. Society changes, opinions and decisions are modified, therefore politics and beliefs changes. What else?  Technology is just like a kid in halloween with all the candies available, the kid just wants more and more and won't stop in the journey. Another thing that is at a constant change is the world of fashion and oh boy how fast it goes! It waits for no one. One minute is this X trend and as soon as you give your first blink it already moved on to the Y trend. We all gotta keep up with the speed. Or do we?

I LOVE fashion I won't deny it. Sometimes I find myself SO involved that I let myself go but where is MY identity in this whole thing?  While I was surfing the internet at my usual 4:00 am moments I came across an article that entitled  "The Big College Debate: How Fashion Shapes Identity" in Vogue news. This interesting debate associates with the students of Condé Nast to analyze how "Fashion is often cited as playing a crucial role in how we develop personal identity. " For me was a BOOM moment because that question was like the enlightenment that Buda received in one of his journeys. Yes, fashion is a very glamourous world with incredible collections every season. But thats not everything fashion is. There is a whole lot more of what Fashion really is, what it really means. 

You might be all like "ah duuuuhhhh of course Fashion represents identity, thats why style is there" but I wanna tell you guys that sometimes people do forget that main idea of fashion. As I used this quote in one of my previous posts, "Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are". We should use trends as doors to represent our identity and we should be the ones to chose which door to open into our lives. Personal identity is really important since it represents our uniqueness and personality and the way we dress says a lot. 
Fashion is not a single variable moving forwards by itself, there are so many other variables that follows such as history and sociology. If you think about it, why did fashion in the 50's -80's were so crazy? Because there was a boost in the way humans acted which was related to the advancement of music towards the pop genre, art, traditions, it was a time that demanded freedom and flexibility.  The clothing style was outbursting in colors, shape, cuts and openness that did reflect those times in comparison with the style of the 20's in which was focused in a more reserved manner with that sweet, light sophistication that femininity should be only seen as. 

Now we live in an era that we can chose whoever we want to be. If we want to represent our crazy, wild side then we have trends and brands that can do that job(like Versace). And if we are more of the reserved, serious, classy woman, we also have trends that can take care of that (Valentino maybe). Thats the wonder of this time, that we have so many options available NOW than we had before so personality does speak louder everywhere you go, either in the streets, in your job, school, runways. So we gotta be thankful for our friend "Time" which allowed us to move forward and discover many things along the way. 

Who knows what trends would be in 50 years from now (maybe clothes that are entirely built with bulbs) but hopefully it will still allow us to represent who we are, by helping us shape our identity.

A few nail designs...

7 Aug 2013

Lately I've been obsessed in painting my nails. But not just a plain color, but to add something more. The resources we have now for nail art are just wonderful and it does help when you feel like decorating your nails in a more creative way. Here are some of the things I've been doing lately: :)

Mots dits

6 Aug 2013

I love quotes. It just gives me more confidence and feel that I can do anything in this world! (but then that eventually fades away and then just keep reading more quotes!) Here are some of my favorite quotes from various different designers or important people within the industry that has conquered the world: Fashion.

"I know what women want. They want to be beautiful" - Valentino

This quote is very simple as its meaning, women just want to be beautiful, thats it. There might be women that are not really into fashion, like shopping and dressing up is just hell for them, but that does not mean that they give up completely on who they are as a woman and what they represent as the feminine sex. We all want to feel beautiful in our unique ways. I strongly believe that whenever you feel beautiful, the confidence level you acquire just bust up greatly that if there are actually aliens in another galaxy they will feel that power of confidence that radiates from you.

"But fashion is doing its job. It's mirroring exactly our times."- Bill Cunningham

I recently saw the documentary of Bill Cunningham directed by Richard Press and is just amazing. It really transmits that reality that there is in a way in the fashion industry and in life itself. Bill does not accept the glamor and luxurious type of life that the fashion industry can offer, the documentary even shows moments in which he rejects money earned from his amazing and notorious works. It is a fact that what Bill does is magnificent and it is not professional photography (as he claims many times in the documentary) but yes it is a fine work from the passion and inspiration that comes within a human being, and that is what makes Bill's photographies unique. He does not follow what people tell him to do but rather he does what his passion tells him to do. Another fact is that we do not all agree with some fashion trends, and as Bill says in this quote, the trends are doing their function and that is reflecting the cultural times the world is going through. Valentino's opinion regarding the 80's style he believed that it was just disgraceful to fashion but hey, it was the culture back then. Wether we hate it or love it, the trend is reflecting just how the world is at that time.

"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live" - Gianni Versace

Sure that trends in fashion do reflect the periods of time of our era but that does not mean that each one of us should behave like soldiers of fashion, following the exact steps of do's and don'ts. The decision that matters is our own. We are dressing our body so we are the ones to know best. Like each one of us owns an identity and personality, each one of us also own our distinctive and unique style. We shouldn't accept ALL the upcoming trends and welcome them into our closet, if its not of our interest then what is it worth? After all fashion should not be matter of "copy cats" but rather a way of expression, and thats what Sir Versace (may him rest forever in peace) said. This is what I say " Don't let trends chose you, let yourself chose the trends" ;) oh yeash.

"Fashion is not beautiful, neither is it ugly. Why should it be either? Fashion is Fashion" - Anna Wintour

I like to relate this quote to another quote--> "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". As Anna said that fashion is just fashion, it is out there the way it is. The style will be grabbed by certain costumers that find it beautiful not certainly the whole entire world. So yeah, fashion is just fashion. "It is what it is" - Mamma from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo :p

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