Fashion is In Desperate Need of Simplicity

Fashion, like almost every professional field, is made up of rules, but at the same time the industry is a sucker for rule breaking. In an effort to be different, innovative, or simply more practical, many brands today chose to show their collections at all different times of the year and consisting of all different types of clothes, regardless of the current "official" season. This phenomenon has become more of a commonality than an exception, resulting in a confusing and frustrating fashion week schedule and distribution of the clothes in stores. For consumers, this translates into uncertainty and, subsequently, skepticism when buying.

Simplicity would be the most beneficial to the industry today. Though bigger is, as a rule, better and nothing is never enough for fashion, what it needs most is a bit of clarity. There doesn't need to be more fashion designers and more shows, just better design. At the end of the day, many problems within the fashion industry, including both the artistic and business/ethical perspectives, go back to the age-old matter of quality versus quantity. Society should, ideally, own fewer and better clothes, and thus the fashion industry should offer fewer and better clothes. Yes, variation and options are a wonderful thing, but it really comes down to quality versus quantity. As I've said countless times before, fashion mirrors society, and right now society seriously needs to reassess its priorities. With the environment and ethics majorly in trouble, it's time to address our relentless desire for more. Fashion, much like the rest of the world, needs to take a step back and get some perspective.

via Milk.



Fashion is No Longer Mysterious, Just Plain Confusing

While designers play musical chairs and high fashion struggles to stay relevant against the practical appeal of fast fashion, both conscious consumers and fashion followers are left in a puzzling state of disorganization. 

A BTS Kendall Jenner posted on Instagram.

Fashion is part necessity and part dream, so therefore an element of mystery plays a key role in fashion's existence. In the pre-technology era, the mystery element in fashion traditionally took form in glamorous photoshoots and coveted couture in shop windows. But with every moment behind the scenes shared online and fast fashion brands copying, reproducing, and distributing designs faster than the original copies, the enigma of fashion has died with the rise of digital accessibility. With the alluring mystery of fashion now a rarity, confusion seems to have taken its place.

Take a scroll through Instagram and you're bound to see countless insider exclusives from designers, magazines, and models alike, not to mention a plethora of BTS shots ("behind the scenes" for those of you with the luxury of living under a rock.) With designer positions, fashion week schedules, and the industry as a whole in upheaval, it's hard to see how an industry so transparent and publicized could possess so much miscommunication and confusion. Maybe it's fashion's never-ending strive towards perfection that leaves an obviously flawed and outdated system of scheduling ignored. But almost everyone in fashion agrees, and has expressed, that the system needs changing and stability.

With the abundance of social media today, there's literally nothing left to imagination (how many times have we seen Kim Kardashian's butt?), and yet plenty of questions go unanswered. Personally, I don't have many questions, just wishes for the future of fashion. As a member of fashion's future, I pledge to maintain the dreamy mystery of fashion by utilizing technology as a tool to spread and share ideas, not to overshare. Fashion, you have my word.

The Met Gala Isn't a Party, It's a Social Statement

Ah, the Met Gala; the party of the year held by the queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour, in the (commercial) fashion capital of the world, New York City. For those of us whose invitation seems to have gotten lost in the mail, the best (and, at the same time, worst) part of the Met Gala is that the entire production is completely shared on social media, from getting ready to arriving to partying, the Met Gala in its superior entirety floods our feeds every year, without fail.

To say that only the best of the best are invited would be a gross understatement; only the most influential and iconic of our time attend the Met Gala. While the decision to invite or not metaphorically lies in Anna Wintour's hands, the guest list of the Met Ball is basically an inventory of today's most popular and powerful within popculture, regardless of Anna's personal opinion of them. 

The most important aspect of the Met Gala, however, is the exhibition and knowledge that it celebrates. The Met Gala is, after all, a museum party. This year's theme of the usage of technology in fashion comes at a turning point within the industry: technology can be either the savior or kiss of death in various areas in fashion. While this theme can be interpreted in either tasteful, metallic ensambles or tacky, robotic arms, it's refreshing to see the commanders and societal stars of our time united under a single theme, under a single roof.

Rachel McAdams in Valentino.

Jared Leto and Florence Welch in Gucci.

Kristen Stewart in Chanel.

Dakota Johnson in Gucci. 


Photos via Vogue.com.