Culture today is harsh. Harsh in the sense we always have to live in boundaries to be considered normal. These rules tell us what to wear, what to think, how to feel and most of all how to be “ourselves”. Really, if we have a higher force telling us how to behave, we aren’t letting our true soul luster out. As children we are always told we can’t play with dolls because we are boys, or that we can't play with trucks because we are girls. Still today straying from this normality, people are considered abnormal. Consequently the general public likes to think they are getting better in acceptance but really it’s becoming a meaningless phrase to reject the act to do something about these boundaries. The truth is we are scared of change. Change of thought, change of mind, and change of familiarity. On the opposite side, things change and should be embraced. This is what I mean by culture is harsh. To have a rich culture can be good but comes with its mindset. The warriors of today are the one who embrace who they truly they are, regardless of being abnormal. Ambiguity is something to embrace.
The present is not all bad; the one industry that seems to harness the fresh flavor that regular cultural boundaries disagree with is fashion. Fashion isn’t just clothing it’s a lifestyle. High fashion is the once place that sees ugly as beauty. Ugly is not even the right word, divergent is more fitting. High fashion has the magic to capture the divergent and release it to the world to love. An illustrative example would be The Blonds. They create art that leaves their audience in a flurry. The men’s wear that sweeps the runway is the least bit of classic man, but appeals to everyone. Now let's say we saw something by Ann demeulemeester walking down the road, people would whisper and comment. These are the cultural boundaries we live in. What makes something okay in the fashion world but not okay in reality? It’s these boundaries we have that we believe in, they handicap us, and we don’t even realize it. We are neglecting our nobility all by these unwritten rules. Then the case that can be made is, why do we have fashion and always look for constant newness, having designers create, if in turn we become scared of it? As stated by Jean Cocteau, “Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.”
Saying all of this, I guess the only way change will happen is if we start small and break walls brick at a time. Stores that exude such steps are like American Apparel. They are breaking out with gender-neutral clothing, from hoodies to pants. Style doesn’t come whether it’s a boys or girls shirts, it’s all how to choose to wear it. Even grate minds that weren’t in fashion such as Oscar Wilde stated, “Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.” It even boils down to accessories such as the ‘man purscoache’ like seen at Coach. Five years ago people would stair at a guy carting around a bag. So progress is evident but it needs to remain constant, and if fashion is the only way we’ll see definite steps we must exploit it in order to be our true self.
This week's Fashionisto is a true individual to embrace his own style. He tells me he like his style to be endogenous, the ambiguity creates excitement. Further in conversation with this Fashionisto he clearly is not one to be tainted by these cultural fringes. For example the shirt is fashion-forward, in classic blue stripes this is simultaneously contrasted with the color red. Therefore this heightens the colors vibrancy. As much as a Fashionisto can wear this shirt so can a Fashionista and rock it in her style. This Fashionisto then matched his shorts in a casual neutral cut offs. The bagginess of the shirt situated with the slimmer shorts cohesively blends for a snap shot polaroid of The Drums. As this Fashionisto shows us Keds are still happening as go to items that are a comfy alternative to regular sneakers. Accessory wise, Ray-Ban sunglasses heighten the out fit with a slick finishing touch.
Fashionisto’s, don’t dwell on being stuck in the same rut of cultural boundaries. Explore fashion and its means to express and whether something can/could be worn by a Fashionista shouldn’t be the turning point, it’s all how you wear it.