Hedi Slimane’s collections for Saint Laurent continue to convince me that he is perpetually stuck inside the mind of a fourteen-year-old girl longing to be Kate Moss, and his most recent for Fall/Winter 2014 was no exception.
Fangirls continue to fawn over the fashion world’s continuous stream of unhealthy figures, seemingly in denial that a good 90% of these bodies are formed via illness, or worse…well aware and not the least bit alarmed.
Since I was a teen shopping in his stores, the Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries has been harping on his strict preference for “good-looking people” when it comes to who he wants buying his clothes and working in his stores. So am I bummed that his company is struggling? Not quite.
In light of Cathy Horyn’s resignation from The New York Times and a recent article proclaiming that fashion blogs are “making us dumber,” I decided to explore how, together, these moments represent a larger transformation in the industry: one that shuns individuality and criticism for trend driven group-think.
Why must you convince me, Zara, that life without that Celine-esque sheath is the definition of real struggle?
In case you, too, are fed up with the fashion sphere’s selective cheering for a small subset of the blogger population, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite sites to revisit, coupled with my reasoning for why that is–namely, an absolute pride and confidence in their femininity (and not femininity as defined by the upper echelons of society).
Is it just me, or are all of these high-meets-low designer collaborations shoved down our throats with barely any room for critique or authentic reflection?
“This is a forced discussion that happens every fashion season, and it’s tiring. As a black woman, I see the ocean of white come out on the catwalk and I’m unfazed. Welcome to life as a black person!” And more opinions on the subject, after the jump.
The colossal veneration hurled towards street style stars, bloggers, and specific brands is often so zealous as to be frightening, if not downright creepy. Herewith, a further exploration of that topic.