Sunday, February 17, 2013

How do you define fashion?

Hello dear readers! ^.^

Today I thought I'd make time for a bit longer post. This blog is growing steadily, and it's so much fun to be a part of it! Gulli and I have been talking about creating a Facebook page for the blog too, so you can follow us there as well. This, as well as a new header, will hopefully get into place during our winter vacation. (As mentioned earlier, I don't exactly have much to do.) 
I hope you'll support us in the future too :D

What I'm going to write about today is fashion. Not a particular style, tips and so on, but just fashion.
Have you ever asked yourself: what is fashion? 
Well, I have, and the answer turned out to be more complicated than I first thought. There is a lot to the term "fashion". Just imagine all those wealthy, high status women that buy out-of-this-world expensive designer items, and sit on first row at all the big fashion shows. They all claim to be true fashionistas, but are they really? What defines good fashion?

To me, it's not enough to buy some expensive clothing in a famous fashion store.
The fashion industry have become a billion-industry, and wherever there's a lot of money involved, there will always be people that are after just that. Just the money. 
It has become many meanings of the word "trend". You have the trends the public wear, and the trends you create yourself. In my eyes, a trend is something that occurs on the street, and not at the office of a big fashion brand. 
Don't misunderstand, there are a lot of amazing designers who really deserve their fame and money.
But I don't think that the trends that are presented in some fashion magazines and fashion shows should be followed strictly. It's wrong to claim that everyone can walk around with the same and still look trendy.
It's not just about body shape and appearance either, but what type of personality you are.   
Some are punks at heart, others are cute princesses or fierce businesswomen. 
To think that all would look good in long skirts and batik pattern is naive. People should use fashion that match themselves, not fashion that matches the public's expectations. 
I think that fashion is a perfect weapon to provoke and inspire others, and renew our thoughts and opinions. We need to be different, dress different, act different. 
Fashion should be a way to express oneself, and I can't help but notice that the fashion industry are moving further away from this principle. 
"This fall you should dress in leather and wine red." " Use the 80's inspired swimsuits on the beach this summer!" I don't think that's how fashion should work.
It can inspire, but why should all "fashionable" people ditch all the pastel colored items in their closet and start wearing olive green and bronze, just because some "representatives" of fashion told them to?
Even though you thrive much more in bright pastels? 
Dear fashion-loving and confident girls all over the globe: you have received a task!
Renew the term "trend", and go out there and show the world that fashion is art; living and unique, and it can't be defined by some rich designer or a big fashion magazine!

Oh, quite a long text there. I'll add some pictures form the fashion area Harajuku in Tokyo. While you look at the pictures, please bear in mind that they're all different, yet fashionable, and this type of art wouldn't be possible is everyone had to wear the same design. 

All photos are from Tokyo Fashion, except the two upper photos that I got from Nakagawa Juria's fanpage on Facebook. (Juria is a rather cool fashionista, you should check her out.) ^^ 

Hope you liked this long post, let me know if you want me to post something similar in the future. Also, if you have any thoughts or opinions on this, don't hesitate to comment! ^.^

Talk to you later ~ 

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