Has Fashion Become Too Convenient

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.

 

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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.

Yvette xo

 

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  • sgstyling

    Honestly, think Vetements is a satire, a “jokes on you” kind of brand lah! I feel its mocking the fashion world, because they go and buy $300 DHL shirt. And if it’s not a satire, then it’s definitely an insult to fashion enthusiasts. The fact that they are sold out all the time says a lot about us as consumers.. Why is it that everyone just needs to create a phenomenon around something ah?! I can accept normcore because its a category of style NOT a brand like Vetements. Even the latest news on them on Fashion Law has a hilarious article on the possibility of a lawsuit: Vetememes versus Vetements

    http://www.thefashionlaw.com/h

    It all seems like a massive joke within industry outsiders? Vetements almost seemed like they were trolling the industry and now they are being trolled. Even Gsavalia has come out and said there is no artistic meaning behind any of it, so I don’t understand its purpose lah! Makes my blood boil! And with that, it brings me to my next question, what does this all mean for Balenciaga? To me, Balenciaga is not a “joke’s on you” house. Is Demna Gvasalia going to bring that to Balenciaga? I am holding out hope that he has something else in store for all of us fashion enthusiasts lah!!

    • very interesting! but I feel like everyone copies each other in the end. there’s no originality at this point.

  • Veejay

    This reminds me of that Balmain collection from the late 2000s that had
    all the ripped t-shirts and sweaters. I thought it was a cool collection
    (more for the leather pants and jackets), but I remember talking about
    it with a friend and she couldn’t comprehend buying a t-shirt with holes
    in it for hundreds of dollars.
    Whatever, if people want and have $300 to blow on a DHL t-shirt then so be it. I’d rather get the $14.99 factory direct version. Although Margaret Zhang pulled it off impeccably.

  • whenHarrymetSally

    On the topic of Vetements, I’ve been wondering ever since I saw Selena Gomez photographed in their red sweatsuit. Wondering if she was gifted them by their PR as part of the marketing campaign to claim their coolness. It’s so far beyond what clothing costs to make, market and have a profit. I might feel differently if there is a story that their seamstresses, fabric makers are being paid 10x industry average and that they are helping build a school in India where the cotton is farmed. It seems so arbitrary on how they did their pricing, and frankly their designs aren’t even original!

  • fancydaint

    I am loving those uneven hemmed jeans! And comfort in fashion is a necessity, I don’t know about DHL t-shirts for $400 dollars (tho it’s sold out! so it must mean something) but I advocate comfort over any given trend.

  • I still enjoy dressing normcore and it’s pretty mainstream now. I don’t think is a fad.

  • Nathalie x WoahStyle

    Oh normcore. I will never tire of thee.

    xo, Nathalie
    http://www.woahstyle.com/