“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Yves Saint-Laurent
As I watched, on Live Stream, the comings and goings at the MERCEDES-BENZ sponsored New York Fashion Week shows, held from February 6 – 13, I was reminded of both the creative genius and the ephemeral nature of fashion. What we see today will disappear tomorrow and show up again ten years later. So if you hold onto key pieces, there is always room to mix and match old and new and … viola! one day you’re back in fashion again.
Last summer, I saw the Punk Chaos to Couture retrospective at the Met Museum and it brought back memories of my punk rock moments in my teen years. Of course, what the Museum showed was the top designer versions of punk street wear. Like every other impatient teen, I flitted from one fashion look to the next; Punk rock to Sloane wear, the mini, maxi, midi and everything in between. Years later, I still love and follow fashion but not blindly.
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. Coco Chanel
But what about the fad part of it? Every fashionista worth her Louboutins or Blahniks knows that while it’s fun to keep up with the latest trends, what really distinguishes the fashionably dressed from the fashion forward is Style. When we look at the collections each season, we see the brilliant creativity of the designers. However, by the time they hit the street, the stylish fashion mavens will modify, stylize or even transform the look to suit their taste.
After the runway shows, the major top store buyers will order what their clientele need with some changes made, and the trendy faddists will pick up what they can at showroom sales or designer shops. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with being trendy, but true style transcends trendiness. Who comes to mind when you think of style? A few names come to mind…