After much thought, and even after all the changes of the most recently passed New York Fashion Week and to the announcements of Designers altering their collections to respond to real time consumer demands. It still leaves me with one question which was sort of left open-ended; but has fashion become too convenient for our liking?
Before we begin our debate, let us pause a moment to carefully think about our arguments, shall we? Our reliance on smart products; i.e., phones, tablets, watches and even t-shirts, and the multifarious conveniences they present: service apps and profound artificial intelligence geared towards making our lives easier — indicate that we don’t just yearn for but expect and demand ease and efficiency.
Seriously though, why take a taxi when you can contract a personal driver through the mere tap of a phone screen?
Don’t tell me that you are still grocery shopping. When you can have a TaskRabbit or Postmate do that for you. Heck, Amazon will even deliver your toilet paper without your having to tell it to – ever again – just schedule it, like an alarm. We have developed and reached this codependent relationship with convenience in our lives and that sentiment is bleeding into fashion — proclaiming through the most recent geographic jigger that now, the ultimate luxury is defined by expediency.
And with that, of course, comes comfort. Has fashion become too convenient? And the answer is yes.
I certainly abide by it, and there is no denying that.
Look at the proliferation of some recent trends as proof. We are seeing structured suits that resemble pajama sets. And need I mention Vêtements by Demna Gvasalia? Echoes of normcore still existing in the streets (not to mention my closet), providing less fodder for fashion magazines, and heels, well, unfortunately have become the exception, no longer the rule, at least among those who walk through the streets. Not to mention, all aforementioned cavings of mine, FYI – and to which in my defense #YOLO – what??
Fashion has long been a window into the cultural zeitgeist, a physical, if not urgently frivolous manifestation of our cultural society. If the comfort factor has made it easier to focus on what’s in front of us on the runway as opposed to what’s in front of us on the sidewalk, perhaps it could be said that with the convenience-switch flipped on, lets kibosh on small talk and make more room for meaningful conversations about the clothes. But in the interim, (at least until we get this shit figured and sorted out), I will continue to run around town in normcore.
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