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“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Yves Saint-Laurent

FAD: Trends Past and Present

FAD: Trends Past and Present

FAD: 2013 Punk Couture Retrospective at The Met Museum

FAD: 2013 Punk Chaos to Couture Retrospective at The Met Museum

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

FAD: Trends Spring and Fall 2014

FAD: Trends Spring and Fall 2014

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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“So soon as a fashion is Universal, it is out of date.”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

FAD: Trends Street Style in Spring  2014

FAD: Trends Street Style in Spring 2014

FAD: Trends Street Style in Fall 2014

FAD: Trends Street Style in Fall 2014

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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.


Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

28 Comments leave one →
  1. 21/02/2014 11:35 am

    I am such a thrifty person, I tend to stick with clothes that are classics. Something that will hold up through the years. I hate spending a lot of money on something, only for it to be considered out of style a few months later.

  2. 21/02/2014 11:59 am

    I’m not a fashiony person at all. I know when things look good, but never pull them together myself.

  3. 21/02/2014 12:50 pm

    I love fashion, but ever since I gained weight, not so much. I plan on going to the gym soon and getting on a weight loss program soon, and then I will get back into fashion again. Some of the styles for Spring are really cute.

  4. 21/02/2014 12:54 pm

    Sometime some of the new fashions really surprise me. Like do people REALLY wear that stuff out in public. You see it in fashion shows, but not real life.

  5. TripleZmom (@triplezmom) permalink
    21/02/2014 1:55 pm

    I don’t even know what’s stylin anymore. I used to think of myself as fashionable but now, not so much.

  6. 21/02/2014 2:24 pm

    I am a fashion person but my budget or should I say my wallet is not. I love taking some of the run way ideas and making my own frugal version of it. some of the out of the world ideas are just for attention to get their name out there and talked about I learned that when I attended Toronto fashion week assisting a celebrity hair stylist.

  7. 21/02/2014 3:18 pm

    i’m horrible at this kind of thing I would to have someone spend the day with to tell me what would look nice on me from colors to style. My dream is to have a makeover one day and to be taught how to be a girl.

  8. 21/02/2014 3:27 pm

    I grew up very poor, so I just never learned to care about fashion. I know what I like and that is what I buy.

  9. 21/02/2014 7:50 pm

    I love the Coco Chanel quote! I’m not really into high fashion, but attending a show sounds like fun.

  10. 21/02/2014 8:23 pm

    I love the quote you included by Coco Chanel. It is so true. Clothing fashion tends to be a little on the weird side to me but I love what she said. The whole world has Fashion.. Its not just in what we are wearing!

  11. 21/02/2014 8:57 pm

    I’m not trendy in the least. I usually stick with jeans and a shirt…dressing up on Sunday in slacks. Before kids I was all about fashion but since them I’ve been too depressed with my body 🙁

  12. toughcookiemommy permalink
    21/02/2014 9:01 pm

    It’s so true that some styles are timeless and look beautiful and classic well past the point of their inception.

  13. 21/02/2014 11:09 pm

    I’m definitely not a fashionista, but I do like to be stylish on a budget.

  14. 21/02/2014 11:19 pm

    I’m not into fads, but some I really end up liking like the hi-low dresses that came out last year & the year before.

  15. pamatiw permalink
    21/02/2014 11:51 pm

    I am not into fashion as much as I use to be but I do enjoy looking at it. I prefer to stick with the clothes that I can wear for several years and they don’t really go in or out of fashion.

  16. 22/02/2014 1:14 am

    I honestly don’t understand fashion. They’re just always coming up with clothes that normal people rarely wear.

  17. Goz permalink
    22/02/2014 1:51 am

    fabulous post.. fashion fades but style is eternal indeed! enjoyed my read..

  18. 22/02/2014 3:00 am

    I simply wear what i think looks good on me and what i like i can not always keep up with so called fad’s never have the time lol.

  19. 22/02/2014 5:30 am

    This is such a great post! I agree that some styles are timeless and look beautiful and classic well past the point of their inception.

  20. 22/02/2014 5:38 am

    I remember the kids going through a punk rock phase in fashion. 🙂 My mom wouldn’t let me partake… but I did think it was cool. 😉

  21. Ashley Bunker (@bloggychic) permalink
    22/02/2014 8:54 am

    I am all fashion on a budget, lol. Though I do love seeing all the new looks and trends come out every year.

  22. 22/02/2014 4:06 pm

    It’s definitely funny to see styles come back around. Right now I’m loving vintage/retro clothes.

  23. 22/02/2014 4:57 pm

    I agree- I never give into fads! I like classic pieces that are timeless. My daughter is into fads but she’s young and can get away with most of them!

  24. 22/02/2014 6:03 pm

    I see some of the fads coming back! I love the classic pieces!

  25. Mina Slater permalink
    22/02/2014 6:59 pm

    I love fashion! I have to admit, I often feel like kicking myself for getting rid of “out of style” clothes. I still wear the same sizes I did in high school so seeing how trends get recycled, I wish I had kept a few cool pieces I had years ago. I don’t mind spending on key pieces I know I can use again or incorporate into the next season somehow.

  26. asmithblogs permalink
    23/02/2014 5:58 am

    I like the classic pieces. Audrey Hepburn never goes out of style!:)

  27. prettyopinionated permalink
    23/02/2014 12:38 pm

    I’m not really a fashionista, as I spend most of the day in my pajamas. I really love classic looks though, things that never go out of style.

  28. 23/02/2014 7:10 pm

    Well, I tend to like the trends that come along – gives me an excuse to buy something new LOL

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