Hi everyone ! So as I told you in January (god, it’s been such an awful long time), I want this blog to start focusing on other matters than my mere outfits. I do love sharing my closet with you, but I woud like this blog to be more than that. Besides, I don’t exactly enjoy detailing all my outfits as how much I love this lace or what I did today is not that very interesting, and as they are pretty much the same as you can see on plenty of other blogs (I hope mine are a little different, but my retro touch is way too ‘mainstream’ now I might wonder if I ever rocked it without being interested in being on trend !).
I started blogging to chronicle my personal style evolution, so I could see myself changing through the seasons and years. But then I started drifting as I wanted to get some attention through it as well, so I started buying fashionable clothes rather than clothes that resemble me and my personality, my tastes, that embrace my figure and make me feel good. Thankfully, I found an internship, and, as you know, I deserted my blog because I didn’t have time to post on it. So I also deserted instagram, which was overwhelming my brain with images of über desirable clothes, food, healthy routines and such, and with all these miserable comments that people being their screen allow themselves to post -about how fat she is, how flat her arse/breast is and she really has nothing of a woman, what a fitspo this skinny muscular body is, how I’d like to bone this one, how love is not winning if it’s gay love …
It eventually did me good, as I was finally able to get rid of all this weird kind of pressure and feeling (I had been blogging for a few months only, so I wasn’t that pressured but you know, for the story) that made me somewhat like/desire stuff that I was not interested in before and sometimes made me sorry for humanity. I am a rather lazy person when it comes to efforts for myself and there is very few stuff that I would do without being happy about it -like cleaning my cat’s litter (but then again, I love my kitty), or I would do to match other people’s opinion. Because I couldn’t care less really, expect that this nonsense is becoming the norm.
So this little introspection made me ponder on the whole fashion world and business, and my relation to it. I am passionate about clothes, fabrics, materials, colours, designs, techniques, how they can shape the body. I am also passionate about fashion as it shapes more than the body, but the world, or at least reflects its reality in the most visible way.
But … what is fashion saying these past years ? That becoming famous because you leaked a sex tape and show your arse to the world is the definitive form of self-achievement ? That being daughter-of makes you more worthy than anybody else ? That liking is more important that disliking ? That money and followers make luxury and not the quality of the maison and the products anymore ? That you do not exist if you aren’t on social media ? That creation and innovation are less important than making profits ? That money has become the absolute end to everything and justify anything ? That shaming and hating is the only way to deal with people and things ?
I mean, if this is what fashion says today, then the world is one creepy place.
Fashion is not as exciting as it used to be. I tend to be quite cynical, and fashion nowadays got me even more cynical, with nonsenses such as the Kardashians & co (you got the previous reference!), 70s reuse til we puke suede and flares (I do love my 70s, don’t get me wrong, but this 70s fever has become quite ridiculous), brand-controlled editorials and blogs, dead fashion criticism, fastfashion catwalk copies and ethics, contradicting body images, ridiculous pricing, declining quality and savoir-faire, …
Thankfully the whole fashion industry is starting to realise this whirl of schizophrenia, and some try to fight this decline and raise the bar up again. On the long run, this could end up something very exciting ! All these rising criticism and awareness mean that something is going on in the fashion world, and that things might (FINALLY) be turned around. And I cannot wait to see (and maybe be part of) this little revolution –which I really hope will come !
BONUS : To help myself and you guys getting all debates clear in our brains, I picked some posts/articles found on my beloved web and my favorite blogs and classified them by topics. I apologise if most of them are going to be in French, but I tend to enjoy reading my more serious fashion reads in French.
– Fashion boredom : Café Mode / Tendances de Mode / Fashion United
– Body image : Café Mode / Society Pages / Tendances de Mode / Pandora Sykes / Pandora Sykes / Daily Mail
– Fashion and ethics : Pandora Sykes / Pandora Sykes / Café Mode / The Guardian
– Social Media : Pandora Sykes
– Others : Pandora Sykes / Pandora Sykes / Tendances de Mode