Monday, 24 May 2010

Political Fashion?

10 am: my workday is starting. I'm surrounded by people wearing ridiculously fabulous outfits discussing where is Riccardo Tisci taking Givenchy's essence while a model wearing next to nothing is being photographed. The talk of the day? the latest cover of Vogue Italia, shot by Steven Meisel. When my friend Vanni calls me to say Mandi Lennard is shutting down her PR agency and Gareth Pugh is now represented by Karla Otto, everyone in the room nearly gets a heart attack. So many things going on, I need a croissant breakfast.
7 pm: I'm walking back home from work. Parisians around me seem angry (or at least not at all pleased) at everything. Everyone looks the same... jeans, leather jackets, vespa helmets... Beards for boys and messy, hippyish hair for girls. "Chez moi", I read the news of the day: the world is quickly coming to an end. It's all about evil politicians, bad economy, nature destruction, failure, guilt. In other words, the "real world".
I have been intrugued about this "fashion-reality" duality for some time now. Is fashion unreal? According to all my uni philosophy courses, fashion is a part of reality. There are many realities going on, and fashion is just one of them. Like politics or economy, fashion is a very structured system formed by many characters and with good and bad moments. That has led me to fantasize about how the world would be if "Fashion World" was to be mixed up with "Real World", creating some sort of "Fashion Reality".
Everything would be so very different in a way, but still kind of the same... for instance, history would still of course have taken place, with its higher and lower points and its critical moments. For instance, if you remember your history books, you will recall the European arms race which started on the 1890's and which ultimately lead to the Great War. Well, the fashions of the moment were just as critical as the tense politics:
It would indeed take a world-changing war to create new trends, way more practical and less hideous.
Amongst the most delicate diplomatic moments during the XXth century is the Cold War; a terrible moment which caused a lot of suffering and tension. It should never have happened. Just like those pointy bras which were incomprehensibly fashionable during the peak of the Cold War.

I mean seriously, please, is this some sort of domestic capitalistic interpretation of Soviet missiles? It's the only way I can see it.
A few years after this trend, and still during the cold war, there was another historic mistake: Vietnam. Luckily many people were against this but most of them made a big fashion mistake: dressing as hippies (read barely dressed at all and covered in Woodstock mud).
I'm all for hippy values, peace, love and psychedelia. But I'm slightly disappointed at the hippies's lack of imagination when it came to dressing.
But how would "Fashion Reality" be nowadays? Surprisingly, I think it wouldn't be so very different! We'd still have world leaders, and the world leader number 1 would still America.
Obama is a most remarkable character, stylish, strong, decisive. Adored by many and distrusted by some, but all that doesn't matter; what's important is the fact that he is the one to make the planet's most important decisions. Just like Anna Wintour. In "Fashion Reality" she would dominate the world... Wait, doesn't she already?
And what about France? We don't have Obama, we have Monsieur Sarkozy. Different, to say the least. I confess I have mixed feelings about him.
Then again, in some sort of fictional fashion world, who would rule France? Carine Roitfeld? Maybe not. Maybe it would actually be...Olivier Zahm.
Er... What can I say about him? Way creepier, way greasier and (even if it seems impossible) way smaller than Sarkozy. I think, just for this once, I'll stick to reality and to old Nicolas.
And just for the record...Who would be the Pope? Lady Gaga?
But, in my opinion, the best way about a fashion-ruled world would be the fact that outfits like these would be socially acceptable:

That would make me very happy, as then I wouldn't have to stand the comments of people who keep it too real... "Um, honey, just what are you wearing? I know you work in fashion and all that... But this is the real world!"


  1. wow. what a great post- your writing is so very good. and your work seems like the best job ever-.
    on that note- it would be interesting to see fashion more real life bound- but then i think again- about different designers- they do find inspiration in reality and there are a lot of designers that almost only portrait darkness in their collections. i however do appreciate the brightness and happyness in clothes- so im torn.
    hope youre having a great week darling
    btw.- what and where exactly is your workplace? im really interested so please let me know.

    xx ediot

  2. Hi dear* Must say it was a joy to read your wonderful post* These have been strange days and your writting - so interesting, really made me smile. What a great idea you had, the fashion world. I guess everything would be completely different if Lady GaGa was the Pope and Anna Wintour the president. Well, at least it would be normal to wear amradillo shoes to go to the supermarket, or go to work with an impossible hairdo. Whatever. It makes me think about some comments i have to hear sometimes on the street, simply because of my glasses or shoes..
    Let's live in our own world in our heads, shall we? It would turn everything much easier and then, the others oppinion simply doesn't matter**
    By the way, i've just noticed the photo you have in the side bar about your home. It's unbelievable, so perfect. I've never been in that part of Spain, and now i'm certain that's something to do as soon as possible!

  3. Une réalité parallèle serait fascinante... j'y aurais vu aussi un contexte révolutionnaire peut-être, avec McQueen en Robespierre contre un Yves Saint Laurent monarque timide, etc. etc... époustouflant !
    Parce que dans une réalité faite de sarko et berlusconi (pire encore: de 'premières dames' à la Carla Bruni), 'non ci resta che piangere'...
    Donc chéris ton travail, et plongeons nous dans cet univers parallèle !!!


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