I was watching a short documentary about Joseph Altuzarra, a young American fashion designer who was talking about his experiences leading to New York Fashion Week. He said something interesting. “You strive to come up with something, which feels… at least fresh. Because honestly, to do something that feels new, like completely new today, is just really hard.”
I totally agree with that. I mean, I’m not a fashion designer, but I can completely relate to that. I mean, think about it. In terms of fashion, what is there yet to be created that someone hasn’t already done before? I suppose that since the 90′s, and the whole “rock ‘n’ roll” look that came with it, there hasn’t really been any visible, dramatic styles that would have left a real mark. Everything that’s come afterwards has been sort of an imitation or an alteration of something that we’ve already seen before.
I feel impelled to return to one of my previous ponders, that might we be coming to a point where everything and nothing is in fashion? And that the whole idea of “fashion” is actually an illusion? So, that in mind, to always be on top of the game, and even one step ahead, we should hold on to the things we buy, because more likely than not, they’ll be “in fashion” once again, if not next season, then the season after that.
Illustration by Le Parapluie.