The Fashion Crisis

I don’t usually care about celebrities, nor do I particulary pay attention to their lives. Flipping through Italian Men’s Vogue (L’Uomo) I have always found interesting the fact that random American celebrities are used to illustrate a certain style. Do you consider Devendra Banhart to be some sort of style icon? Maybe, if you even knew who he was. How about William Baldwin? Exactly.

The problem I have with the media and magazines today is that they are simply forums for actors to promote themselves, their movies, or some other product pushed upon us by designers that are having trouble finding basic and common things to overprice. I can understand looking to celebrities for style ideas and fashion-forward outfits, but, the reality is that our current crop of stars are overstyled and clearly lacking in a style that truly reflects them. One of the all-time greatest style icons is Gianni Agnelli, he owned a car company, see my point?

How many times do I have to see Daniel Radcliffe with some dirt on his face and some hair on his chest? Who the fuck are the Jonas Brothers? They look like they have jerry curls, and they are apparently musicians, and I have yet to hear them sing or play one note. These are supposed to be the style icons of our time. How sad.

The fashion crisis I speak of is coming about as we cling to brand names to give us fashion authority; as if the fact that some Swedish guy designed my Keds lookalikes, they are therefore a steal at $400. People need to realize that these fashion designers draw their inspiration from things we have put in disuse, simply to reprise the originality of others as their own. The problem of a fashion crisis is systemic of a larger problem, that of our true creativity as a people.

When will we be able to wear something simply because we like it, instead of when the masses do? It seems to be the case that even when one rebels against conformity, there seems to be an even tighter code of conduct within that non-conformist attitude. It’s funny, in a time when we–as young people–claim freedom of choice as the biggest priority, we throw it away in grander ways than we realize.

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4 Responses to “The Fashion Crisis”


  1. 1 Tom September 12, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I can’t believe that is Harry Potter… Who is he kidding?


  1. 1 The Fashion Crisis | Eleven Magazine Trackback on September 12, 2008 at 12:29 pm
  2. 2 Is Kanye Our Style Icon? « Trackback on October 3, 2008 at 12:36 pm

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