Kenzo has moved from being obsessed with tigers to all about the Eye. On sweatshirts, bags and any conceivable Kenzo surface. The weave patterned Celine sneakers looked not too dissimilar to the dirt cheap Chinese storage bags that every Asian person on the face of the earth is familiar with. What can I say? Inspiration comes in all forms and ways. Let's take a look at Marc Jacobs. He and his team of designers loved the foldable bag so much that they copied it for Louis Vuitton as a tribute and charged a small fortune for it. Going back to these Celine Skate sneakers........ they've been photographed on the feet of many mainstream and popular bloggers as well as fashionistas. I'd say, they're a definite candidate on Celine Doan's Shit Bloggers Wear. I'll have to tell my relatives in Asia how fashion forward they are.
What's with the socks and heels combo? I'm bemused at how many actually jumped on the bandwagon despite how ridiculous and contrived it looked. And uncomfortable. Balancing on heels while running from one show to the next or trying to glide on the pebbly bits of the Tuileries is hard enough. Add a pair of socks and you're practically left with no grip on those hard soles. This reminded me of how the magazines raved about the furry Celine heels and continued waxing lyrical about Birkenstocks which looked like they'd sprouted hair overnight. The first reminded me of Big Bird in heels and the second, his partner in crime, Elmo.
And then there's the jacket/coat draped over the shoulder. We've all done it including yours truly. Posing and standing deathly still is one thing. Let's be honest here, wearing it this way allows your outfit to be more visible. Trying to do a catwalk on the street while perilously balancing the jacket on your shoulders is another story. Toss in a young child and it's borderline lunacy, excruciatingly contrived and utter vanity (I've tried doing it and the results ain't pretty..........)
Whilst photos of some of the most outlandish costumes are beamed to all corners of the internet world, fashion predictors and influencers - the likes of Anna Wintour (Chanel suits and Manolo Blahnik Carolynes), Emmanuelle Alt (cropped skinny jeans, well tailored jacket/blazer, pointy heels), Carine Roitfeld (pencil skirts and sky high heels) are equally pursued by street style photographers. Interestingly, they never seem to veer from their individual uniforms. They have their own styles regardless of fashion trends. On one hand, they may preach the gospel of fashion, on the other, they're not followers. How hypocritical. And guess who we admire more. Yup, those who stuck to their guns.
At times, the current obsession with all things fashion reminds me of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale story "The Emperor's New Clothes". Do we blindly follow fashion trends just because the cool people wear it? Are we concentrating more on our exterior than working on our inner self? Has looking good taken precedence over the importance of being kind and thoughtful?
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