I was talking with a wonderfully unique friend this morning- somehow we got on the topic of individual style. Why is it that some people have a very distinctive look- good or bad- without even trying, or so it seems, and others work so hard to come up with a signature look and end up stamped out of a mold. It happens all the time.
I think it all goes back to the Mass Produced world we live in. Mass Media, Mass Production, and Mass Distribution. It seems everywhere you look you will find imitations of the real thing. It goes something like this- a well known and fantastic designer shows his new line at New York Fashion Week – I am in heaven since it is going on right now in NYC, so I will use Max Azria as an example, an all time favorite designer of mine. He comes out with his 2008 line- (here is a glimpse)
The line is fresh and strong and the Mass Media writes about it in glowing terms… cheap knockoffs start appearing shortly thereafter because of Mass Production, and get into the main stream via Mass Distribution at the same time high end boutiques.
Because the In looks are so accessible to everyone at the same time, and so many people willing to copy and not create- Sameness is the result.
I really do appreciate the individual~ good or bad, the look is all your own. The standouts with a look of their own. And oh how I love the innovators and designers that truly create Fashion Week! (I really have so much to say about New York Fashion Week- so stay tuned!)