With Paris Couture Week being behind us now, it is probably a good time to talk about something that has been on our minds for some time.
In one of our recent trips to Paris, we had a sudden revelation on one of our shopping excursions. While passing by a rather well known brand’s boutique, which we will leave a mystery, we stopped to think whether someone would really spend $2,500 on a pair of shoes that was neither comfortable nor stylish. Don’t get us wrong, we would strap on a pair of heels, no matter how uncomfortable, and spend a night in pain just for the sake of admiring the beautiful piece that is completing our outfit, but this particular shoe was seriously not worth that effort.
That got us thinking: has fashion gotten too ugly? The answer to that might, in fact, be “yes”.
Take Vetements for example. When you look at their runway shows and their most recent collection, you could see the impracticality and downright lack of beauty in some of their advertisements.
So how can they continue to have a consumer base?
Fashionista writer, Andrea Cheng, poses a convincing explanation.
In an age where social media has become the hub for fashion, rather than Paris or Milan, many fear “being basic” and would like to do anything it takes to stand out. Fashion bloggers have found their own little fame-corner and influencers have found success due to Instagram. So, in an effort to be unique, many really go the extra mile…and perhaps go a little too far. Designers, knowing this need, have very astutely made this observation and have acted quickly to fill this niche.
But, is this an insult to the fashion industry? Should fashion really be beautiful, or is fostering creativity really what fashion is all about. We tend to agree more strongly with the latter, but we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Tell us, what’s up with fashion these days?