Fashion is a curious thing, it’s an endless quest to create something new by re-inventing the past. Over the years, I’ve seen the trends, if that word still even makes sense, come back, disappear then re-appear again with slight nuances. Nowadays, trends themselves become more and more inaccurate as we’ve all understood it so well : we have the capacity to shape them ourselves. There are no rules, or limitations in fashion anymore. After all, there’s a really slight gap between trendy and overdone, which leads many to voluntarily unfollow the trends and go their own way. It’s fascinating to see how we’ve faced such a big democratization in the fashion industry these last couple of years, with social media, giving people so much freedom to showcase their creativity and break the rules, set new codes. If years from now it was so “easy” to be different because most were following the same trends, today originality is not original anymore as we all strive to be unique.
I find that fashion should be a personal experience, it’s a very introspective process where we choose to say something about ourselves through our appearance. It’s how we choose to portray ourselves to society. There is no right or wrong, there is only harmony. Just like in music. The will to be different, and on the other hand to belong to a certain style ideology become the two major forces that I’ve noticed to shape our current fashion aesthetics. If being different sounds so positive and that “following” a certain aesthetic can almost appear to have a certain negative connotation, I think that both of these perspectives bring something interesting to the table. Because think about it, it’s exactly what fashion is today : we take something we already know, a style, a look, an aesthetic that already exists, and we apply to it our own inspiration, our own outlook, our will to differentiate it from anything existant, and therefore create something new and innovative. While the unique will to be different itself can appear quite individualistic, almost like you’re trying too hard, or the will to blend into an aesthetic allowing yourself no flexibility to explore outside the box, both become so restrictive.
The people I know who have the best style are the ones who are just playing with it, who don’t think about it so directly and just follow their instincts, their moods to create something close to how they feel… They’re not thinking about how unique they want to be, or how terribly they want to look like a certain person. They are sensitive to their own state of mind, and by doing that, they have the capacity to create something so truly authentic and custom made that anybody could have the capacity to copy it. Take a look at Iris Apfel, she says it so beautifully : “I don’t have any rules, I just see a piece and simply know if it’ll work or not”. After all, the market is so saturated, there are so many brands out there, so many talented designers pushing the limits of creativity that innovation has become a slower, more complex process than ever. So much has already been done, from extreme minimalism to over the top everything… The industry is so hard to impress, and as consumers we’re all a bit jaded too. So what does really stand out? I say, spontaneity. Playing by ear, that’s the only way to have fun with fashion and to allow ourself to truly create something new. It’s like when you enter your kitchen, you have two options, either you cook something you know, from a recipe or something your family has taught you, or you figure out what you can do with what you have in your fridge. What’s the mood of the day? Pasta? Fish? Maybe a salad to keep it light. Some will do what they know to do best and some, out of a sudden spark of thought, will add this magic ingredient that’ll change the whole flavor. You’ll excuse my food comparison, but it just made sense to me. And now I’m hungry again.
With all of this being said, guys, be creative. Don’t restrict yourself and especially don’t think about it too much. Allow yourself to explore and listen to your own instincts. If you are to busy concentrating on a certain preconception of what you have to be like, you might loose the opportunity to act out spontaneously, and therefore the chance to stumble upon something deeply personal and truly unique to yourself. The look of the day is all about this sweater which has a great story. It is from United Colors of Benetton‘s capsule collection called “A Collection of Us” with this one in particular from the Archive line. It’s a collection inspired by the past with a future orientation, created around the journey through the history of the brand. The 60ies were a very important moment for the fashion industry and is this cashmere sweater’s main inspiration. This is why I chose to call this post Twiggy, as it’s the first thing I think about when I hear sixties. These big eyes with it’s long, doll looking eye lashes that I wanted to recreate in this post. Enjoy.
OUTFIT OF THE DAY
TOP : Benetton
PANTS : Kenzo
SHOES : Kenzo