During the last few weeks I have been working in some new projects which have confronted me to yet more new points of view about fashion. I've been collaborating with people who are so very different from the people I normally work with, yet they are part of the industry just like me. They just see fashion in a different way.
Working in the industry, living in France, and knowing how the French (a people I am really fond of, it goes without saying) love to establish completely structured philosophical systems on anything, from existence to politics to pains au chocolat, I often hear the most disparate speeches about what the essence of fashion is.
Also, being Spanish, and knowing how the Spanish never fail to make statements on everything (from politics to the male and female roles to the best way to make gazpacho) with the main purpose of starting controversy, I often hear the most passionate and contrary opinions on the pettiest details of the fashion industry. I love the Spanish feisty character too, it also goes without saying.
Generally speaking, working in an environment in which 80% of the people come from different countries, cultures and backgrounds, I hear, read and see too much information and interpretations every day. Not to mention what a controversial, popular and fascinating conversation subject fashion is. I get confused: fashion is art, fashion is mere money, fashion is exploitation, fashion is cool, fashion is for the elite, fashion is evil, fashion is silly, fashion is Victoria Beckham, fashion is despicable, fashion is everything, fashion is fabulous, fashion is scary, fashion is for idiots, fashion is the paradoxical expression of belonging to a group versus trying to make a difference as an anthropological theory proved by... Slow down!
Maybe I haven't thought that much about fashion, or maybe I'm slightly naïve. I like to think I just see it in a different way...
Fashion might be all of the above, but for me it means mainly creativity, intelligence, audacity and of course... fun! Just like Rock & Roll... It's only fashion!