“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…
“So soon as a fashion is Universal, it is out of date.” Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
I think it’s important to be one step ahead of the curve with fads. Enjoy them and move forward or you’ll become a fashion victim. As Conway Twitty said, “Fads are the kiss of death. When the fad goes away, you go with it.” At the end of the day, it’s imperative to be comfortable with your fashion choices. The most stylish women are both confident and at ease in their clothes – they wear the clothes not vise versa. Regardless of your fashion choices and what you choose to wear, what matters is that you wear it with a twist; Make it yours, Be brave, be bold and smile…. You look marvelous!
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post Prompt: New Sensation … No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’. Photographers, artists, poets: show us FAD.
Positive Motivation Tip: Fashion is what Designers offer to the marketplace. Style is what we choose to make of those designer offerings.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via Wikipedia