When the going gets tough I often find myself submerging my head and body in all matters fashion. In the midst of reading the news on-line and the twitter updates on the Arizona shootings. I often find refuge in fashion when I find times too difficult. But as I started to write two outstanding fashion articles the momentary 'buzz' is so short lived I feel that my fashion dealer has sold me talcum powder.
Of course I'm talking figuratively but why do I feel that fashion is in dire straights in terms of editorial, marketing and in general. Within the mire that is the what to wear, who to wear, what to think there are some shining lights but overall not enough to lift my fashion spirits.
What I think is really of no consequence, but here's my ten pence worth.
1. Don't make your best creative director ever the creative director at large - ref Barney's. Wrong on every level. Mainly suggests panic. It has never worked in football. When the club's boards have a good team manager and then go and install a director of football, invariably one of them leaves and mainly with cross words behind doors. The team manager by the way is the one with the real clout. Read Dennis Freedman as team manager and Simon Doonan as director of football. Trust me it will end in tears.
2. Brown is not the new Black. Nothing is the new black. Riccardo Tisci do not make pointless statements. Black is black, right Sister Wolf?
3. The lengths of skirts. Really give it up now. The last time when there was only one skirt shape/length de rigueur was the 1940s. It all went downhill in the 1950 when the horror of it there were two skirt shapes, the full skirt (re Dior's continuation of the New Look) and the sassy pencil skirt. Despite any attempt by fashion editorial to direct us to x and y I firmly say 'whatever'.
4. Stop dressing up the perennials as anything other than the same stuff every year. I give you stripes/nautical/military/white/colour/anything. This spring summer is no different from last year, the year before and the year before that. New fabrics, maybe, new cuts, sort of, new directions - no sorry seen it, done it go the t-shirt. (Actually I did, an original Dukes of Hazards one in orange for 0.99 on ebay during a brief moment of relaxation and relapse)
5. Words. The vocab needs to change. I cannot tell you how bored I am by the current crop of rehashed clichés. I'm sure I don't need to list any but if I said muse for starters you'll get the rest. Oh and my all time favourite, 'the A listers favourite....'
6. The fashion debate - there isn't one.
7. Designer collections for high street stores - don't bother, pretty please, no more. It has become a pantomime.
8. Models/Celebs as designers - no. See the collection that was Lindsay Lohan for Ungaro and then see the collection that is Giles Deacon for Ungaro. I rest my case (VB I'm only letting you off the hook as I'm soft like that)
There we go, ah, I feel better for that....I might rise above it all again and take in some air.